The Canadian Press is the winner of the 2017 CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism in the large media category. Accepting the award (from left to right) at the CJF Awards in Toronto: Heather Scoffield, Ottawa bureau chief; Andrea Baillie, managing editor; Kristy Kirkup, national affairs reporter; and Sheryl Ubelacker, health reporter. View the acceptance speeches.
 
The Canadian Press won the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalis4m in the large-media category, for its "Open Secret" series exploring sexual trauma involving children in Indigenous communities, an issue rarely acknowledged in public policy circles and is considered to be closely intertwined with other Indigenous challenges related to residential schools, murdered and missing women and youth suicides. Among the stories: 
 
The award recognizes news organizations that embody exemplary journalism that impacts positively the communities they serve. Since 1996, the CJF has honoured news organizations that embrace ideals of journalistic excellence – accuracy, independence, accountability, courage and originality – with this prestigious award.
 
London Free Press
The London Free Press won the award in the small-media category, for a series exposing serious problems in Ontario's justice and mental-health-care systems as well as in local policing and health care as seen through the lens of a man who died in solitary confinement at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre. See "Indiscernible." Reporter Randy Richmond  (pictured) accepted the award. View the acceptance speech.
 
The other finalists in the large media category (more than 50 full-time employees) and the work that highlights their excellence were:
 
CBC News Vancouver
For exposing inadequacies in provincial treatment facilities, revealing challenges facing police and drug enforcement officials and giving a human face to fentanyl addicts by spending time at drug hang outs. Its "Frontlines of Fentanyl" coverage across TV, radio and online included "Downtown Vancouver ER is ground zero of opioid overdose crisis."
 
Global News
For exploring the "energy poverty" crisis in rural Ontario caused by rising hydro rates, forcing some people to choose between keeping on their lights or putting food on the table. The coverage included these stories:
 
The Globe and Mail
For exploring the reasons behind B.C.'s roaring real-estate market, a yearlong probe that exposed flaws in both the industry and public policy. See, for example,
 
Winnipeg Free Press
For tackling Indigenous issues and reconciliation from three angles, examining remedial efforts at both the federal and provincial levels and through art. Among the stories: 
 
The other finalists in the small media category (fewer than 50 full-time employees) and the work that highlights their excellence, were:
 
CBC Thunder Bay
For exploring the circumstances that fuelled the tragedies of seven First Nations students who died—between 2000 and 2011—while attending high school in Thunder Bay, Ont. The stories included:
"First Nations Student Deaths' Inquest" (in-depth coverage) and
 
The Coast (Halifax)
For a feature story detailing a previously-unreleased internal audit by Halifax Regional Police that uncovered the department's habit of losing track of cash and drug exhibits seized as evidence. See "Continuity Errors."
 
Discourse Media (Vancouver based)
For producing a body of work related to resource development, Indigenous press freedoms and the ongoing police profiling of Indigenous peoples on the Prairies that contributes to their disproportionate representation in Canada's prisons. Among the stories:
"Canada's prisons are the 'new residential schools' " (collaboration with Maclean's).
 
Metro Toronto
For its "Deadly Streets" campaign, which ensured that the city made a priority of preventing pedestrian and cyclist deaths by tracking road deaths, investigating them at the micro and macro levels and holding the city accountable. Examples include: 

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About the CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism

The CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism honours a Canadian organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves.

Since 1996, the CJF has celebrated news organizations that embrace ideals of journalistic excellence – accuracy, independence, accountability, courage and originality – with this annual award. Winners, since 2007, are selected in two categories: large media and small media.
 

Details and Criteria

Applicants can enter in one of two categories:
- Large media organization (more than 50 full-time employees)
- Small media organization (50 full-time employees or less)

The category is determined by the size of an organization's staff for reporting, production, technical and presentation support and the staff they can draw upon within any larger organization of which they are a part. Entrants must indicate which of these two categories they represent. There is a $200 application fee for large media organizations and a $100 application fee for small media organizations. Please note that student media are not eligible for this award.

