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Newsrooms must confront sponsored content ethical dilemmas

OCT. 6, 2015 — Newsrooms must establish guidelines that clearly distinguish between what is journalism and what is advertising, says a new discussion paper from the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics advisory committee.

Content created to serve private interests is inherently different than content published in the public interest, says paper co-author Esther Enkin. “The CAJ ethics committee is clear that sponsored content does not meet the CAJ's own definition of journalism. But it's everywhere, and it's part of the working life of many of our colleagues,” she says.

“We hope this paper will spark a lively debate about the short and long term ethical implications of this ubiquitous model.”

Newsrooms confront two major ethical issues when it comes to sponsored content: potential deception of readers, and even self-deception within newsrooms; and conflict of interest involving journalists who both write critically and contribute to sponsored content on the same beat. The committee encourages newsrooms to acknowledge those issues and address them appropriately.

To read the discussion paper, click here.

The CAJ’s ethics advisory committee considers and provides advice on ethical issues faced by journalists through the course of their regular work. Members are appointed by the CAJ’s national board of directors, and the chair or co-chairs are appointed by the board from among the committee members.

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

For further information:
Esther Enkin
CBC Ombudsman and report co-author
416-205-2978

Nick Taylor-Vaisey
CAJ president
647-968-2393

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 CAJ Awards!

HALIFAX, June 6, 2015 /CNW/ – It was reporting that initiated a series of changes whose impacts are still resonating throughout Alberta.

The CBC Edmonton team of Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell are the recipient of the 2014 Don McGillivray Award, given to the top investigative entry into the annual CAJ Awards program. Rusnell and Russell’s entry dug deep into the fractious and freewheeling spending of former premier Alison Redford during her short term in office.

Down came Redford as the revelations led to significant pressure inside and outside cabinet for her ouster. Frustrated with both the excesses of her tenure and the inadequacy of her successor to clearly show there had been enough change in the premier’s office, voters enacted their own at the ballot box.

The entry had been named the recipient in the Community Broadcast category earlier on Saturday, one of 14 categories awarded in the annual program. The winning entry in most categories received a $500 cash prize.

The recipients of all categories are listed below.

Please note that the media outlet listed is where the recipient 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 recipient in the OPEN MEDIA category is:

Jon Wells
Remorseless
The Hamilton Spectator

The recipient in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category is:

Hilary Beaumont
The always-on stalker
Freelancer / The Coast, Halifax, N.S.

The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Ric Esther Bienstock, Felix Golubev, Simcha Jacobovici
Tales from the Organ Trade
Associated Producers Ltd. / Shaw Media

The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Kathy Tomlinson, Enza Uda, Robb Douglas
Foreign workers McJobs
CBC News – The National

The recipients in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell
Aura of Power
CBC News Edmonton

The recipient in the CAJ / MARKETWIRED DATA JOURNALISM AWARD is:

Teri Pecoskie
Keeping Score
The Hamilton Spectator

The recipients in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Umbreen Butt, Britney Dennison, Allison Griner, Emma Smith, Aurora Tejeida, Jimmy Thomson, Carlos Tello, Mike Wallberg, Leif Zapf-Gilje, Peter Klein, David Rummel, Kathryn Gretsinger, Daniel McKinney, Kim Frank, Chantelle Bellrichard, Travis North, Peter Herford, Katelyn Verstraten, Yujuan Xie, Zhenzhen Zhang, Haiyan Wu, Xiaoqing Yang, Xiaohong Lin, Yonglin Yao, Yacong Luo
China’s Generation Green
University of British Columbia International Reporting Program / Toronto Star

The recipient in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category is:

John Lehmann
Portfolio entry
The Globe and Mail

The recipients in the SCOOP category are:

Andrew MacIntosh, Félix Séguin
Nouvelles Révélations Troublantes sur le Policier Ripou Ian Davidson
Le Journal de Montreal / Agence QMI – Quebecor Media

The recipient in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category is:

Janis Mackey Frayer
They would bury the children last
CTV News

The recipient in the TEXT FEATURE category is:

Jesse McLean
A daughter’s disappearing silhouette
Toronto Star

The recipient in the JHR / CAJ AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTING is:

Trina Roache
Outside the circle
APTN National News

The recipients in the CWA CANADA / CAJ AWARD FOR LABOUR REPORTINGare:

Dave Seglins, Gord Westmacott, John Nicol, Heather Evans, Carla Turner, Jeremy MacDonald
Rail fatigue in Canada – A silent peril
CBC Radio One – The Current / CBC News

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

Danielle Semrau, Hannah Kost
The Vanishing Point
Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alta. / The Calgary Journal

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 235 entries for the 2014 awards program.

