Canadian Journalism Foundation

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Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in Canadian journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through an annual awards program; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society; by supporting journalism websites, J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French); and by fostering opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

The Foundation's awards program recognizes and encourages excellence in journalism and provides unique professional development opportunities for Canadian journalists. Awards The Excellence in Journalism Award honours an organization which embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community it serves.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a substantial contribution by a Canadian journalist to the profession.

In 2014, the CJF Tribute was dedicated to Investigative Journalism, recognizing a remarkable year of enterprise reporting across the country. In the past, the annual Honorary Tribute has recognized a media luminary or organization that has made an impact on the international stage.

The CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship offers an early-career Aboriginal journalist the chance to explore an issue of interest to First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples. The fellow is hosted for one month by CBC News at its Aboriginal Centre in Winnipeg. This award is supported by CBC News, RBC Foundation, CN and Rosemary Speirs, a member of the CJF Board.

The Landsberg Award (named after award-winning journalist, author, social activist and feminist Michele Landsberg) 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 recipient receives a $5,000 prize. This award is presented in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation.

The Greg Clark Award is designed to offer working journalists, early in his or her career, a professional development opportunity which will allow the individual to gain insight, strategic information and meet key decision-makers in a sector or issue they regularly cover. This award is sponsored by CNW and the Toronto Star.

The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award offers a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto to a photojournalist in the early stages of his or her career. The annual internship is designed to give a photographer trying to break into the business a chance to perform on the national stage. This award is sponsored by Nikon.

The Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy provides a seasoned Canadian journalist with $100,000 and an opportunity to pursue a year-long investigation into a current policy issue. This award is a collaborative project of the Atkinson Foundation, the Honderich Family and the Toronto Star.

The William Southam Journalism Fellowships is awarded annually by the University of Toronto and Massey College. These fellowships reward mid-career journalists with an academic year to audit any course in the discipline of their choice and to participate fully in life at Massey College and the University. In association with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Journalists for Human Rights and The Canadian Journalism Foundation, Massey College and the University of Toronto are grateful for the generosity of the Alva Foundation, the estate of the late St. Clair Balfour, Lisa Balfour Bowen and Walter Bowen, Clair Balfour and Marci McDonald, Thomas Kierans and Mary Janigan in memory of Val Ross, Wilson J.H. Southam, the R. Howard Webster and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundations, Scotiabank and for the generosity of past Fellows.

The Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship is awarded bi-annually and allows the recipient to enjoy a one-year sabbatical at Harvard University. Funding is provided by The Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Trust to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

The Foundation's public programs, in the form of panel discussions and other events, are targeted at journalists, media executives, as well as academic and business leaders to help illuminate current issues or concerns.

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