The Canadian Journalism Foundation announces Excellence in Journalism Award finalists

TORONTO, April 9, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is proud to announce the Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large media category.

The shortlist recognizes Canadian news organizations that embody exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community they serve.

"This year's entries reflected the range of extraordinary work done by news organizations on social, political, economic and cultural issues," says Christopher Waddell, associate professor with the School or Journalism and Communication at Carleton University and chair of the jury. "The entries also demonstrate how quickly news organizations are moving away from their traditional roles as newspapers, television and radio outlets to a multimedia work in which they are creating and presenting news and information in new and combined formats for print, broadcast online and mobile audiences."

The five finalists in the large media category (more than 50 full-time employees), and the stories for which they are nominated, are:

The Globe and Mail
"Invisible Wounds"
"Crisis in the military"
"If mental health help is there, why aren't soldiers getting it?"
"13 first responders, 13 suicides, 10 weeks"

"Crimes sexuels : le cancer qui ronge l'armée canadienne"

Toronto Star
"CBC fires Jian Ghomeshi over sex allegations"
"Canadian post-secondary schools failing sex assault victims"
"Rape victim's ordeal with University of Saskatchewan"

Winnipeg Free Press
"City Beautiful: How Architecture Shaped Winnipeg's DNA"
"Part I: Great Expectations"
"Part II: Coming of Age"
"Part III: Our Renaissance"

The winner in the large media category will be announced at the annual CJF Awards—celebrating 25 years of journalistic excellence—to be held at The Fairmont Royal York on June 3 in Toronto.

The Excellence in Journalism Award, now in its 19th year, was established by Dr. F.L.R. (Eric) Jackman, chairman of the Jackman Foundation and founder of The Canadian Journalism Foundation.

The members of the jury include:
Chair - Christopher Waddell, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Mary De Paoli, Executive Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial
Hershell Ezrin, Managing Director, Ezrin Communications
Dr. F.L.R. Jackman, PhD, Chairman, Jackman Foundation
Antonia Maioni, PhD, Professor, Department of Political Science, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University
Shauna Snow-Capparelli,
Associate Professor and Chair, Bachelor of Communication-Journalism, Mount Royal University

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About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites (English) and (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 59 Adelaide St. E, 5th floor, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6, Phone: 416-955-0394, email:


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