Robyn Doolittle, reporter with The Globe and Mail, is the recipient of the 2018 Landsberg Award. View her acceptance speech.

Robyn Doolittle, reporter with The Globe and Mail, is the recipient of the 2018 Landsberg Award, for her “Unfounded” series exposing a pattern of mishandling sexual assault cases by police across the country. 

The award celebrates a journalist who is raising awareness about women’s equality issues in Canada. Her "Unfounded" series included the following:
"Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless"
"How alcohol complicates sexual assault cases"
"How police missteps can derail sex-assault cases"

The other finalists were:
•    Emma Jones, gender reporter for Discourse Media, who explored topics ranging from the complex connections between resource extraction and violence against Indigenous women to rape survivors in British Columbia waiting two years for counselling;
"Women voice Site C concerns as impacts stay hidden"
"It's 2017 — but some rape survivors in B.C. are waiting two years for counselling"
"Ways to fix B.C.’s broken anti-violence sector — from the women who know it best"

•    Kathleen Goldhar, executive producer of CBC Radio’s The Current, along with Lara O’Brien, Pacinthe Mattar, Kristin Nelson, Anna Maria Tremonti, Cathy Simon and Piya Chattopadhyay, for exploring topics ranging from a Canadian soldier whose military career was threatened for reporting workplace sexual misconduct to the work of the National Inquiry into MMIWG, leadership and reconciliation;
"Canadian soldier who reported workplace sexual misconduct facing loss of military career"
"MMIWG Ottawa Public Forum"
"'He really took something from me': Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum says Harvey Weinstein assaulted her"

•    Anne Panasuk, journalist, and Emmanuel Marchand, producer and director, of Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête, for “Le cercle vicieux,” (English version available) a documentary which examined Indigenous women denouncing pedophilia in their communities and the vicious cycle that occurs from one generation to the next; and

•    Rachel Sanders, a freelance journalist for her series “Slaves to Tips: How BC Laws Fuel Sexism on the Job” in The Tyee, exploring sexism in British Columbia’s restaurant industry.
"Inside BC’s Sexist Restaurant Industry"
"Slaps, Gropes and Comments ‘Non-stop’"
"Sexism off the Menu: Seven Ways to Protect Servers from Abuse"

The winner was announced at the annual CJF Awards, June 14 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York and receives $5,000 from the Canadian Women's Foundation. 



The Landsberg Award is proudly presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation in association with the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

The award celebrates a journalist who is raising awareness about women’s equality issues in Canada and aims to inspire an increase in the media coverage and voice of women in Canada.

The award is named after Michele Landsberg—an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist—to acknowledge the tremendous impact that she has had as an advocate and role model for all women in Canada. The award will inspire relentless and fearless journalists to consider Canadian news from a women’s equality perspective.


Articulate, tenacious, progressive and persuasive, award-winning former Toronto Star columnist Michele Landsberg is one of Canada's best known feminists and social justice activists. A fearless advocate for women and children over many decades, she uses words, in print and in person, to fight injustice, to attack oppressive power structures and policies, and to champion the cause of human rights, race and gender equality, peace and pluralism. Through her columns, she gave a strong public voice to many of those who would otherwise not be heard.


This award will recognize a working journalist (employed or freelance) doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada.

The award recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation.

Awarded to a working journalist (employed or freelance) who has done the most to shine a spotlight on women’s equality issues in Canada in print, broadcast or online news reporting in 2017. Entries involving more than one contributor are welcome, and will be judged as a single submission. Submissions are welcome in the following formats: article, column, online piece, editorial, op-ed, radio program, podcast, television program or documentary film.

See the list of jurors for this award.

Submit one to three examples (in English or French) of original work in print, broadcast or online news reporting that demonstrates exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens and shines a spotlight on women’s equality issues in Canada.

In the online application, applicants are asked to address the following questions:

  1. How did a gender analysis and feminist framework inform your work? (maximum 100 words)
  2. What impact did your stories have? (maximum 100 words)
  3. What long-term impact do you hope to have with your writing on raising awareness of issues facing women and girls in Canada? (maximum 100 words)

How the jury will evaluate submissions:

  1. The submitted work is clearly informed by a gender analysis and feminist framework. (40%)
  2. The submitted work has had a positive impact on issues facing women and girls in Canada. This might include raising public awareness, creating policy change, adding a fresh  perspective to a well-known topic or bringing visibility to a previously unknown issue. (30%)
  3. The submitted work should have a long-term impact on raising awareness of issues facing women and girls in Canada. (30%)4

Judging Methodology
The judging panel is comprised of four to eight jurors who review all submitted entries through an online portal, rank the entries and then attend a face-to-face meeting or participate via conference call with their rankings to agree on the recipient--and finalists, if applicable--of the award. The recipient (and finalists) is announced in April or May, and is recognized at the annual CJF Awards gala held in Toronto.



The award will be presented at the CJF Awards on June 14, 2017 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.


- Tavia Grant, reporter withThe Globe and Mail, who explored the trafficking of Indigenous women as well as the ongoing gender pay gap.
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- Radio-Canada Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand, who found Indigenous women who were willing to talk about the racism, sexism, and sexual and physical abuse that they suffered at the hands of the police in the northern Quebec town of Val-d'Or
Catherine Porter, a social justice columnist and feature writer with the Toronto Star, was recognized for a selection of her work as a columnist exploring systemic issues and delving into controversial topics
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Heather Mallick, staff columnist with the Toronto Star, on exploring the legal framework surrounding prostitution in other countries during Canada's debate over laws governing the sex trade
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-  Janet McFarland, business reporter with The Globe and Mail, on gender inequality on corporate boards
>> Read about the recipient

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