Awards

The Canadian Association of Journalists runs an annual awards program that recognizes the best in Canadian journalism—with a particular focus on investigative work. Entries are welcome from any practising journalist whose work has been published or broadcast in Canada.

A call for entries is usually issued in December or January, with a submission deadline in late January or early February. Once judging is complete, we release a list of the finalists in each category. The winning entry in each category is announced as part of our annual conference’s banquet. CAJ conferences usually run in May or June.

Learn more about our categories and previous winners at the links below.

To go straight to the submission portal, click here.

Call for nominations: Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy

The Canadian Association of Journalists, the Centre for Free Expression, News Media Canada and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are inviting nominations for the Code of Silence Award for outstanding achievement in government secrecy. The award will be given annually in each of four categories—federal, provincial, municipal and police services—starting this fall.

If you have met resistance in getting information from a public body, please send us your nomination for a deserving award recipient along with the reasons why it should be chosen. Nominations will be considered by a jury who will select the "winners." Awards will be presented in October and November at public events in the cities in which each of the recipients is located.

Nominations must be submitted by August 31, 2017. They should be sent to Ange Holmes, Coordinator, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University either by email (ange.holmes@ryerson.ca) or by mail (350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3). All nominations will be acknowledged and all nominators will be invited to the awards ceremonies.



Appel de candidatures – Prix Code of Silence reconnaissant une contribution exceptionnelle à la culture du secret au sein d’une administration publique

L’Association canadienne des journalistes, le Centre for Free Expression, Médias d’info Canada et Canadian Journalists for Free Expression sollicitent les mises en candidature au prix Code of Silence (code du silence), qui reconnaît une contribution exceptionnelle à la culture du secret au sein d’une administration publique. Dès cet automne, le prix sera décerné chaque année à un service public dans chacune des quatre catégories suivantes : administration fédérale, administration provinciale, administration municipale et service de police.

Si un service public est demeuré muet face à vos demandes d’informations répétées, soumettez-nous sa candidature, et indiquez les raisons pour lesquelles vous estimez qu’il mérite de recevoir ce prix. Un jury examinera les candidatures proposées et sélectionnera les « gagnants ». Les prix seront remis en octobre et en novembre prochains lors de cérémonies publiques dans les villes où sont établis les lauréats. 

Les candidatures doivent être envoyées au plus tard le 31 août 2017, à Ange Holmes, coordonnatrice au Centre for Free Expression de l’Université Ryerson, par courriel (ange.holmes@ryerson.ca) ou par la poste (350, rue Victoria, Toronto (Ont.), M5B 2K3). Toutes les candidatures proposées seront dévoilées aux cérémonies de remise de prix, en présence de leurs auteurs.  

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Announcing the 2017 EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellows

OTTAWAJune 14, 2017 /CNW/ - The European Union Delegation to Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are pleased to announce the three winners of the 2017 EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship who will participate in a week-long study tour of European Union institutions in Brussels in October.

Prior to the study tour, the winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony jointly organized with the Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons, in the fall in Ottawa.

The winners include:

Marie-Danielle Smith,  National Post journalist, for her piece:
Cheese and seafood among irritants threatening to cause stink during CETA ratification

Jennifer Ackerman, journalism student at University of Regina,  for her TV report:
CETA application in Saskatchewan

Megan Devlin, journalism student at University of British Columbia, for her story:
It wasn't racism: Young Brexiteers say economy, EU control more important than immigration

The European Union Delegation is delighted to partner with the CAJ on this initiative aimed at giving young Canadian journalists an opportunity to advance their career goals and create life-long bonds with Europeans.

We would like to thank all those who expressed an interest and entered the contest and we are looking forward to the next edition of the EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship to be launched in the spring of 2018.

