Every year, The Canadian Journalism Foundation supports and rewards excellence in Canadian journalism through its annual awards program and by supporting recognition programs run by other organizations. Check individual awards for open dates and deadlines.

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 22, 2019

CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism
This award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves, in both small media and large media categories. New this year: those making submissions for the Excellence award can use a joint online form to apply simultaneously for the Michener Award.


Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognizes a substantial contribution by a Canadian journalist to the profession.

CJF-Facebook Journalism Project News Literacy Award 
This award is a joint initiative by the CJF and the Facebook Journalism Project, established to promote news literacy among Canadians in an age of widespread information on various platforms and from different sources. 

CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships
These fellowships offer two early-career Indigenous journalists the chance to explore issues of interest. The fellows are hosted for one month by CBC News at its Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. This award is supported by CN, RBC Foundation, along wiith individual donors Rosemary Speirs, CJF honorary governor, and Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVO.

The Landsberg Award
Named after Michele Landsberg--award-winning journalist, author, social activist and feminist--this award celebrates a journalist who is raising awareness about women’s equality issues in Canada and aims to inspire an increase in the media coverage and voice of women in Canada. The recipient receives a $5,000 prize. This award is presented in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation.

Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award
This award offers a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto to a photojournalist in the early stages of his or her career. The annual internship is designed to give a photographer trying to break into the business a chance to perform on the national stage. This award is sponsored by Nikon.


CJF-Globe and Mail Internship for Investigative Journalism
This internship brings a journalist to The Globe and Mail to work on a six-month long investigative journalism project under the guidance of editors and senior reporters. The annual internship allows a Canadian journalist early in his or her career (one to five years experience) to work with a senior team at The Globe in Toronto. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the intern to stretch his or her investigative journalism skills with the help of some of the country’s best reporters and editors.

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 11, 2019
Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy
This fellowship provides a seasoned Canadian journalist with $100,000 and an opportunity to pursue a year-long investigation into a current policy issue. This award is a collaborative project of the Atkinson Foundation, the Honderich Family and the Toronto Star.


DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2019
William Southam Journalism Fellowships
Awarded annually by the University of Toronto and Massey College, these fellowships reward mid-career journalists with an academic year to audit any course in the discipline of their choice and to participate fully in life at Massey College and the University. In association with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Journalists for Human Rights and the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Massey College and the University of Toronto are grateful for the generosity of the Alva Foundation, the estate of the late St. Clair Balfour, Lisa Balfour Bowen and Walter Bowen, Clair Balfour and Marci McDonald, Wilson J.H. Southam, the R. Howard Webster Foundation, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, CBC/Radio-Canada, Scotiabank, the McLaughlin Centre and for the generosity of past Journalism Fellows. Awarded bi-annually, this fellowship allows the recipient to enjoy a one-year sabbatical at Harvard University. Funding is provided by The Martin Wise Goodman Trust to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.


THIS AWARD IS NOW CLOSED FOR 2019
Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship
Awarded bi-annually, this fellowship allows the recipient to enjoy a one-year sabbatical at Harvard University. Funding is provided by The Martin Wise Goodman Trust to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.