2019 Landsberg Award Shortlist Announced

Toronto – April 3, 2019 – The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), in association with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, is proud to announce the shortlist for the annual Landsberg Award. Celebrating a journalist who provides greater profile to women’s equality issues, the Landsberg Award recognizes exceptional research, analysis and presentation through a gender lens in print, broadcast or online news. 

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 women in Canada.

"This year's submissions revealed a tremendous depth and breadth of reporting on issues of gender equality from journalists working in every type of media and format and representing a span of generations,” says jury member Rachel Giese, editorial director of Xtra. “Their work was sharp, serious, poignant and fearless.

"The finalists speak boldly to a variety of pressing issues, from sexual harassment and abuse to the legacy of colonization to workplace. I am grateful for their efforts in bringing light and attention to these matters."

The finalists are:

Josée Dupuis, journalist with Radio-Canada’s Enquête who is a previous Landsberg Award winner, for her work with Jo-Ann Demers and Chantal Cauchy on the report #Uvangalu (#Metoo) on Inuit women and girls in Nunavik who are harassed and sexually assaulted by white men who work in the North:
"Enquête | #Uvangalu (#Metoo)" (EN)
"Enquête" (FR)

Wendy Glauser, freelance health reporter, for her Globe and Mail piece exposing Marko Duic, an Ontario doctor lauded for transforming emergency medicine who hired only men:
"Scrubbed: Ontario emergency room chief faces questions about failing to hire any female doctors in 16 years"

Ann Hui, national food writer, The Globe and Mail, and journalist Ivy Knight, for articles relating to allegations by women that winemaker Norman Hardie had sexually harassed multiple women:
"Canadian winemaker Norman Hardie accused of sexual misconduct"
"Quebec, Ontario liquor stores drop Norman Hardie wines"
"Prince Edward County grapples with Norman Hardie allegations"

Anne Kingston, senior writer and columnist at Maclean’s, for a body of work including stories on maternal regret and the growth of the anti-choice political lobby as well as a column calling for classifying as “terrorism” hate crimes against women:
"I regret having children"
"How Canada’s growing anti-abortion movement plans to swing the next federal election"
"Toronto attack déjà-vu: lessons from the misogynist Montreal massacre"

Connie Walker, senior reporter, CBC News, for her work with Marnie Luke, Heather Evans, Jennifer Fowler and Mieke Anderson for the podcast Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo, a true-crime mystery series about the death of a Cree girl named Cleo Semaganis.
"Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo - S2 Episode 1: Stolen. Murdered. Missing."
"Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo - S2 Episode 2: Eyes that haunted me"
"Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo - S2 Episode 3: A little lie"

The winner will be announced at the annual CJF Awards on June 13 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York and receive $5,000 from the Canadian Women's Foundation. 

Tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities are available for the CJF Awards.
 

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 2018. 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
View the jury 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%)4

Judging Methodology
The judging panel is comprised of four to eight jurors who review all submitted entries through an online portal, rank the entries and then attend a face-to-face meeting or participate via conference call with their rankings to agree on the recipient--and finalists, if applicable--of the award. The recipient (and finalists) is announced in April or May, and is recognized at the annual CJF Awards gala held in Toronto.

The award will be presented at the CJF Awards June 13, 2019 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.


PAST WINNERS

2018 
- Robyn Doolittle, investigative reporter with The Globe and Mail, for her “Unfounded” series exposing a pattern of mishandling sexual assault cases by police across the country. 

2017
- Tavia Grant, reporter withThe Globe and Mail, who explored the trafficking of Indigenous women as well as the ongoing gender pay gap.
>> Read about the recipient


2016
- Radio-Canada Enquête duo of journalist Josée Dupuis and producer/director Emmanuel Marchand, who found Indigenous 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
Catherine Porter, a social justice columnist and feature writer with the Toronto Star, was recognized for a selection of her work as a columnist exploring systemic issues and delving into controversial topics
>> Read about the recipients


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
>> Read about the recipient

2014
-  Janet McFarland, business reporter with The Globe and Mail, on gender inequality on corporate boards
>> Read about the recipient


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The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, the Foundation works to achieve systemic change that includes all women. By supporting community programs, the Foundation empowers women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. Launched in 1991 to address a critical need for philanthropy focused on women, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is one of the largest women’s foundations in the world. With the support of donors, the Foundation has raised more than $90 million and funded over 1,900 programs across the country. These programs focus on addressing the root causes of the most critical issues, and helping women and girls who face the greatest barriers. To learn more, visit www.canadianwomen.org.