The European Union Delegation to Canada is a diplomatic mission with the mandate to promote the policies and positions of the European Union in Canada, to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the European Union as well as to give visibility, promote and strengthen EU-Canada relations. Follow us @EUinCanada and facebook.com/EUinCanada.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing more than 500 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high?quality professional development for its members and public?interest advocacy. Follow @caj and facebook.com/CdnAssocJournalists.

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APTN wins CAJ Charles Bury Award

OTTAWA, April 30, 2017 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists recognized the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network with the CAJ Charles Bury Award at its annual awards gala at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel on April 29.

The award is given under circumstances of exceptional merit to those people or organizations that have made a significant contribution to Canadian journalism. APTN is leading the charge on giving Indigenous people in Canada a voice on both sides of the camera, and the network is a stellar example of a growing news organization that embraces advocacy and professional development.

“When it comes to supporting journalists and fighting for journalism, APTN punches above its weight,” said CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey. “They fight for press freedom in the courts. They pitched, organized and funded vital programming at our conference. They’re everywhere.”

Taylor-Vaisey also highlighted the individual contribution of Karyn Pugliese, whose name is front and centre in so much of APTN’s work. “As if all that wasn’t enough, Karyn even joined our ethics committee late last year,” said Taylor-Vaisey. “There’s no end to her energy and dedication.”

This award, formerly known as the President’s Award, was renamed in honour of veteran journalist and long-time CAJ board member Charles Bury, who died in February 2014.

The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing nearly 600 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

For further information:
Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president – 647-968-2393 cell, nick@caj.ca

 

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‘Congratulations’ to Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal!

OTTAWA, April 30, 2017 /CNW/ – The most secretive government department in Canada, as “honoured” by the Canadian Association of Journalists at its annual awards gala at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel on April 29, is Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal.

The winning nomination for this year’s Code of Silence award came from Larry Cornies of the London Free Press, whose reporting on the aftermath of a costly fire, and a lack of transparency on the part of the London Fire Department and provincial Fire Marshal’s office, demonstrated a clear pattern of secrecy.

After a fire on June 30, 2016, which cost $1.5 million and destroyed a dozen businesses, Cornies inquired about the department’s response time. City council had earlier endorsed a goal of responding to fires within four minutes. The department referred all questions to the Fire Marshal’s office. No one would offer the data, which would have been available.

A mere 249 days later, after two appeals through freedom-of-information laws, the OFM finally revealed the response time: seven minutes and 11 seconds.

“The eight-month-long obfuscation raises the question of how city councillors in Ontario are supposed to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the fire departments accountable to them when such basic information is suppressed,” Cornies wrote in his nomination. “The OFM operates within a culture of secrecy—a culture that reaches into municipal departments that should instead be responsive to city councils and the citizens they serve.

“And all this under the nose of a provincial government that prides itself on having adopted ‘open government’ principles.”

Needless to say, the CAJ agrees.

We also awarded an honourable mention to the National Energy Board, which hired a vice-president of transparency and strategic engagement who, soon after taking the job, decided to “warn employees that they were under investigation by a private security firm for speaking to reporters.” That investigation was based on a “preliminary assessment” by the firm. When National Observer’s Mike De Souza, the NEB’s nominator, filed an access-to-information request for that report, the NEB told him there was no record of such an assessment.

Finally, we placed the Trudeau government on notice. After promising substantive—and necessary—access-to-information reform during the last campaign, the government has since backed away from any timelines at all on producing real results. “The Liberals did everything they could to match the Harper government’s record on this file,” said CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey. “They fell a little short this year, but we have a good feeling about next year.”

The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing nearly 600 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

For further information:
Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president – 647-968-2393 cell, nick@caj.ca

 

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Congratulations to the 2016 CAJ Awards winners!

OTTAWA, April 30, 2017 /CNW/ – A front-line presentation of Fentanyl’s impact in Vancouver has been awarded the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Don McGillivray Award.

The Don McGillivray Award is presented to the piece submitted to the CAJ’s annual awards program that a panel of judges felt best exemplified the top investigative journalism completed by Canadian media in the 2016 calendar year. Candidates for this award were drawn from the seven recipients of the CAJ Awards’ investigative categories.

