TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2021 /CNW/ - To celebrate the exceptional work of journalists and news organizations across the country and to provide professional growth opportunities for emerging journalistic talent, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is now accepting entries for its 2021 awards and fellowships program. The deadline for all submissions is February 19.
"The global pandemic has illuminated the importance of journalism and the journalists that serve Canadians with trustworthy news and information," says CJF chair Kathy English. "While COVID-19 has challenged journalists in unprecedented ways, it has also provided new opportunities for journalistic excellence that we look forward to celebrating.
"The CJF is particularly pleased this year to expand our award offerings with the new Black Journalism Fellowship Program, the new CJF Award for Climate Solutions Reporting and the CJF-Facebook Journalism Project Digital News Innovation Award."
The awards now open for submissions are:
CJF Black Journalism Fellowship Program
This new program providing three separate awards seeks to amplify Black voices, improve coverage of Black issues in the news and cultivate future Black media leaders by providing unique opportunities for early-career Black journalists—with one-to-five years' experience—to be hosted for six months at a CBC/Radio-Canada (English or French) or CTV News newsroom across the country. Thanks to founding sponsors lululemon, Aritzia and BMO Financial Group. The three awards are:
CJF-CBC/Radio-Canada Black Journalism Fellowship;
CJF-CBC/Radio-Canada Black Women's Journalism Fellowship; and
CJF-CTV News Black Journalism Fellowship.
Read the award details.
CJF Award for Climate Solutions Reporting
This new award, which carries a $10,000 cash prize, recognizes excellence in reporting on what is being done in Canada and beyond to address the impact and threat of climate change – the policies, practices and people that could potentially be part of the solution to this global crisis. Thanks to founding sponsor Intact Financial Corporation.
Read the award details.
CJF-Facebook Journalism Project Digital News Innovation Award
This new award recognizes innovations in digital media that have a demonstrated impact in advancing the quality of digital journalism. The winning organization will receive a $10,000 prize. Read the award details.
CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism
This two-part award honours Canadian news organizations whose journalism initiates profound and positive change in the community they serve. There are two winners: large and small media categories. Read the award details. (Reminder: Applicants can make their submission simultaneously to the Michener Award through a joint online form.)
CJF Lifetime Achievement Award
The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada. Nominations are accepted for all journalism categories. Read the award details and submit your nomination.
The Landsberg Award
In partnership with the Canadian Women's Foundation, this award recognizes a journalist doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's equality issues and comes with a $5,000 prize. Read the award details.
CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships
Two early-career Indigenous journalists will have the opportunity to explore issues of interest while spending one month with the CBC News Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. A $4,000 stipend will be provided, and CJF will cover travel, accommodation and reasonable expenses. Thanks to the generous support of Sobeys Inc. and donor Isabel Bassett. Read the award details.
Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award
This award offers an early-career photojournalist a six-week paid internship with The Canadian Press, providing an opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment and gain national exposure. Thanks to the generous support of Nikon. Read the award details.
Recipients of these awards will be recognized at the CJF Awards virtual ceremony on June 9.
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About the Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious annual awards and fellowships program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers' series, the CJF facilitates dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
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