Congratulations to all recipients. Your work has been outstanding – it caused change, embraced it and clearly demonstrates that Canadian journalists are successfully managing the change that is the constant in our industry.

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CAJ to Rogers: Don't abandon multicultural news

OTTAWA, May 7, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists believes Rogers Media is abandoning a necessary commitment to multicultural communities in Canada by choosing to shut down some multilingual newscasts at its OMNI-TV stations.

According to media reports, about 100 staff members across the country received layoff notices Thursday, with many focused on newscasts aired on OMNI stations in Western Canada. The cuts are in response to continuing financial losses within Rogers Media-owned OMNI and CityTV stations and there are suggestions the domestically produced newscasts in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi and Italian have faced stiff competition from foreign-language specialty channels that are increasingly available as part of cable and satellite packages across Canada.

"OMNI-TV broke a lot of new ground in Canada, bringing relevant news and information to multicultural audiences in their own language, produced by people living and working in their communities," CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said. "The loss of these newscasts will erase a legacy of bringing these communities news from afar and information on what was happening in their own cultural community in Canada."

The CAJ challenges Rogers Media make a firm commitment to investing in multicultural news and information programming across the entire media spectrum, as this is crucial to maintaining the strong and multicultural Canada in which companies like Rogers can prosper.

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 further information:
Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president, 613-330-8396 cell, hugo@caj.ca

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Congratulations to all the 2014 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWA, April 30, 2015 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the finalists for its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada for 2014.

The winning entry in most categories will receive a $500 cash prize. The winners in each category will be announced June 6, 2015, at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Halifax, part of the #CAJ15 conference at the Hotel Atlantica.

Delegates registering for the full conference (June 5-6) in most registration categories get a banquet ticket as part of their registration. Standalone tickets are also available at a cost of $60. Register and purchase tickets today via the conference registration pageEarly bird rates for the conference run until May 22.

New for this year, 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 2014 will also be announced at the awards banquet.

Please note that 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:

Keith Gerein
Condition Critical
Edmonton Journal

Jon Wells
Remorseless
The Hamilton Spectator

Robert Cribb
Presumed Guilty
Toronto Star

Marco Chown Oved
Mining and International Aid
Toronto Star / R. James Travers International Corresponding Fellowship

Jayme Poisson, Emily Mathieu, Randy Risling
Sexual Assault on Canadian Campuses
Toronto Star

The finalists in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Michael Robinson
Evacuation plan leaves some behind
Algonquin Times

Hilary Beaumont
The always-on stalker
Freelancer / The Coast, Halifax, N.S.

David P. Ball
Status: Inside Vancouver’s Sanctuary City Movement
Freelancer / TheTyee.ca

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Kathleen Martens
Wasting away
APTN Investigates

Ric Esther Bienstock, Felix Golubev, Simcha Jacobovici
Tales from the Organ Trade
Associated Producers Ltd. / Shaw Media

Geoff Leo, Roxanna Woloshyn
Mining for a miracle
CBC News Saskatchewan

Sandie Rinaldo, Litsa Sourtzis, Sarah Stevens
Predator’s playground
CTV – W5

Brennan Leffler, Jennifer Tryon, Jonathan Wong, Elias Campbell, Krysia Collyer, Laurie Few
Out of shadows
Global News – 16X9

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Alison Crawford
Operation Snapshot: behind the scenes of a child porn bust
CBC News

Gosie Sawicka, Leif Larsen, Pierre Verriere
Firearms instructor gives certificates after helping students with exam
CBC News Manitoba

Kathy Tomlinson, Enza Uda, Robb Douglas
Foreign workers McJobs
CBC News – The National

Kevin Newman, Litsa Sourtzis, Annie Burns-Pieper
Suicide watch
CTV – W5

The finalists in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell
Aura of Power
CBC News Edmonton

Alison Brunette
Challenging hospital policy on medical marijuana use
CBC Radio One – Quebec AM

Abigail Bimman
Who cares?
CTV News Kitchener

Natalie Clancy
Working holiday nightmare
CBC News Vancouver

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

Steven Rennie
Meet the fire hydrant that makes Toronto the most money from parking tickets
The Canadian Press

Patrick Cain
Here’s the sex offender map Ontario didn’t want you to see
GlobalNews.ca

Teri Pecoskie
Keeping Score
The Hamilton Spectator

Robert Cribb, Matthew Cole
Tainted water
Toronto Star

Christine Bennett, Heather Brimicombe, Emma Davie, Catharina de Waal, Ian Froese, Matt Gray, Nicolas Haddad, Braeden Jones, Dave Lostracco, Kendra Lovegrove, Shannon MacDonald, Megan Marrelli, Erin McCabe, Helen Pike, Kelsey Power, Kristie Smith and Jesse Ward
Burned
University of King’s College / The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax, N.S.