Travis Lupick and Amanda Siebert of the Georgia Straight won the 2016 McGillivray Award, for their work showcasing the impact this dangerous opioid is having within Vancouver's vulnerable neighbourhoods.

The CAJ Awards honours exemplary journalism across 14 categories, including seven investigative categories. The winning entry in most categories received a $500 cash prize. The recipients were announced April 29 at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Ottawa, part of the #CAJ17 annual conference at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel.

Please note the media outlet listed is where the finalist worked at the time their entry was broadcast/published or where the particular entry was broadcast/published. Links, where available, have been provided in the titles of the recipients' entries.

The recipients in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

Karen Howlett, Justin Giovannetti, Nathan VanderKlippe, Andrea Woo, Les Perreaux, Laura Blenkinsop, Trish McAlaster, Michael Pereira, Melissa Tait

Killer High: How Canada Got Addicted to Fentanyl

The Globe and Mail

 

The recipients in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Travis Lupick, Amanda Siebert

A community response: How the worst overdose epidemic in Vancouver's history left the Downtown Eastside to fend for itself

The Georgia Straight

 

The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Shiral Tobin, Johanna Wagstaffe, Jessica Linzey, Lee Rosevere

Fault Lines

CBC News – Vancouver 

 

The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Adrienne Arsenault, Michelle Gagnon, Nazim Baksh

The Extremes

CBC News – The National

 

The recipient in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category is:

Abigail Bimman

Unregistered nurse

CTV News Kitchener

 

The recipients in the CAJ / MARKETWIRED DATA JOURNALISM AWARD are:

Renata D’Aliesio, Les Perreaux, Allan Maki, Jeremy Agius, Laura Blenkinsop

The Unremembered

The Globe and Mail

 

The recipient in the ONLINE MEDIA category is:

Mike De Souza

The Charest Affair

National Observer

 

The recipient in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category is:

Nahlah Ayed

The Rescuers

CBC News

 

The recipients in the SCOOP category are:

Diana Swain, Lori Ward, Timothy Sawa

Students Unhushed

CBC News – Investigative unit

 

The recipients in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

John Cotter, Lauren Krugel, Dean Bennett, Sylvia Strojek, Mary Jo Laforest, Gwen Dambrofsky, Ken Trimble, Chris Purdy, Bob Weber, Robert Drinkwater, Jennifer Graham, Tim Cook, Kevin Ward

Fort McMurray Wildfire

The Canadian Press

 

The recipients in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Jason Markusoff, Nancy Macdonald, Charlie Gillis

The Great Escape

Maclean’s

 

The recipients in the JHR / CAJ AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTING are:

Marc Ellison, Daniel Lafrance

Safe House

Freelance / The Toronto Star

 

The recipient in the CWA CANADA / CAJ AWARD FOR LABOUR REPORTING is:

Min Sook Lee

Migrant Dreams

TVO

 

The recipients in the CAJ / CNW GROUP STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE are:

Allister Aalders, Skye Bryden-Blom, Jennie Cyril, Joel LeBlanc, Daniel Mackenzie, Nic Meloney, Whitney Middleton, Matthew Moore, Hilary Pettigrew, Jean-Marc Samson, Blake Seymour, Callum Smith, Benoit Crawford-Leblanc, Jenn Edwards, Chris Lee, Nicole Ly, Dan MacIsaac, Ethan Saulnier, Brandon Munroe, Kadence Ellis, Kristen Brown, Ellen Coles, Ed Halverson, Scott Hastings, Nicole Martelle, Jane Nicholson, Andres Porras, Christian Roach, Marilyn Sexton, Olesya Shyvikova, John Wimberly, Morgan Jessome, CJ Killam, Nick Madore, Jake Nissen, Romney Tarasco, Jason Cohanim, Michael Decoste, Wyatt Estabrooks, Richard Harris, Caitlin Hartlen, Alyssa Lewis Graham

Untitled: The Legacy of Land in North Preston

Nova Scotia Community College

Consistent with information in the entry package instructions, judges had the discretion to name between one and five finalists in each award category. There were a total 276 entries for the 2016 awards program.

