TORONTO, June 3, 2015 /CNW/ - The Globe and Mail is this year's Excellence in Journalism Award in the large media category at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards. The Globe won for its series "Thalidomide," which spurred a positive government financial response that helped ease the plight of survivors and their families.
"This is what journalism should be: telling stories that matter," says Shauna Snow-Capparelli, a member of the Excellence Jury and chair of the journalism program at Mount Royal University. "In gripping detail, the Globe painted a vivid picture of the lives affected and the terrible pain they face every day. The photos, as well, were brilliant: shocking, yet not gratuitous.
"The time and care devoted to this enterprise is to be commended, and all the more so because it's so rare in these times of dwindling resources. This is a testament to why such investment of resources must be vigorously defended. This is why journalism matters."
The annual award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community it serves. It was announced, during a special tribute to CJF founder Eric Jackman, that the award will be renamed The Jackman Excellence in Journalism Award in his honour. Other Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large media category included L'actualité, Globalnews.ca, the Toronto Star and the Winnipeg Free Press.
In the small media category, Halifax's The Coast won the Excellence in Journalism Award for stories about two women who were relentlessly harassed and the failure of the justice system.
The inaugural CJF Innovation Award went to Emergent, recognizing the website's breakthrough impact in advancing the quality of journalism. Craig Silverman founded Emergent to tackle the challenge of assessing the huge volume of social media information by checking the veracity of stories, rumours and viral claims. Finalists for this award included CBC News (CBC News app for iOS) and La Presse (La Presse+ Digital Editon for Tablets).
More than 600 journalists, media executives and business leaders from across the country gathered at The Fairmont Royal York for the annual celebration of excellence in journalism. This year's sold-out event celebrated the CJF's 25th anniversary. Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent of CBC News and anchor of The National, was the host.
Among the evening's other awards:
The previously announced Lifetime Achievement Award went to Michel Auger, former veteran crime reporter for Le Journal de Montréal who also worked for CBC/Radio-Canada. Best known for his exposés of organized crime, Auger's coverage of the long and violent rivalry among motorcycle gangs in Quebec in the 1990s is credited with helping to establish a provincial task force that eventually led to the end of the war and the jailing of many of its key figures. His reporting was informed by his underworld connections as well as police sources. In 2000, he was shot six times in the back during an attack by an unknown assailant, but went on to write a best-selling memoir (one of several books), The Biker Who Shot Me.
The annual CJF Tribute honoured Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of books such as The Tipping Point and Blink, for his pioneering work as journalist and author.
The CJF thanks the following organizations for their support of its annual Awards event: RBC, BMO Financial Group, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Postmedia, Accenture, Medtronic, Scotiabank, CTV News, Manulife Financial, Rogers, Barrick Gold Corporation, Canadian Bankers Association, Sun Life Financial, and Tom Kierans and Mary Janigan.
Thank you also to Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Metro, BlackBerry, CBC News, CNW, CTV News, Global News and Porter for their in-kind support of the event.
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 J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
Image with caption: "The Globe and Mail's Ingrid Peritz, Montreal-based correspondent, and David Walmsley, editor-in-chief, accepted the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large media category for its "Thalidomide" series at The Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards. Photo: CNW/Shan Qiao for The Canadian Journalism Foundation. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150603_C4344_PHOTO_EN_17555.jpg
For further information: Media Contact Information: Wendy Kan, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, Phone: 416.955.0975, e-mail:[email protected], www.cjf-fjc.ca