Only material published or broadcast in the previous calendar year may be submitted.  Only one entry will be accepted from a single Canadian print media outlet, news broadcast program or online news organization. Entries may have up to three individual items on a common theme.  They can include: articles, editorials, blogs, photographs, cartoons, videos, radio broadcasts, interactive graphics, and multimedia projects. 

In addition to a brief synopsis of the work submitted, the following questions are to be addressed (with the weight of each question provided):

1.    Describe the extent of work that went into the production of the story or series. 15%
2.    Explain why your news organization selected this topic. 15%
3.    Describe with supporting evidence the impact of the story/stories, including identifying the specific communities affected.  15%
4.    Detail the resources in time and numbers dedicated to the work submitted, compared to the overall resources of the news organization. 15%
5.    From this list of standards for excellence in journalism, select up to three that are most applicable to your submission and explain why you selected each of them: originality, courage, independence, accuracy, social responsibility, accountability, and diversity. 40%

Judging
In evaluating each qualifying entry, judges will consider:
•    Quality of writing/storytelling
•    Clarity of work submitted
•    Stated impact on community

The finalists will be announced in April. The recipient is determined by a jury and will be announced at the CJF Awards held in Toronto on June 8, 2017.

DEADLINE: Feb. 24, 2017

Please contact CJF executive director Natalie Turvey should you have any questions.
 



 

RECIPIENTS

2016

CBC News
(large media)
Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief
Cecil Rosner, managing editor, CBC Manitoba

Telegraph-Journal (Saint John, N.B.)
(small media)
Adam Huras, provincial editor

2015
The Globe and Mail
(large media)
David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief
Ingrid Peritz, correspondent, Montreal

The Coast
(small media)
Kyle Shaw, Publisher

2014
Toronto Star
(large media)
Michael Cooke, Editor

Vancouver Observer
(local media)
Linda Solomon, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

2013
Winnipeg Free Press
(large media)
Paul Samyn, Editor

The Tyee
(small media)
Michelle Hoar, Director of Publishing and Advertising

2012
The Current (CBC Radio)
(large media)
Pam Bertrand, Executive Producer
Anna Maria Tremonti, Host

Vancouver Observer
(small media)
Linda Solomon, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

2011
Toronto Star
(large media)
Michael Cooke, Editor-in-Chief

CBC Manitoba
(small media)
Cecil Rosner, Managing Editor

2010
Toronto Star
(large media)
Michael Cooke, Editor-in-Chief

Metroland Durham Region
(small media)
Joanne Burghardt, Editor-in-Chief

2009
Winnipeg Free Press
(large media)
Margo Goodhand, Editor-in-Chief

The Tyee
(small media)
David Beers, Editor-in-Chief

2008
The Canadian Press
(large media)
Scott White, Editor-in-Chief

The Telegram
(small media)
Russell Wangersky, Editor-in-Chief

2007
The Hamilton Spectator
(large media)
David Estok, Editor-in-Chief

The Guelph Mercury
(small media)
Lynn Haddrall, Editor-in-Chief

2006
The Globe and Mail
Edward Greenspon, Editor-in-Chief

2005
The Hamilton Spectator
Dana Robbins, Editor-in-Chief

2004
CBC News
Tony Burman, Editor-in-Chief

2003
The Record of Waterloo Region
Lynn Haddrall, Editor-in-Chief

2002
CTV News
Kirk LaPointe, Senior Vice-President

2001
CBC - Canada Now - Winnipeg
Cecil Rosner, Executive Producer

2000
The Ottawa Citizen
Neil Reynolds, Editor

1999
Maclean's Magazine
Bob Lewis, Editor-in-Chief

1998
The Toronto Star
John Honderich, Publisher

1997
CBC Newfoundland and Labrador Television News and Current Affairs
Bob Wakeham, Area/Executive Producer

1996
The Telegraph-Journal and Evening Times-Globe of Saint John, New Brunswick
Neil Reynolds, Editor