Congratulations to all our recipients. Your work stands as a testament that despite the increasing, complex challenges facing our industry, Canadian journalists continue to produce exemplary journalism.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with nearly 600 members across Canada. The CAJ’s primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.

For further information:

Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president – 647-968-2393 cell, nick@caj.ca 
Hugo Rodrigues, Awards committee chair – hugo@caj.ca

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The Code of Silence award: Call for nominations!

As #CAJ17 approaches, it's time to revive our annual tongue-in-cheek tradition, an idea with serious overtones: the Canadian Association of Journalists' Code of Silence award. 

Nursed to life by past-president Rob Cribb, the idea was to "celebrate" Canada's most-secretive government, department, agency or publicly funded body. Who was putting that extra bit of elbow grease into keeping any sunlight from reaching the public's business?

The "winner" that first year? The Ontario Ministry of the Environment. 

The CAJ is now accepting nominations from journalists working in Canada who've been fighting the good fight to pry public information out of the hands of bureaucrats and politicians from sea, to sea, to sea.

Nominators are asked to think big and small. Previous winners include the entire federal government, omnibus government legislation, a former prime minister's office and, last year, Canada's "financial intelligence unit." They also include the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and come from questions as simple as how many fish were being spawned at a federal facility—an answer shared with tour groups but not with an inquiring journalist before the spin masters were involved.

If it takes and/or spends public money and isn't being open and transparent about how it does so, it's an eligible nominee.

Do you have an egregious example that gets your own blood boiling? Nominations can be e-mailed to our president at nick@caj.ca.

The winner will be announced during the closing banquet for the #CAJ17 conference at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel on April 29Registration for the conference is open, with early bird rates ending April 25.

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Congratulations to the 2016 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWA, March 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the full list of finalists for its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada published or broadcast in 2016.

The winning entry in most categories will receive a $500 cash prize. The recipients in each category will be announced April 29 at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Ottawa, part of the #CAJ17 annual conference at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel.

Delegates registering for the full conference (April 28-29) in most registration categories get a banquet ticket as part of their registration. Standalone tickets are also available at a cost of $67.85. Register and purchase tickets today via the conference registration page. Early bird rates for the conference run until April 21.

Awards finalists registering for the conference – either one-day plus gala or full conference – are automatically eligible for a 10% discount off the relevant fee. If your organization wants to send more than five finalists to the conference, a 25% discount is available. Contact us to confirm eligibility and register.

The Don McGillivray Award for the best overall investigative report for 2016 will also be announced at the awards banquet.

Please note the media outlet listed is where the finalist worked at the time their entry was broadcast/published or where the particular entry was broadcast/published. Finalists are listed alphabetically by media outlet. Links, where available, have been provided in the titles of the finalists' entries.

The finalists in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

Heather Evans, Dave Seglins, Chelsea Gomez, Matthew Braga
Surveillance In Canada - Past, Present & Future
CBC News – Investigative unit

Holly Moore, Vera-Lynn Kubinec, Katie Nicholson, Joanne Levasseur, Harvey Cashore, Joseph Loiero, Tarannum Kamanli, Bob McKeown
Doctors Without Boundaries
CBC News – The Fifth Estate / Investigative unit

Steven Chase, Robert Fife
Party fundraising
The Globe and Mail

Karen Howlett, Justin Giovannetti, Nathan VanderKlippe, Andrea Woo, Les Perreaux, Laura Blenkinsop, Trish McAlaster, Michael Pereira, Melissa Tait
Killer High: How Canada Got Addicted to Fentanyl
The Globe and Mail

