Canadian Journalism Foundation Announces Award Winners and New Chair
The Canadian Press and The Telegram Take Top Prize

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Toronto, ON - May 28, 2008 - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) announced the winners of its major awards - and the anticipated election of a new chair - at a gala celebration tonight at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

One of the evening's highlights was the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Sally Armstrong by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin. "Sally Armstrong is a person of many talents," said the Chief Justice. "She helps us all understand the driving forces that are shaping this new century, and how we can meet the needs of the disposed and forgotten from around the world. She is a Canadian we can all be so proud of, and I am so pleased to be able to be part of this celebration of her many contributions."

John Fraser, master of Massey College and outgoing chair of the CJF board, announced he will be passing on the reins to John Macfarlane, the longtime editor of Toronto Life magazine who stepped down in 2007 to take on a consulting role with the publisher. "The Canadian Journalism Foundation is fortunate to have someone of John Macfarlane's caliber and background about to take the helm," said Mr. Fraser. "I'm looking forward to confirming his election at the upcoming annual general meeting in June."

Other highlights included the presentation of the following awards:

Excellence in Journalism Award
The Canadian Press won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large or national media category, sponsored by the Jackman Foundation and the Canadian Journalism Foundation. "The jury was particularly impressed with the quality of CP's application," said Donna Logan, chair of the selection jury. "We were particularly impressed with how CP has rebounded from the loss of a major client by re-energizing itself both journalistically and business-wise, by expanding into new multi-media avenues while maintaining a solid core of national and regional news."

The Telegram from St. John's, Newfoundland, won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the small, medium or local market category. "In the case of The Telegram, the jury was impressed with the thoroughness of the application in addressing all the categories for the award," said Ms. Logan. "The quality of journalism being produced at the paper, especially given the size of its newsroom, is truly outstanding."

Honourable Mentions went to Kingston Whig-Standard in the small/local category and the Winnipeg Free Press in the large/national category.

Greg Clark Award
The Greg Clark Award, sponsored by CTV and the Toronto Star, went to Jennifer Dunville, the education reporter at The Daily Gleaner in Fredericton, NB, who has witnessed the three-year trend of her province's school test literacy and numeracy scores flatline. This award will enable her to go behind the scenes at the Edmonton Public School Board of Education, meeting with school officials, directors of education and both star and struggling students, to help her understand why Edmonton's school test scores are among the highest in the country.

Canadian Journalism Fellowships
The Canadian Journalism Fellowships are awarded annually by Massey College in the University of Toronto.  CBC Television producer Eric Foss is this year's CBC/Radio-Canada Fellow. Susan Delacourt, senior writer at the Toronto Star's Ottawa bureau, is awarded the St. Clair Balfour Fellow, named after the late St. Clair Balfour who, along with the late Gordon N. Fisher of Southam Newspapers, created these fellowships in 1962. Michelle Gagnon, a news and documentary producer at CBC/Radio-Canada, is the Webster/McConnell Fellow, named after two Montreal foundations. New this year is the Kahanoff Fellowship, granted to Graham Thomson from the Edmonton Journal. And, finally, this year's Gordon N. Fisher Commonwealth Fellowship went to Robert Mukasa, news editor at The Monitor in Kampala, Uganda. 

Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy
The Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, worth up to $100,000, is sponsored by the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, the Toronto Star and the Honderich family. The grant provides for a Canadian journalist to undertake a year-long research project on a topical public policy issue. The recipient of the fellowship this year is Alanna Mitchell, an author and journalist who worked at the Globe and Mail for 14 years. For her fellowship, she will be working on a project entitled The Possible School, which will explore policy solutions for ensuring every child has access to the very best public education society can provide.

The sponsors of tonight's gala were Barrick and Thomson Reuters.

Barrick's vision is to be the world's best gold company by finding, acquiring, developing and producing quality reserves in a safe, profitable and socially responsible manner. The Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2008.

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Thomson Reuters combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.

Other supporters include CNW Group, CBC News, Globe and Mail and Ipsos Reid.

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