The finalists in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Ashley Terry, Heather Loney, Kevin Buffitt, James Armstrong, Andrew Russell, Carmen Chai, Laura Stone, Amy Minsky, Irene Ogrodnik
Invisible wounds
GlobalNews.ca

Umbreen Butt, Britney Dennison, Allison Griner, Emma Smith, Aurora Tejeida, Jimmy Thomson, Carlos Tello, Mike Wallberg, Leif Zapf-Gilje, Peter Klein, David Rummel, Kathryn Gretsinger, Daniel McKinney, Kim Frank, Chantelle Bellrichard, Travis North, Peter Herford, Katelyn Verstraten, Yujuan Xie, Zhenzhen Zhang, Haiyan Wu, Xiaoqing Yang, Xiaohong Lin, Yonglin Yao, Yacong Luo
China’s Generation Green
University of British Columbia International Reporting Program / Toronto Star

Joshua Hergesheimer
This man says Canadians need to know what’s in their government pension plan and what demanding justice cost him
Freelancer / The Vancouver Observer

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Jonathan Hayward
Portfolio entry
The Canadian Press

Larry Wong
Portfolio entry
Edmonton Journal

Darryl Dyck
Portfolio entry
Freelancer / The Canadian Press

Jean Levac
Portfolio entry
Ottawa Citizen

John Lehman
Portfolio entry
The Globe and Mail

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Alana Cole, Caroline Barghout
Teens in CFS care in Winnipeg hotels say they’ve seen prostitution, drugs
CBC News Manitoba

Rick MacInnes-Rae, Michael Drapak
How ‘synthetic’ identity fraud costs Canada $1B a year
CBC News – The National

Laurie Graham, Tina Romito, Philip Ling
NDP’s alleged misuse of public funds
CTV News

Andrew MacIntosh, Félix Séguin
Nouvelles Révélations Troublantes sur le Policier Ripou Ian Davidson
Le Journal de Montreal / Agence QMI – Quebecor Media

Kim Bolan
Cartel Connection
Vancouver Sun

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

Meghan Grant, Kyle Bakx, Katy Anderson, Jenaya King
Brentwood stabbings
CBC News Calgary

Gary Graves, Jennifer Beard, Paula Waddell, Chris Carter, Janyce McGregor, Robert Russo
Ottawa shooting: Day of chaos leaves soldier, gunman dead
CBC News Ottawa

Janis Mackey Frayer
They would bury the children last
CTV News

Abigail Bimman
Funeral thefts
CTV News Kitchener

Jon Wells
Hamilton wraps its arms around our fallen soldier
The Hamilton Spectator

The finalists in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Ethan Faber, Phil Hahn
The Search for Ashley and Taylor
CTV News

Margaret Munro
Trouble beneath our feet 
Postmedia News

Jesse McLean
A daughter’s disappearing silhouette
Toronto Star

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

Trina Roache
Outside the circle
APTN National News

Patrick Cain, Leslie Young, Anna Mehler Paperny
Canada’s Unwanted
GlobalNews.ca

Michelle Shephard
In Central African Republic: A Lesson In Hate
Toronto Star

Tanya Talaga
An Afghan boy’s lonely trek to freedom
Toronto Star

Carol Sanders
Nowhere to go
Winnipeg Free Press

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

Ira Basen
Class Struggle
CBC Radio One – Sunday Edition

Dave Seglins, Gord Westmacott, John Nicol, Heather Evans, Carla Turner, Jeremy MacDonald
Rail fatigue in Canada – A silent peril
CBC News: World Report / CBC  Radio – The Current

Sunny Freeman
The 4,000 kilometre commute
The Huffington Post

Robert Bostelaar
The secret squeeze
Ottawa Citizen

Gordon Hoekstra
Call renewed for justice
Vancouver Sun

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

Michael Robinson
Lowly, tasty and in trouble again
Algonquin College, Ottawa / Toronto Star

Max Foley, Paulina Liwski, Quinton Amundson
Calgary and The Great War
Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alta. / The Calgary Journal

Janice Paskey, Paul Coates, Ian Tennant, Alyssa Quirico, Lisa Taylor, April Lamb, Riad Kadri, Roxanne Blackwell, Olivia Condon, Brittany Fong, Garrett Harvey, Tiffany Ritz, Quinton Amundson, Kelsey Simpson, Cameron Perrier, Daniel Ball, Lucas Silva, Jordan Kroshinsky, Sarah Comber, Caitlin Clow, Haley Anderson, Ashley Materi, Alexandra Rabbitte, Michael Chan, Danny Luong, Olivia Grecu, Hannah Kost, Jodi Egan, Pauline Zulueta, Krystal Northey, Jenica Foster, Andrew Szekeres, Kerri Martin, Brad Simm
Below grade: Our secondary suites investigation
Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alta. / The Calgary Journal

Danielle Semrau, Hannah Kost
The Vanishing Point
Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alta. / The Calgary Journal

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 235 entries for the 2014 awards program.

