Who we are
Since 1990, the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) has been working to preserve, provoke, and enhance excellence in journalism. The CJF has been dedicated to acting as a catalyst for open and honest dialogue – helping to improve relationships between and understanding of the media and the private and public organizations that are often the focus of media and public attention. It is a pivotal distinction that sets the Canadian Journalism Foundation apart.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation attracts presidents, CEOs and senior executives from Canada's leading institutions. CJF's Executive Committee and Board of Governors include high-level representatives from corporations, media organizations, academic institutions, professional associations, and some of Canada's leading charitable foundations. CJF is built on the commitment of these inspired and influential individuals who lend their time and expertise to furthering CJF's mission.
What we do
CJF's approach is built on four cornerstones:
The CJF recognizes outstanding achievement through one of the industry’s most prestigious annual awards programs. The Excellence in Journalism Award is the only one of its kind, presented to a news organization for excellence across four criteria.(Left: Amanda Lang, senior business correspondent for CBC News and co-host of The Lang & O'Leary Exchange, hosted the 16th Annual CJF Awards.) The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada. The Honorary Tribute is presented to a media luminary who has made a global impact through journalism. The awards program culminates at our annual CJF Awards, where prominent journalists, media executives, business and public sector leaders come together to celebrate excellence in journalism.
Justice. Equity. Unity. Democracy. We explore the most pressing issues facing the country today at our monthly CJF J-Talks – public events where journalists, business people, government officials, academics and students gather to discuss the role of the media in Canadian society. Journalists gain insights into conditions and constraints that guide business and government decisions and actions. Non-journalists gain an understanding of the realities that drive media policies and practices.(Left: Michael Cooke, editor of the Toronto Star, discussed the future of newspapers alongside other editors and publishers during the 2012-2013 season.)
CJF is working tirelessly to ensure journalism is at its best. Those immersed in the industry have come to depend on J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) to provide them with the latest journalism news, opinions, tools, advice and connections. These website projects are maintained in cooperation with the country’s leading journalism schools and organizations, and feature original and collected resources. Their goal is to enable a national, online conversation about the achievement of, and challenges to, excellence in Canadian journalism, and provide a convenient and trustworthy source of information and commentary.
No question about it, these are tough times. And in the media, tough times demand senior managers who are creative, strategic and innovative – people who can do more with less. Developing such people has always been a challenge. The Canadian Journalism Foundation has previously joined with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto to create the Media Management Executive Education Program, Canada’s only management certificate program for journalists. The focus was on developing business-knowledgeable journalists through an integrated curriculum.
Why it is so important
Canadians need the best available information in order to make sound decisions about the issues that shape our society. Access to in-depth, authoritative information is vital to the democratic process.
As Canadians' primary source of information about today's complex and challenging issues, the media play a pivotal role in shaping public decision making. Media are challenged to fulfill their role of providing intelligent, incisive information. They need access to the knowledge and insights of experts. They need to gain greater understanding of the issues and forces that underlie policy and decision making in the private, non-profit and public sectors. They need opportunities to exchange ideas and perspectives with others both in and outside their field.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation creates these opportunities by working with media and non-media organizations to improve the quality of public information through excellence in journalism. Our forums offer high-level, in-depth dialogue and debate. The result: Powerful ideas and insight that contribute to knowledge and influence understanding.