Randy Richmond, Morris Lamont, Kate Dubinski, Juanita Sims, Ian Gillespie
Indiscernible: the death of Jamie High
The London Free Press

The finalists in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Eva Wasney, Colin Corneau, Andrew Nguyen, Tyler Stephens, Matt Goerzen, Jim Lewthwaite
Knights of D-Day
The Brandon Sun

Travis Lupick, Amanda Siebert
A community response: How the worst overdose epidemic in Vancouver's history left the Downtown Eastside to fend for itself
The Georgia Straight

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Cullen Crozier
Forgotten Survivors
APTN Investigates

Shiral Tobin, Johanna Wagstaffe, Jessica Linzey, Lee Rosevere
Fault Lines
CBC News – Vancouver

Kalli Anderson
The Twiblings Project
Freelance / CBC Radio – The Doc Project

Team entry
Salute
Huffington Post / AOL Canada

Allison Tierney, Navin Harrilal, Shawney Cohen
Dopesick: Fentanyl's Deadly Grip
VICE – Viceland

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Trina Roache, James Robinson
Black Tickle
APTN National News

Rosa Marchitelli, Manjula Dufresne, Jenn Blair, Karen Burgess, Francois Dallaire, David Horemans
Failure to Protect
CBC News – Go Public

Adrienne Arsenault, Michelle Gagnon, Nazim Baksh
The Extremes
CBC News – The National

Jill Macyshon
Sandy Bay Housing
CTV News

Rick Westhead, Paul Haber, Scott Ferguson, Darren York, Olivera Stojanovic, David Hughes, Brett Mitchell, Steve Dryden, Ken Volden, Anton Koschany
NHL Concussions
CTV News – W5 / TSN

The finalists in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

Natalie Clancy, Eric Rankin, Manjula Dufresne, Yvette Brend, Justin McElroy
The Frontline of Fentanyl
CBC News – Vancouver

James Evans
Fort McMurray Strong
CBC Radio One – Edmonton

Abigail Bimman
Unregistered nurse
CTV News Kitchener

The finalists in the CAJ / MARKETWIRED DATA JOURNALISM AWARD are:

Jacques Marcoux, Sean Kavanagh
311 calls for help handled so slowly, Winnipeg misses nearly half its targets
CBC News – Manitoba

Valérie Ouellet, Alex Boissonneault, Marie-Eve Potvin
10 years and $100 million in political donations
CBC News / Radio-Canada – Toronto

Renata D'Aliesio, Les Perreaux, Allan Maki, Jeremy Agius, Laura Blenkinsop
The Unremembered
The Globe and Mail

Joanna Frketich
Danger Zone
The Hamilton Spectator

Jeff Outhit
Critics see 'systemic racism' in police stops
Waterloo Region Record

The finalists in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Emma Loop
The Drone And the Damage Done
Buzzfeed News Canada

Sean Craig
What's Gone On Behind Closed Doors At Canada's Most-Visited Museum
Freelance / Buzzfeed News Canada

Joan Weeks, Karissa Donkin
Matthew Hines: Death in Custody
CBC News – Nova Scotia / New Brunswick

Lisa Jackson, Josh Bloch, Chris Bennett, Marty Flanagan, Connor Illsley, Anna Maria Tremonti, Kathleen Goldhar, CJ Hervey, James Milward
Highway of Tears: a virtual reality documentary
CBC Radio One – The Current

Mike De Souza
The Charest Affair
National Observer

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Nahlah Ayed
The Rescuers
CBC News

Rafferty Baker
2016 portfolio
CBC News – Vancouver

Larry Wong
2016 portfolio
Postmedia Network – Edmonton

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Willow Fidler
Police admit racism
APTN National News

Diana Swain, Lori Ward, Timothy Sawa
Students Unhushed
CBC News – Investigative unit

