Janet McFarland, a business reporter with The Globe and Mail whose reporting examined the issue of gender inequality on corporate boards, was the recipient of the inaugural Landsberg Award in 2014.

Now in its second year, The Landsberg Award is proudly presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation in association with the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

The award will celebrate 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 award is named after Michele Landsberg—an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist—to acknowledge the tremendous impact that she has had as an advocate and role model for all women in Canada. The award will inspire relentless and fearless journalists to consider Canadian news from a women’s equality perspective.


Articulate, tenacious, progressive and persuasive, award-winning former Toronto Star columnist Michele Landsberg is one of Canada's best known feminists and social justice activists. A fearless advocate for women and children over many decades, she uses words, in print and in person, to fight injustice, to attack oppressive power structures and policies, and to champion the cause of human rights, race and gender equality, peace and pluralism. Through her columns, she gave a strong public voice to many of those who would otherwise not be heard.


This award will recognize a working journalist (employed or freelance) doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada.

The award recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation.

Awarded to one working journalist (employed or freelance) who has done the most to shine a spotlight on women’s equality issues in Canada in print, broadcast or online news reporting in 2014.

See the list of jurors for this award.

Submit one to three examples (in English or French) of original work in print, broadcast or online news reporting that demonstrates exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens and shines a spotlight on women’s equality issues in Canada.  Applicants are asked to submit a 250 word personal statement addressing the following questions:
1.  How did a gender analysis and feminist framework inform your work?
2.  What impact did your stories have?
3.  What long-term impact do you hope to have with your writing on raising awareness of issues facing women and girls in Canada?

AWARD OPENS: February 2, 2015
: March 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET


This award is now closed. Thank you to all applicants.

The award will be presented at the 2015 CJF Awards on June 3, 2015 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

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