Raising awareness of women's equality issues
Janet McFarland, a business reporter with The Globe and Mail whose reporting raised the issue of gender inequality on corporate boards, is the recipient of the inaugural Landsberg Award.
Presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation, The Landsberg Award celebrates a journalist giving greater profile to women's equality issues. It recognizes a working journalist doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada across print, broadcast or online news from 2013.
"Janet McFarland stood out because she presents thought-provoking research and awareness of issues that stimulate systemic change," says Mina Mawani, a jury member and president and CEO of the Canadian Women's Foundation. "Her work is discussed at dinner tables and, more importantly, is driving change."
Having written extensively on governance, leadership, women in business and executive compensation, McFarland's played a part in the Ontario Securities Commission developing new guidelines on boardroom diversity.
"I have written about the lack of women in top leadership roles in business for many years because I felt the topic cries out for broader public attention," says McFarland. "I've been privileged to meet and write about many dedicated women and men who are working in different ways to boost the numbers of women on boards and in senior management roles. Their work is sparking a slow but profound change in regulations, practices and attitudes, and I want to commend them for their commitment and thank them for their support."
The award is named after Michele Landsberg—award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist—to acknowledge the tremendous impact she has had as an advocate and role model for women. McFarland will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation. A large number of submissions were considered by the jury, which included Landsberg along with men and women working in the media.
"It was wonderful to see entries from across the country. From print and radio and digital, from new names and well-known names on subjects as diverse as all the issues women face," says Sally Armstrong, the chair of the jury who is also an author, journalist and human rights activist. "A great beginning for The Landsberg."
The award was presented at the 17th Annual CJF Awards on June 4 in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York.
ABOUT THE LANDSBERG AWARD
The Landsberg Award is proudly presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation in association with the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
The award will celebrate 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.
ABOUT MICHELE LANDSBERG
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.
DEFINITION OF THE AWARD
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.
FORM OF THE AWARD
The award recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation.
Awarded to one 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 2013.
See the list of jurors for this award.
HOW TO APPLY
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. Applicants are asked to submit a 250 word personal statement addressing the following questions:
1. How did a gender analysis and feminist framework inform your work?
2. What impact did your stories have?
3. What long-term impact do you hope to have with your writing on raising awareness of issues facing women and girls in Canada?
Apply using our online application form.
Deadline: April 4, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EDT
The jury will review applications in April and the award will be presented at the 17th Annual CJF Awards on June 4, 2014 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
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