Lifetime Achievement Award
About the Lifetime Achievement Award
The annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada.
Individuals who have worked in any type of media (print, broadcast, digital) and in any journalism category (news, business, politics, cartoon, arts, etc.) are eligible for consideration.
The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others.
Criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award:
Among the items to be considered are:
- Body of journalistic work during career
- Contribution to society through outstanding journalism
- Recognition and respect from peers and community
This award is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination.
Previous Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award:
2013 Michael Maclear
2012 Jack Sigvaldason
2011 Patrick Brown
2010 Lise Bissonnette
2009 Joe Schlesinger
2008 Sally Armstrong
2007 Norman Webster
2006 Knowlton Nash
2005 Pierre Berton (posthumous)
2004 June Callwood
2003 Doris Anderson
2002 Trina McQueen
2001 Doug Creighton
2000 Mark Starowicz
1999 Bernard Derome
1998 Peter C. Newman
1997 Peter Gzowski
1996 Robert Fulford
The 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Michael Maclear
Photo: The Canadian Press Images/Stephanie Lake
Michael Maclear's Guerrilla Nation: My Wars In and Out of Vietnam details his return to Vietnam to interview surviving key figures from the war and his argument for the necessity of journalistic impartiality and integrity.
Michael Maclear, a broadcast journalist, war correspondent, and independent filmmaker, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 13 in Toronto. Lisa LaFlamme, chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News, presented the award.
“Michael is a lion of broadcast journalism, a war correspondent whose courage and skills are still the gold standard reporters hold up when they begin uncovering truths in places where little is what it seems," says LaFlamme. “I am honoured to be presenting Michael Maclear with the prestigious Canadian Journalism Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award – a tribute Michael richly deserves.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award jury reviewed many nominations of major figures in journalism before selecting Maclear, who was the CBC’s first Far East correspondent, reporting extensively from South Vietnam and, as CBC’s London correspondent, was the only Western network journalist permitted to film in North Vietnam. Maclear was also CTV’s first foreign correspondent, based in London.
For 35 years, Maclear worked as an independent writer-producer. During that time, he produced the definitive documentary Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War, a 26-part television series, together with a book of the same title. Maclear is currently writing a book on his experience in North Vietnam.
“Michael Maclear is a legend in Canadian journalism,” says Valerie Pringle, chair of the jury and long-time host and television journalist who has worked for CBC and CTV. “His great success as both a broadcast journalist with network television and an independent filmmaker has been an inspiration for a generation of journalists and documentary filmmakers. He is sui generis and casts a long shadow. His name is synonymous with investigative journalism.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award jury members are:
Valerie Pringle, longtime program host and television journalist, CBC and CTV (Canada AM)
William Fox, consultant, government and public relations, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Chantal Hébert, political columnist, Toronto Star, le Devoir, l'Actualité, CBC, Radio-Canada
Jamie Irving, publisher, The Telegraph Journal
Sarah Jennings, journalist and author of Art and Politics
Kirk LaPointe, special advisor to the Office of the Ombudsman at CBC and adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia
Gillian Steward, former managing editor, Calgary Herald and journalist/PhD candidate, Mount Royal University
Jane Taber, senior political writer, The Globe and Mail
Anthony Wilson-Smith, president, The Historica-Dominion Institute
For more information about the CJF Awards, please visit our awards page.