TORONTO, May 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation is pleased to announce Laura Stone, a federal politics reporter for Globalnews.ca, as the winner of this year's Greg Clark Award for early-career journalists.

The Greg Clark Award, unique in Canadian journalism, offers working journalists a chance to spend a week gaining insight, gathering strategic information and meeting key decision-makers on a specific issue or beat. Stone proposed shadowing the RCMP's National Division to learn about the nature of police work on sensitive cases—and the RCMP agreed.

"I believe the experience of spending a week inside the RCMP's National Division, which handles the country's most high-risk and sensitive investigations, will grant me a window into a world I often write about but have never experienced first-hand," says Stone, who is based in Ottawa. "The knowledge I will gain from being in the unit and learning how cases are put together will benefit me for the rest of my journalistic career. Thank you to both The Canadian Journalism Foundation and the RCMP for granting me this opportunity."

Prior to joining Globalnews.ca, Stone worked at the Vancouver Province, Postmedia News' Parliamentary bureau and the Calgary Herald, where she wrote a national series about women's prisons as the inaugural winner of the Michelle Lang Fellowship. At Globalnews, Laura covers a wide variety of stories, including the "Lunch with Laura" series.

"This year's Greg Clark Award attracted engaging proposals across the country from young journalists with keen and inquiring minds," says Dan Dunsky, jury member and executive producer of TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin. "One thing is clear: these are people who care. Laura Stone's pitch rose to the top because it is a story of national interest involving issues of transparency, accountability and justice at the highest levels."

The award was created in memory of Greg Clark, one of Canada's greatest journalists - a war correspondent, an avid outdoorsman, a humorist, but above all a great reporter who excelled at storytelling.

Stone will be honoured at the CJF Awards (#CJFawards), to be held this year at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 3.

The CJF would like to thank Shaw Communications and the Toronto Star for their generous support of this award.

 

INSIGHT. EXPERIENCE. ACCESS. CONNECTIONS. WHAT'S YOUR ISSUE?

Greg Clark

The Greg Clark Award offers journalists early in their career a chance to go behind the scenes and meet key decision-makers on their beats.

The award was created in memory of one of Canada's greatest journalists - a war correspondent, an avid outdoorsman, a humourist, but above all, a great reporter who excelled at storytelling.

It's an award that's unique among Canadian journalism, one that's designed to offer working journalists a chance to gain insight and meet key decision-makers on their beats. The successful applicant(s) will get an opportunity to spend up to a week observing the inner workings of an organization not usually accessible to the working journalist. The award addresses the need for broader awareness and exposure of the increasing complexity of issues and institutions journalists cover in day to day reportage.
 

Successful applicants will:

• Spend up to a week observing the inner workings of an organization not usually accessible to the working journalist.
• Receive $5,000 for travel and accommodation expenses, and incidentals, with unused funds to be converted into a stipend.
• Be recognized at the annual CJF Awards in June 2015 in Toronto.
 

Criteria

  • Applications will be welcomed from Canadian journalists who have been employed for one to five years and are employed by, under contract to, or freelancing on the news and editorial side of regularly published newspapers and periodicals, TV and radio news broadcasters, and online publications.
  • Applicants must agree that any information gathered is off-the-record unless the sponsoring organization agrees otherwise. There may be an opportunity to pitch stories to specific media outlets together with the sponsoring organization.
  • Successful applicants will write a brief summary of their experience and provide photos/video upon completion of their professional development opportunity to be posted on the CJF website.


How to Apply

  • Submit a detailed proposal of no more than two pages outlining how you'd like to use this professional development opportunity to expand knowledge of your beat. Explain how the internship will help you in your daily work.
  • Provide links to two examples of your beat work.
  • Include your resume.
  • Submit a proposed budget for all travel and accommodation expenses, and incidentals (meals, public transit/taxis) up to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Include at least one letter of recommendation from a relevant employer.

The jury will be looking for innovative proposals from journalists interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of issues rather than their reporting skills.

All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation with award winners. The successful applicant(s) will have their expenses covered for any travel and accommodation costs.
 

AWARD OPENS: February 2, 2015
DEADLINE
: February 27, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EST

For information, contact programs@cjf-fjc.ca

Read about what previous award recipients did for their professional development opportunities:

Katie May - 2014

Ashleigh Gaul - 2013

Tamara Baluja - 2012

Marion Warnica - 2011

Arielle Godbout - 2010

Mary-Catherine McIntosh - 2009

Jennifer Dunville - 2008

Megan Wennberg - 2007

Trish Audette - 2006

André Dumont - 2005

Matt Silver - 2004

Shi Davidi - 2004

Greg Younger-Lewis - 2003

Louise Abbott - 2002

 

The Canadian Journalism Foundation would like to thank

for their generous support of this award.

 
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