TORONTO, Jan. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Nominations are being accepted online for the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 30, 2014.
The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others. The winner will be selected by a jury and presented at the 17th Annual CJF Awards at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 4, 2014.
Among the items to be considered are: body of journalistic work during career; contribution to society through outstanding journalism; and recognition and respect from peers and community. This award is not limited to a specific category of journalism and we encourage submissions from all categories of journalism including the following: politics, general, business, arts and culture, sports, and cartoon/humour.
Last year's winner was Michael Maclear, a broadcast journalist, foreign correspondent, and independent filmmaker.
"The CJF Lifetime Achievement Award is exceptional," says Maclear. "It's been a huge privilege to spend nearly 60 years in Canadian journalism."
Maclear was the CBC's first Far East correspondent, reporting extensively from South Vietnam and, as CBC's London correspondent, was the only Western network journalist permitted to film in North Vietnam at the time. Maclear was also CTV's first foreign correspondent, based in London. For 35 years, Maclear worked as an independent writer-producer. During that time, he produced the definitive documentary Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War, a 26-part television series, together with a book of the same title. Maclear recently released a book on his experience in North Vietnam, Guerilla Nation: My Wars In and Out of Vietnam.
Maclear joins a list of esteemed journalists who have received the award, including Joe Schlesinger, June Callwood, Lise Bissonnette, Peter Gzowski, Peter C. Newman, Robert Fulford, and Bernard Derome.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through an annual awards program; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society; by supporting journalism websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ.ca (French), in co-operation with the country's leading journalism schools; and by fostering opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information:
Natalie Turvey, Executive Director
The Canadian Journalism Foundation