Mercedes Stephenson
Suicide Bomber
CTV News

Colin Perkel
Canada plunging into elevator crisis
The Canadian Press

Joe Friesen
The death of Colten Boushie
The Globe and Mail

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

Olivia Condon, Vincent McDermott, Cullen Bird, Robert Murray
'It's gone. It's all gone': Wildfire empties Fort McMurray as flames enter city
Fort McMurray Today

John Cotter, Lauren Krugel, Dean Bennett, Sylvia Strojek, Mary Jo Laforest, Gwen Dambrofsky, Ken Trimble, Chris Purdy, Bob Weber, Robert Drinkwater, Jennifer Graham, Tim Cook, Kevin Ward.
Fort McMurray Wildfire
The Canadian Press

Susan Clairmont
Steadfast in their faith
The Hamilton Spectator

Jon Wells
Search ends in tragedy: Finnigan Danne found dead
The Hamilton Spectator

The finalists in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Lezlie Lowe
Before the murder and after: the life of Tyler Richards
Freelance / The Coast – Halifax, N.S.

Tyler Dawson
Watchdogs, oversight and Ontario's thin blue line: How the stakes got so high
Ottawa Citizen

Paul Webster
Big Pharma vs. Everyone
Freelance / Report on Business Magazine

Jason Markusoff, Nancy Macdonald, Charlie Gillis
The Great Escape
Maclean's

Jon Wells
The forever girl
The Hamilton Spectator

The finalists in the JHR / CAJ AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTING are:

Marnie Luke, Holly Moore, Cate Friesen, Heather Evans, Cecil Rosner, Connie Walker, Jillian Taylor, Angela Sterritt, Katie Nicholson, Geoff Leo, Jody Porter, Martha Troian, Chantelle Bellrichard, Katie Pedersen, Joanne Levasseur, Cameron Perrier, Kristy Hoffman, Kelly Bennett, Michelle Cheung, William Wolfe-Wylie, Richard Grasley, Ron Sloan, Donna Lee, Lara Schroeder, Diana Redegeld, Anne Mercer, Kate Zieman, Cathy Ross, Ginny Oakley, Ben Paris 
Unresolved: Case Closed or Murder? 
CBC News

Nahlah Ayed, Tracy Seeley 
Dirty Work 
CBC News – The National

Nancy Macdonald 
Canada's prisons are the new 'residential schools' 
Maclean's

Marc Ellison, Daniel Lafrance 
Safe House 
Freelance / The Toronto Star

Claire Ward, Kathryn Gretsinger, Taylor Owen, Daniel Hernandez, Michelle Ghoussoub, Codi Hauka, Jon Hernandez, Mike Lakusiak, Peter Mothe, Ahmed Najdat, Konstantine Roccas, Natalie Walters, Daisy Xiong 
Hidden in Plain Sight: Stories on Migration and HIV in Chile 
International Reporting Program / UBC Graduate School of Journalism / VICE News

The finalists in the CWA CANADA / CAJ AWARD FOR LABOUR REPORTING are:

Nelisha Vellani, Melissa Mancini, Charlsie Agro, Lindsay Sample
Restaurant dress codes: Should dressing sexy be a job requirement?
CBC News: Marketplace

Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Melissa Renwick, Paul Watson, Cameron Tulk, Kelsey Wilson, Frances Kelly
Lethal Legacy
Toronto Star

Min Sook Lee
Migrant Dreams
TVO

The finalists in the CAJ / CNW GROUP STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE are:

Adam Marsh
The Educated Homeless
Camosun College / Nexus Newspaper

Justina Deardoff, Hanna Deeves, Katherine Huitema
Not A Magic Pill
Mount Royal University / The Calgary Journal

