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The CJF-Facebook Journalism Project News Literacy Award celebrates efforts to encourage Canadians to understand and critically assess the quality of news in their community as well as the practices that underpin factual reporting as key contributions to Canadian democracy.

As people get more information from a variety of platforms and sources, there is a greater responsibility on individual citizens to be more active in assessing both the accuracy and quality of the information they receive and the organizations that provide that information.

The CJF-Facebook Journalism Project News Literacy Award will not only promote news literacy and the importance of quality journalism, but also drive new and innovative initiatives and projects focused on this important issue. The winning organization will receive a $10,000 prize.
 

“A healthy news ecosystem is essential to Canada's democracy and so is the authentic exchange of ideas and information. Facebook is deeply committed to both. This award—to promote journalistic efforts that increase the critical consumption of news—is an important part of bringing that commitment to life.”
- Kevin Chan, head of public policy, Facebook Canada


The following types of news projects would be eligible for the award:
- Journalistic works and undertakings that explore the relationship between journalism in all its forms and democratic engagement, with a focus on models for the future of news;
- Projects that test new or innovative processes or practices that enlighten audiences about the time, effort and costs involved in maintaining standards of excellence and factual reporting in professional journalism in the digital age;
- Innovative initiatives by news organizations and other relevant organizations that help create an informed news audience by providing them with the tools to help expose misinformation.


“Making sense of the quality of news and information is more important than ever. News literacy is essential so that Canadians can make informed judgements about the information they come across online. We’re delighted to add this award to our programming to reward and highlight media initiatives that are working to create informed news audiences.”
- Natalie Turvey, executive director, CJF



This award will be presented at the 2018 CJF Awards held in June.

To Be Eligible:

Initiatives must be innovative, non-partisan, seeking to serve a public good and contributing to the news literacy of Canadians.

The following types of news projects would be eligible for the award:
- Journalistic works and undertakings that explore the relationship between journalism in all its forms and democratic engagement, with a focus on models for the future of news
- Projects that test new and/or innovative processes and/or practices that enlighten audiences about the time, effort and costs involved in maintaining standards of excellence and factual reporting in professional journalism in the digital age
- Innovative initiatives by news organizations and other relevant organizations that help create an informed news audience by providing them with the tools to help expose misinformation

Submissions must include:
• Description of how the initiative is used or will be used
• Objective of the initiative
• Target audience of the initiative
• Description of time component and resources devoted to delivering the initiative
• Explanation of how the initiative was tested
• Impact on audience (metrics of audience that used or interacted with the initiative)

Opens: January 16, 2018
Deadline: February 16, 2018

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY USING THE ONLINE FORM
 

About the Facebook Journalism Project
The Facebook Journalism Project aims to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry. They collaborate with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways Facebook can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how Facebook can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age. Through the development of collaborative news products and training and tools for journalists, Facebook aims to bring journalism into the digital age.