Accepting the 2016 CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism on behalf of CBC News were (from left to right): Cate Friesen, senior producer with CBC Aboriginal, Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, Cecil Rosner, managing editor of CBC Manitoba and Connie Walker, investigative reporter with CBC News. Watch the acceptance speech.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY. DIVERSITY. COURAGE. INDEPENDENCE.

HAVE YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE? SHARE THE GOOD NEWS
 


About the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism

The CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism honours a Canadian organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves.

Since 1996, the CJF has celebrated news organizations that embrace ideals of journalistic excellence – accuracy, independence, accountability, courage and originality – with this annual award. Winners, since 2007, are selected in two categories: large media and small media.
 

Details and Criteria

Applicants can enter in one of two categories:
- Large media organization (more than 50 full-time employees)
- Small media organization (50 full-time employees or less)

The category is determined by the size of an organization's staff for reporting, production, technical and presentation support and the staff they can draw upon within any larger organization of which they are a part. Entrants must indicate which of these two categories they represent. There is a $200 application fee for large media organizations and a $100 application fee for small media organizations. Please note that student media are not eligible for this award.

Only material published or broadcast in the previous calendar year may be submitted.  Only one entry will be accepted from a single Canadian print media outlet, news broadcast program or online news organization. Entries may have up to three individual items on a common theme.  They can include: articles, editorials, blogs, photographs, cartoons, videos, radio broadcasts, interactive graphics, and multimedia projects. 

In addition to a brief synopsis of the work submitted, the following questions are to be addressed (with the weight of each question provided):

1.    Describe the extent of work that went into the production of the story or series. 15%
2.    Explain why your news organization selected this topic. 15%
3.    Describe with supporting evidence the impact of the story/stories, including identifying the specific communities affected.  15%
4.    Detail the resources in time and numbers dedicated to the work submitted, compared to the overall resources of the news organization. 15%
5.    From this list of standards for excellence in journalism, select up to three that are most applicable to your submission and explain why you selected each of them: originality, courage, independence, accuracy, social responsibility, accountability, and diversity. 40%

Judging
In evaluating each qualifying entry, judges will consider:
•    Quality of writing/storytelling
•    Clarity of work submitted
•    Stated impact on community

The finalists will be announced in April. The recipient is determined by a jury and will be announced at the CJF Awards held in Toronto on June 8, 2017.

DEADLINE: Feb. 24, 2017

 

ONLINE APPLICATION

 

Please contact CJF executive director Natalie Turvey should you have any questions.
 



 

RECIPIENTS

2016

CBC News
(large media)
Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief
Cecil Rosner, managing editor, CBC Manitoba

Telegraph-Journal (Saint John, N.B.)
(small media)
Adam Huras, provincial editor

2015
The Globe and Mail
(large media)
David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief
Ingrid Peritz, correspondent, Montreal

The Coast
(small media)
Kyle Shaw, Publisher

2014
Toronto Star
(large media)
Michael Cooke, Editor

Vancouver Observer
(local media)
Linda Solomon, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

2013
Winnipeg Free Press
(large media)
Paul Samyn, Editor

The Tyee
(small media)
Michelle Hoar, Director of Publishing and Advertising

2012
The Current (CBC Radio)
(large media)
Pam Bertrand, Executive Producer
Anna Maria Tremonti, Host

Vancouver Observer
(small media)
Linda Solomon, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

2011
Toronto Star
(large media)
Michael Cooke, Editor-in-Chief

CBC Manitoba
(small media)
Cecil Rosner, Managing Editor

2010
Toronto Star
(large media)
Michael Cooke, Editor-in-Chief

Metroland Durham Region
(small media)
Joanne Burghardt, Editor-in-Chief

2009
Winnipeg Free Press
(large media)
Margo Goodhand, Editor-in-Chief

The Tyee
(small media)
David Beers, Editor-in-Chief

2008
The Canadian Press
(large media)
Scott White, Editor-in-Chief

The Telegram
(small media)
Russell Wangersky, Editor-in-Chief

2007
The Hamilton Spectator
(large media)
David Estok, Editor-in-Chief

The Guelph Mercury
(small media)
Lynn Haddrall, Editor-in-Chief

2006
The Globe and Mail
Edward Greenspon, Editor-in-Chief

2005
The Hamilton Spectator
Dana Robbins, Editor-in-Chief

2004
CBC News
Tony Burman, Editor-in-Chief

2003
The Record of Waterloo Region
Lynn Haddrall, Editor-in-Chief

2002
CTV News
Kirk LaPointe, Senior Vice-President

2001
CBC - Canada Now - Winnipeg
Cecil Rosner, Executive Producer

2000
The Ottawa Citizen
Neil Reynolds, Editor

1999
Maclean's Magazine
Bob Lewis, Editor-in-Chief

1998
The Toronto Star
John Honderich, Publisher

1997
CBC Newfoundland and Labrador Television News and Current Affairs
Bob Wakeham, Area/Executive Producer

1996
The Telegraph-Journal and Evening Times-Globe of Saint John, New Brunswick
Neil Reynolds, Editor