Accepting the 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.


CBC News wins CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism

Toronto, June 16, 2016 - CBC News is this year's recipient of the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism in the large-media category. CBC News won the honour at the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 16 based on the following stories:

"Missing & Murdered: Unsolved cases of indigenous women and girls"
"Families of missing and murdered indigenous women give police a failing grade"
"Family prays for justice 12 years after Felicia Solomon's remains found in Red River"

"This is CBC at its best, telling these deeply personal stories with insight and dignity, and making the project even richer by knitting together its reportorial and production resources on every platform," says Trina McQueen, a jury member and longtime broadcast executive, who is now adjunct professor in the Arts and Media department of the Schulich School of Business at York University. "The direct involvement of indigenous journalists added to the depth and authenticity of the reporting."

Named after CJF founder Eric Jackman, this annual award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting positive impact on the community it serves. The finalists in the large media category were:

16x9, Global News
"Under Fire: Were Moncton RCMP officers ready for the call?"

The Globe and Mail
"The Unremembered"
An investigation that revealed at least 54 soldiers and veterans killed themselves after returning from fighting in Afghanistan, and how the investigation unfolded.

"Welcome to Winnipeg: Where Canada's racism problem is at its worst"
"One year later: Winnipeg leaders on a city's fight against racism"
"'It could have been me.' Thirteen remarkable women share their own stories"

Toronto Star
"Sick Kids reassigns oversight of Motherisk program"
"Scope of Motherisk probe doubled to cover 2005-15"
"Damning review of Motherisk drug testing sparks call for second probe"










Adam Huras, provincial editor with the Telegraph-Journal, accepted the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism in the small-media category. Watch his acceptance speech.

In the small-media category, the Telegraph-Journal, based in Saint John, N.B., won the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism for "Tracking Daycare Deficiencies."

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

Metro Ottawa
"City of Ottawa won't divulge Parliament Hill shooting report recommendations"
"Privacy watchdog reviews Ottawa's redaction of Parliament Hill shooting report"
"Parliament Hill report finds not enough guards to quickly lock down Ottawa city hall"

National Observer (Vancouver based)
"Redacted diary reveals oil's hidden route to Harper"
"Enbridge dismisses allegations of impropriety in Duffy communications"
"Questions persist in Parliament on Duffy-Harper-Enbridge connection"

Toronto Life
"The Skin I'm In: I've been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I'm black"

The Tyee (Vancouver based)
"Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?"
"Fracking Industry Has Changed Earthquake Patterns in Northeast BC"
"Supreme Court Rejects Argument to Dismiss Landmark Fracking Case"




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%

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 16, 2016.

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



The Globe and Mail

(large media)
David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief
Ingrid Peritz, correspondent, Montreal

The Coast
(small media)
Kyle Shaw, Publisher

Toronto Star
(large media)
Michael Cooke, Editor

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

Winnipeg Free Press
(large media)
Paul Samyn, Editor

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

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

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

CBC Manitoba
(small media)
Cecil Rosner, Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Hamilton Spectator
Dana Robbins, Editor-in-Chief

CBC News
Tony Burman, Editor-in-Chief

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

CTV News
Kirk LaPointe, Senior Vice-President

CBC - Canada Now - Winnipeg
Cecil Rosner, Executive Producer

The Ottawa Citizen
Neil Reynolds, Editor

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

The Toronto Star
John Honderich, Publisher

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

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