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Toronto Star wins The Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award
Michael Cooke (middle), editor of the Toronto Star, accepted the Excellence in Journalism Award (large/national media category) from Christopher Waddell (left), chair of the jury, and Dr. F.L.R. (Eric) Jackman, founder of the CJF, at the 17th Annual CJF Awards.
TORONTO, June 4, 2014 - The Toronto Star has won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large/national media category at the largest-ever 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) Awards.
"In the finest traditions of investigative journalism, the Toronto Star fearlessly committed its journalistic resources to uncovering one of the most important ethical stories in recent political leadership, despite economic cost and some politically motivated criticism," says Hershell Ezrin, a member of the jury. "But these principles and commitment to telling the whole story were also demonstrated in developing other major stories of the year and how they impacted Canadians."
The Vancouver Observer won in the local/regional media category and L'Echo de Frontenac received an Honourable Mention. The award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community it serves.
Other Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large/national category included the CP Picture Service, CTV News, Globalnews.ca and the Winnipeg Free Press. Finalists in the local/regional media category included CBC Edmonton, CBC New Brunswick and Global Calgary.
The winners were announced at the 17th Annual CJF Awards to be held at The Fairmont Royal York on June 4 in Toronto.
The Excellence in Journalism Award, now in its 18th year, was established by Dr. F.L.R. (Eric) Jackman, chairman of the Jackman Foundation and founder of The Canadian Journalism Foundation.
The members of the jury include:
Christopher Waddell, Director, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
ABOUT THE EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARD
The Excellence in Journalism Award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community it serves.
It is one of the major journalistic awards of the year and the only national award given to a journalistic organization for overall extraordinary performance.
The award embraces ideals of originality, courage, independence; accuracy, social responsibility and accountability; and impact on the community; as well as diversity and professional development opportunities.
Winners in two categories are selected:
Entrants are asked to fill in the online application form explaining how the organization ensures journalistic excellence and why it merits this award. Submissions should respond directly and succinctly to the selection criteria. Application fees are $50 for large media outlets and $25 for small media outlets.
This award opens in January, 2014. The finalists will be announced in April. The recipient is determined by a jury and will be announced at the 17th Annual CJF Awards held in Toronto on June 4, 2014.
Deadline extended: March 3, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
This award is now closed.
The 2013 Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award recipient: the Winnipeg Free Press
Paul Samyn (middle), editor of the Winnipeg Free Press, accepted the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Award in the large-media category. Dr. F.L.R. (Eric) Jackman (left), founder of the award and chairman of the Jackman Foundation, and John Macfarlane, past CJF chair, editor and co-publisher of The Walrus, presented the award.
Toronto/June 8, 2013 - The Winnipeg Free Press has won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large-media category at the 16th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) Awards. This is the second time it has won the award.
The Tyee won in the small-media category, also for the second time. Both news organizations won in 2009.
"This award is for the reporters, photographers and the editors who have made our newsroom the best in Canada," said Paul Samyn, editor of the Winnipeg Free Press, upon accepting the award. "They have boundless imagination, energy, and commitment. What the CJF recognized is the way we practise our craft, the way we have answered the calling to care and dare to make a difference and the courage needed in pursuit of truth."
Other Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large-media category included CBC News: Special Investigations Unit, The Current - CBC Radio One (last year's winner), Postmedia News, and past recipient Toronto Star.
"The Winnipeg Free Press is a leader in reaching out to its community," says Murray Campbell, a member of the CJF Excellence jury. "This is shown in its story selection, its staffing decisions and through innovations such as the News Café, which seeks to connect the paper to its readers."
Michelle Hoar, director of publishing and advertising of The Tyee, accepted the award, calling it "an incredible honour."
Speaking about the Excellence in Journalism small-media winner, Campbell said: "The Tyee continues to set a superb example of strong, provocative journalism."
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