Boston Globe reporters Sacha Pfeiffer (left) and Michael Rezendes (middle), along with former editor of the Spotlight Team Walter V. Robinson (right) accepted the CJF Special Citation on behalf of the investigative team responsible for exposing widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in the Boston area. Watch the tribute video and the acceptance speeches.

CJF Special Citation

The Boston Globe Spotlight Team was honoured at the CJF Awards in Toronto on June 16 with a Canadian Journalism Foundation Special Citation for exemplary journalism.

The reporting team won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for its investigative series exposing widespread child abuse by numerous priests and the systemic cover-up by the Catholic Church in Boston. Globe reporters Sacha Pfeiffer and Michael Rezendes, and the editor that led the investigation Walter V. Robinson, will accept the award on behalf of the team. The Spotlight Team's courageous journalism was portrayed in the movie Spotlight, which won best picture and best original screenplay at this year's Academy Awards.

"At the CJF, we believe that exceptional journalism needs to be honoured," says John Cruickshank, chair of the CJF and outgoing publisher of the Toronto Star. "The work of the Boston Globe reporters highlights the painstaking time and effort that goes into investigative journalism and the profound impact it can have on people's lives. Their work is an inspiration and serves as a reminder of why rigorous journalism is necessary."

The CJF Awards is the evening gala when more than 600 of the country's business and media luminaries celebrate excellence in journalism by honouring those who have made significant contributions to journalism throughout their careers and by recognizing emerging talent.


About the Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites (English) and (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.