At a time when news organizations are facing unprecedented challenges and demands for change, the CJF Innovation Award recognizes innovations that have a demonstrated impact in advancing the quality of journalism.

Innovation can come in a wide range of fields, including (but not restricted to):

  • new formats for audiences;
  • different operating procedures within a newsroom;
  • new storytelling techniques;
  • a new product produced by the newsroom;
  • the design and/or introduction of new technology;
  • distinctive reporting strategies and techniques;
  • new ways of engagement with audiences;
  • involvement of the community in the news process; and
  • partnerships or team approaches to reporting and producing stories.


It is up to individual applicants to identify and explain the innovation being nominated.

While it could have taken more than a year from concept to implementation, the impact of the innovation must have occurred in 2016.

Adjudication will consider all these criteria with judges having a particular interest in innovations that help the news organization promote accuracy, social responsibility and accountability.  The winning news organization will receive a cash prize of $10,000, with thanks to the generous support of new award sponsor Chevrolet.

If you have questions, please contact Natalie Turvey, CJF executive director, at nturvey@cjf-fjc.ca.

Please note the maximum number of words permitted per response. Include any relevant links to online content in the answer boxes provided.
All submissions must include a high-quality version of your company’s logo as an eps file.


Deadline: February 24, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.