Allister Aalders, Skye Bryden-Blom, Jennie Cyril, Joel LeBlanc, Daniel Mackenzie, Nic Meloney, Whitney Middleton, Matthew Moore, Hilary Pettigrew, Jean-Marc Samson, Blake Seymour, Callum Smith, Benoit Crawford-Leblanc, Jenn Edwards, Chris Lee, Nicole Ly, Dan MacIsaac, Ethan Saulnier, Brandon Munroe, Kadence Ellis, Kristen Brown, Ellen Coles, Ed Halverson, Scott Hastings, Nicole Martelle, Jane Nicholson, Andres Porras, Christian Roach, Marilyn Sexton, Olesya Shyvikova, John Wimberly, Morgan Jessome, CJ Killam, Nick Madore, Jake Nissen, Romney Tarasco, Jason Cohanim, Michael Decoste, Wyatt Estabrooks, Richard Harris, Caitlin Hartlen, Alyssa Lewis Graham
Untitled: The Legacy of Land in North Preston
Nova Scotia Community College

Alexander F. Quon
Lindell Smith: The inside story of how he took Halifax Peninsula North in a landslide
University of King's College, Halifax / The Signal

Consistent with information in the entry package instructions, judges had the discretion to name between one and five finalists in each award category. There were a total 276 entries for the 2016 awards program.

Congratulations to all our finalists. Your work has been outstanding, inspiring and a reminder of how despite the unending fiscal challenges facing our industry, Canadian journalists still produce plenty of amazing, important and impactful journalism. We thank you for entering and we hope to see you in Ottawa.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with about 600 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members.

For further information:

Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president - 647-968-2393 cell, nick@caj.ca;

Hugo Rodrigues, Awards committee chair - hugo@caj.ca

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Check out the latest Media Mag!

You might remember our New Year's message to members vowed to fight for and celebrate journalism in 2017. Well, we're going to start with a little bit of celebration. The CAJ presents its latest awards edition of Media Magazine, edited by the diligent David McKie, an investigative reporter at CBC News who takes time every year to contact award-winning Canadian journalists and ask them to tell the stories behind their powerful journalism.

Find the latest edition of Media here (and to read back issues dating to 1997, click here). The issue goes in-depth on journalism that won both CAJ Awards and National Newspaper Awards in 2016. As McKie reminds us in his opening editorial, these stories had serious impact. Just a sampling:

The Telegraph-Journal forced daycare operations to fire dubious employees, and become more diligent in their criminal background checks. The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s work prompted Winnipeg’s mayor to begin asking tough questions about working conditions. And Radio-Canada’s Enquête forced Quebec’s Liberal government to hold an inquiry into the treatment of Indigenous women in Val d’Or.

Anyone who scanned the last year's lists of award winners knows that reporting into the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls won the admiration of judges across the board. The team behind the Toronto Star's Gone series—read it all here—won the CAJ's Open Media award, as well as the NNA for Project of the Year. In Media, the team behind the investigations pulls back the curtain on their reporting—and offers crucial lessons learned for all of us to ponder.

Every story in Media provides an opportunity to learn. In these pages, you'll gain insight into how and why journalists told their stories, but you'll also find invaluable tips and tricks that could strengthen your own work. We're so grateful that journalists continually share their wisdom with peers. As McKie concludes: "Be inspired. Make a difference. These folks did."


 

A few words of thanks go to the Atkinson Foundation and the Michener Awards Foundation for advertising in Media. Our final thanks is reserved for David McKie, Media's editor who spends countless hours of free time assembling every edition. If you have a sec, tweet him your thanks.

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Call for entries for the 2016 CAJ Awards

It’s with pleasure that the Canadian Association of Journalists invites entries for its annual awards program — which includes Canada’s top investigative award, the Don McGillivray Award.

The application deadline for the CAJ Awards is Jan. 13, 2017.

The deadline for the CAJ / CNW Group Student Award of Excellence is Feb. 24, 2017.

Click here to submit an entry into the CAJ Awards.

Finalists should be announced by the end of March, with the awards presented during the CAJ conference in Ottawa, April 28-29, 2017.

Please download the information packages and posters you need below. This information is also available on this page of this site.

The entry packages:

To enter, visit our submission portal. Click on the link that says “To enter the 2016 CAJ Awards, click here” and follow the step-by-step process to set up an entry account and submit your entry(ies).

