The Globe and Mail won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large media category for its "Thalidomide" series at the 2015 CJF Awards. Ingrid Peritz, Montreal-based correspondent, and David Walmsley, editor-in-chief, accepted the award. View the acceptance speech.

The Jackman Excellence in Journalism Award

TORONTO, June 3, 2015 /CNW/ - The Globe and Mail is this year's Excellence in Journalism Award in the large media category at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards. The Globe won for its series "Thalidomide," which spurred a positive government financial response that helped ease the plight of survivors and their families.

"This is what journalism should be: telling stories that matter," says Shauna Snow-Capparelli, a member of the Excellence Jury and chair of the journalism program at Mount Royal University. "In gripping detail, the Globe painted a vivid picture of the lives affected and the terrible pain they face every day. The photos, as well, were brilliant: shocking, yet not gratuitous.

"The time and care devoted to this enterprise is to be commended, and all the more so because it's so rare in these times of dwindling resources. This is a testament to why such investment of resources must be vigorously defended. This is why journalism matters."

The annual award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community it serves. It was announced, during a special tribute to CJF founder Eric Jackman, that the award will be renamed The Jackman Excellence in Journalism Award in his honour. Other Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large media category included L'actualité,, the Toronto Star and the Winnipeg Free Press.

In the small media category, Halifax's The Coast won the Excellence in Journalism Award for stories about two women who were relentlessly harassed and the failure of the justice system. View the acceptance speech by Kyle Shaw, publisher of The Coast.


Photos: CNW/Shan Qiao for The Canadian Journalism Foundation



TORONTO, April 9, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is proud to announce the Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large media category.

The shortlist recognizes Canadian news organizations that embody exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community they serve.

"This year's entries reflected the range of extraordinary work done by news organizations on social, political, economic and cultural issues," says Christopher Waddell, associate professor with the School or Journalism and Communication at Carleton University and chair of the jury. "The entries also demonstrate how quickly news organizations are moving away from their traditional roles as newspapers, television and radio outlets to a multimedia work in which they are creating and presenting news and information in new and combined formats for print, broadcast online and mobile audiences."

The five finalists in the large media category (more than 50 full-time employees), and the stories for which they are nominated, are:

The Globe and Mail
"Invisible Wounds"
"Crisis in the military"
"If mental health help is there, why aren't soldiers getting it?"
"13 first responders, 13 suicides, 10 weeks"

"Crimes sexuels : le cancer qui ronge l'armée canadienne"

Toronto Star
"CBC fires Jian Ghomeshi over sex allegations"
"Canadian post-secondary schools failing sex assault victims"
"Rape victim's ordeal with University of Saskatchewan"

Winnipeg Free Press
"City Beautiful: How Architecture Shaped Winnipeg's DNA"
"Part I: Great Expectations"
"Part II: Coming of Age"
"Part III: Our Renaissance"

TORONTO, April 9, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is pleased to announce The Coast in Halifax, as the Excellence in Journalism Award winner in the small media category.

The award recognizes Canadian news organizations that embody exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community they serve. The small media category recognizes news organizations with fewer than 50 full-time employees.

The Coast's submission included stories about two women who were relentlessly harassed and the failure of the justice system, even after the tragedy of the Rehtaeh Parsons case (the Halifax high school student who was cyberbullied to suicide in 2013 after a photograph of her rape was shared among her classmates), which thrust Nova Scotia into a central role in the efforts to legislate against a new form of sex crime.

Read the winning submission:
"The always-on stalker"
"Police, province respond to Nicole and Kim"
"Halifax police conclude bungled stalker case review"

"The topic of cyberbullying could not be more topical, but it is also one rife with inaccuracies and misinformation," says Antonia Maioni, a professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University's Institute for Health and Social Policy and a member of the jury. "The Coast uses its deep local connections in Nova Scotia to bring accuracy and thoroughness to its research, and in so doing reveal the underreported stories of stalker victims -- bringing their voices out clearly and credibly in a very noisy and messy news environment."

The Excellence in Journalism Award, now in its 19th 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:
Chair - Christopher Waddell, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Mary De Paoli, Executive Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial
Hershell Ezrin, Managing Director, Ezrin Communications
Dr. F.L.R. Jackman, PhD, Chairman, Jackman Foundation
Antonia Maioni, PhD, Professor, Department of Political Science, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University
Shauna Snow-Capparelli, Associate Professor and Chair, Bachelor of Communication-Journalism, Mount Royal University

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
(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