Toronto Star's Catherine Porter (far left) and the Radio-Canada Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis (far right) and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand (middle) were the recipients of the 2016 Landsberg Award. Watch the acceptance speeches.

The Landsberg Award for the first time has selected two winners in recognition of the year's exceptional coverage of women's equality issues. One of this year's recipients is the Radio-Canada Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand while the other is Catherine Porter, a columnist and feature writer with the Toronto Star.

"In a year of outstanding submissions, from both emerging journalists and established feminist voices, it was more difficult than ever to choose a single Landsberg Award winner," says Matt Galloway, a member of the jury and host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio in Toronto. "The work of Catherine Porter and Josée Dupuis/Emmanuel Marchand exemplify the values of the award, exposing bias, challenging the establishment and ultimately leading to significant change. Their work is vital, and it's a pleasure to celebrate this recognition."

Presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation, The Landsberg Award typically celebrates one journalist who gives greater profile to women's equality issues. The annual award recognizes exceptional research, analysis and presentation through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada across print, broadcast or online news.

In the wake of the 1,200 aboriginal women who have gone missing or were murdered in Canada over the past 30 years, Dupuis and Marchand found aboriginal women who were willing to talk about the racism, sexism, and sexual and physical abuse that they suffered at the hands of the police in the northern Quebec town of Val-d'Or. Their work's impact included—but was not limited to—the suspension of eight provincial police officers and the appointment of the community's first female police chief. View the French or English version of "SQ Abuse: women break the silence."

Porter, who focuses on social justice issues, was recognized for a selection of her work as a columnist. She explored systemic issues, as exemplified by "College of Physicians slow to censure silent bystanders" and "Slayings of three women sign of broken system," and delved into controversial topics, as in "Niqab debate is about immigration, not women's equality."

The winners each receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation, presented at the annual CJF Awards on June 16 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York.
 


ABOUT THE LANDSBERG AWARD

The Landsberg Award is proudly presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation in association with the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

The award celebrates 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.

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ABOUT MICHELE LANDSBERG
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.

 

DEFINITION OF THE AWARD
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.

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

ELIGIBILITY
Awarded to a 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 2015. Entries involving more than one contributor are welcome, and will be judged as a single submission. Submissions are welcome in the following formats: article, column, online piece, editorial, op-ed, radio program, podcast, television program or documentary film.

JURY
See the list of jurors for this award.

HOW TO APPLY
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.

In the online application, applicants are asked to address the following questions:

  1. How did a gender analysis and feminist framework inform your work? (maximum 100 words)
  2. What impact did your stories have? (maximum 100 words)
  3. What long-term impact do you hope to have with your writing on raising awareness of issues facing women and girls in Canada? (maximum 100 words)

How the jury will evaluate submissions:

  1. The submitted work is clearly informed by a gender analysis and feminist framework. (40%)
  2. The submitted work has had a positive impact on issues facing women and girls in Canada. This might include raising public awareness, creating policy change, adding a fresh  perspective to a well-known topic or bringing visibility to a previously unknown issue. (30%)
  3. The submitted work should have a long-term impact on raising awareness of issues facing women and girls in Canada. (30%)

The award will be presented at the CJF Awards on June 16, 2016 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
 

PAST WINNERS
2015 - Heather Mallick, staff columnist with the Toronto Star, on exploring the legal framework surrounding prostitution in other countries during Canada's debate over laws governing the sex trade
2014 - Janet MacFarland, business reporter with The Globe and Mail, on gender inequality on corporate boards


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