Michael Cooke, editor of the Toronto Star, accepted the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large/national media category at the 17th Annual CJF Awards in 2014.



About the Excellence in Journalism Award

The Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award honours a Canadian organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves. Please note that award criteria and eligibility requirements have been revised to reflect the changing Canadian media landscape.

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 $100 application fee for large media organizations and a $50 application fee for small media organizations.

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%

In evaluating each qualifying entry, judges will consider:
•    Quality of Writing/Storytelling
•    Clarity of Work Submitted
•    Stated Impact on Community

DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 20, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST
TO APPLY: This award is now closed.

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 3, 2015.

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

Toronto Star wins the CJF Excellence in Journalism Award

TORONTO, June 4, 2014 - The Toronto Star has won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large/national media category at the largest-ever 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) Awards.

"In the finest traditions of investigative journalism, the Toronto Star fearlessly committed its journalistic resources to uncovering one of the most important ethical stories in recent political leadership, despite economic cost and some politically motivated criticism," says Hershell Ezrin, a member of the jury. "But these principles and commitment to telling the whole story were also demonstrated in developing other major stories of the year and how they impacted Canadians."

The Vancouver Observer won in the local/regional media category and L'Echo de Frontenac received an Honourable Mention. The award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community it serves.

Other Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large/national category included the CP Picture Service, CTV News, Globalnews.ca and the Winnipeg Free Press. Finalists in the local/regional media category included CBC Edmonton, CBC New Brunswick and Global Calgary.

The winners were announced at the 17th Annual CJF Awards to be held at The Fairmont Royal York on June 4 in Toronto.

The Excellence in Journalism Award, now in its 18th year, was established by Dr. F.L.R. (Eric) Jackman, chairman of the Jackman Foundation and founder of The Canadian Journalism Foundation.

The members of the jury include:

Christopher Waddell, Director, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Hershell Ezrin, Managing Director, Ezrin Communications
Dr. F.L.R. Jackman, PhD, Chairman, Jackman Foundation
Kenneth McRoberts, Principal, Glendon, York University
Frank Switzer, Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Sun Life Financial
Bruce Wallace, Editor, Policy Options




Toronto Star
(large media)
Michael Cooke, Editor

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

Winnipeg Free Press
(large media)
Paul Samyn, Editor

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

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

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

CBC Manitoba
(small media)
Cecil Rosner, Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Hamilton Spectator
Dana Robbins, Editor-in-Chief

CBC News
Tony Burman, Editor-in-Chief

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

CTV News
Kirk LaPointe, Senior Vice-President

CBC - Canada Now - Winnipeg
Cecil Rosner, Executive Producer

The Ottawa Citizen
Neil Reynolds, Editor

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

The Toronto Star
John Honderich, Publisher

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

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