NEW this year! The CAJ is pleased to partner with the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma to help promote the forum's Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting, which has a separate application process and eligibility rules.

The inaugural presentation of the forum's Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting will take place during the 2017 CAJ conference. A full-resolution version of this poster on the left is available in the CAJ Awards - Full package download above.

Fees remain unchanged for the 2016 program!  The fee structure recognizes many entries are done by teams of journalists, often a combination of of CAJ members and non-members. To become a member, register online here. Teams pay fees based on whether all people are CAJ members or not.

Please note the fee structure. All fees below include HST:

  • member fee – $30
  • non-member fee – $110
  • Student award entry (CAJ student members only) – FREE
  • Student entries into other categories – $25
  • Team entry for CAJ members – $60
  • Team entry non-members – $200

Good luck to all entrants!

Some notes on how to enter using the online submission website:

  • Before you go to the entry site, please consider the entry categories and what you wish to submit. Collating and collecting relevant files, links and the supporting letter is encouraged prior to logging in.
  • Before submitting your entry(ies), you will need to create a submission account. Do this by clicking “To enter the 2016 CAJ Awards click here.” Enter your email to begin the process. If you entered a submission last year, you already have an account. Please use password recovery if you’re unable to login.
  • You can then begin uploading entries. Follow the page-by-page prompts to complete each of the forms tied to each entry.
  • On the first entry submission screen, please be sure to enter accurate information about the entrant and entry — these fields are used to apply the correct entry fee(s) and if entered incorrectly could result in payment of the wrong amount.
  • The first screen for submitting your entry covers details about the entry; the secondallows you to attach files; and the third allows for URL submissions. You are then taken to confirmation screens. To pay, “checkout” from your cart.
  • The system allows uploads of a supporting letter and up to 20 files in a wide variety of formats, including video and audio files.
  • You can enter up to five URLs for online work or for streaming video/audio. Please ensure the links remain accessible and functional throughout the judging period (beginning of April).
  • Payment is done via integrated PayPal option. Fees are calculated and paid without leaving the entry site. Please double check your fee calculation to ensure you are paying the correct fee. If the incorrect fee appears, please DO NOT finalize your entry. Contact us to resolve the matter.
  • If you run into any difficulties through the process and/or have any questions, please email us.

Questions? Please contact the CAJ Awards committee.

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Edmonton journalist selected for Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Nov. 24, 2016, WINNIPEG – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are pleased to announce Edmonton journalist John W. Murray has been selected for the inaugural Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellowship.

Murray, a Mi'gmaq citizen of the Natoaganeg (Eel Ground) First Nation in New Brunswick, grew up in Treaty 4 territory in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

He works with Edmonton radio station CJSR to produce Acimowin, a weekly live program dealing with Indigenous music and news. He also curates Indigenous Journalism, an information site on Facebook and Twitter.

This fellowship will provide a 12-week, paid placement with the APTN Investigates team based in Winnipeg, in the late-winter/spring of 2017. Murray will work with APTN staff to produce a full-length piece of original, investigative journalism that will air on APTN Investigates.

The CAJ provided promotional and logistical support to the judging panel. The CAJ will provide Murray with a complimentary one-year membership. Moreover, he will be invited to #CAJ17 in Ottawa next year to screen the finished piece for conference delegates and discuss how it came together and was received after broadcast.

CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey and APTN executive director of news and current affairs Karyn Pugliese announced the creation of this new fellowship during the #CAJ16 conference banquet, held at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel in May.

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ABOUT CAJ:

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing over 600 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.

For more information:

Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president
647-968-2393

nick@caj.ca

ABOUT APTN:

September 1, 2016, marked the 17-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862 (Canada), or visit the website at www.aptn.ca

For further information about APTN or image requests, contact:

Jacqueline Jubinville

Manager of Communications, APTN

(204) 947-9331, ext. 339

jjubinville@aptn.ca              

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