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Toronto Star wins the CJF Excellence in Journalism Award
 

Michael Cooke, editor of the Toronto Star, accepted the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large/national media category at the 17th Annual CJF Awards.

TORONTO, June 4, 2014 - The Toronto Star has won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large/national media category at the largest-ever 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) Awards.

"In the finest traditions of investigative journalism, the Toronto Star fearlessly committed its journalistic resources to uncovering one of the most important ethical stories in recent political leadership, despite economic cost and some politically motivated criticism," says Hershell Ezrin, a member of the jury. "But these principles and commitment to telling the whole story were also demonstrated in developing other major stories of the year and how they impacted Canadians."

The Vancouver Observer won in the local/regional media category and L'Echo de Frontenac received an Honourable Mention. The award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community it serves.

Other Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large/national category included the CP Picture Service, CTV News, Globalnews.ca and the Winnipeg Free Press. Finalists in the local/regional media category included CBC Edmonton, CBC New Brunswick and Global Calgary.

The winners were announced at the 17th Annual CJF Awards to be held at The Fairmont Royal York on June 4 in Toronto.

The Excellence in Journalism Award, now in its 18th year, was established by Dr. F.L.R. (Eric) Jackman, chairman of the Jackman Foundation and founder of The Canadian Journalism Foundation.

The members of the jury include:

Christopher Waddell, Director, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Hershell Ezrin, Managing Director, Ezrin Communications
Dr. F.L.R. Jackman, PhD, Chairman, Jackman Foundation
Kenneth McRoberts, Principal, Glendon, York University
Frank Switzer, Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Sun Life Financial
Bruce Wallace, Editor, Policy Options


ABOUT THE EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARD

The Excellence in Journalism Award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community it serves.

It is one of the major journalistic awards of the year and the only national award given to a journalistic organization for overall extraordinary performance.

The award embraces ideals of originality, courage, independence; accuracy, social responsibility and accountability; and impact on the community; as well as diversity and professional development opportunities.

Winners in two categories are selected:
1) Large or national media
2) Local or regional media

Entrants are asked to fill in the online application form explaining how the organization ensures journalistic excellence and why it merits this award. Submissions should respond directly and succinctly to the selection criteria. Application fees are $50 for large media outlets and $25 for small media outlets.

This award opens in January, 2014. The finalists will be announced in April. The recipient is determined by a jury and will be announced at the 17th Annual CJF Awards held in Toronto on June 4, 2014.

Deadline extended: March 3, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
 

Application tips:

  • Be sure to describe, specifically and succinctly, policies and practices that address all points in the excellence criteria.
  • Provide an example or two of how your organization meets each criterion.
  • Previous winners and/or finalists from the previous two years should indicate what has been accomplished since their last award and/or submission.

This award is now closed.

 


 

RECIPIENTS

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