Congratulations to all our finalists. Your work has been outstanding and we thank you for entering. We hope to see you in Halifax.

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CAJ celebrates Mohamed Fahmy’s release

*Update- Sept.23, 2015* The Canadian Association of Journalists celebrates Egypt’s pardon of Mohamed Fahmy, a wrongly imprisoned journalist who fought a protracted, two-year legal battle for his own freedom. Fahmy and two Al Jazeera colleagues were jailed and charged simply for doing their jobs, and today’s pardons affirm that Fahmy never should have been accused of any wrongdoing. This process brings into stark relief the necessity of governments to aggressively support their own citizens who work abroad as journalists.

The CAJ recognizes that Fahmy’s freedom came about thanks to the tireless work of his family, lawyers and a united coalition of international press-freedom organizations that pressed the Egyptian government to release Fahmy unconditionally. While today’s pardon represents a victory for world press freedom, but too many journalists still fear for their lives as they try to report the news. The CAJ continues to support the vital work of international organizations that expose wrongful arrests and killings of journalists around the world.

*Update – Aug. 29, 2015* The Canadian Association of Journalists joins with the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in demanding Prime Minister Stephen Harper immediately intervene in the unjust sentencing today of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy in Egypt. Fahmy and his co-workers at Al-Jazeera were convicted for simply doing their jobs as journalists.

*Update – July 30, 2015* In Cairo, a court session for the re-trial of Fahmy and his colleagues has been adjourned until Aug. 2. The journalists and Al Jazeera have issued statements expressing their disapproval.

*Update – July 30, 2015* The CAJ contact for this release is now Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president, 647-968-2393, nick@caj.ca.

*Update – Jan. 11, 2015* Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has travelled to Egypt to push for Mr. Fahmy’s release, CBC News has reported. The news follows a Jan. 1 report that Mr. Fahmy would be granted a retrial

*Update- Nov. 5, 2014* Amal Clooney and Mark Wassouff, lawyers for Mohamed Fahmy, have released a new statement calling for his release. It’s available in English and Arabic here: http://www.doughtystreet.co.uk/news/article/press-statement-by-a-clooney-and-m-wassouf-mr-mohamed-fahmy.

*Update – Oct. 10, 2014* Mohamed Fahmy’s family has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover legal fees. Here is the link: gofundme.com/fjflds

OTTAWA, June 25, 2014 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists condemns the conviction of Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian journalist who served as Al Jazeera’s acting bureau chief in Cairo, to seven years in prison for terrorism-related crimes.

Fahmy’s conviction came after a trial bereft of damning, or even relevant, evidence. We call on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to continue efforts matching the chorus of international demands for Fahmy’s release.

“The allegations against Fahmy and his colleagues were ridiculous from the outset. The journalists were simply doing their jobs, reporting crucial stories during a turbulent period in Egypt’s history,” said CAJ President Hugo Rodrigues. “Fahmy’s sentence is further proof that the current Egyptian regime is not interested in championing the rights of journalists.”

The CAJ urges Harper to continue the work being done to lobby Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and insist on presidential pardons for Fahmy and his colleagues, who were detained for 178 days before their conviction. While federal ministers have confirmed the government is involved in lobbying for Fahmy’s release, a show of support from the prime minister would clearly indicate the government’s resolve to see him released.

“Fahmy’s brother has urged Harper to pick up the phone and call el-Sisi,” said Rodrigues. “We will send our own letter to the Egyptian Embassy in Canada and to the Prime Minister’s Office asking for the same action.”

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 high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

For further information:
Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president – 613-330-8396 cell, hugo@caj.ca

 

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 CAJ Awards!

VANCOUVER, May 11, 2014 /CNW/ – The dogged and determined work of CTV News parliamentary bureau’s Robert Fife into the Senate expenses scandal has taken Canada’s top prize for investigative journalism.

Fife’s entry was selected as the best from among the recipients in the investigative categories of the 2013 CAJ Awards, presented Saturday evening by CBC Radio One host Stephen Quinn at the Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown Vancouver. The award is named after Don McGillivray, longtime and founding member of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

In an acceptance video, Fife thanked his colleagues, CTV’s media lawyer and his sources for their support throughout his work on the file. Earlier in the evening, Fife had received the open broadcast news award.

The recipients in all categories of the 2013 awards program are below.

The recipients in the OPEN MEDIA category are:
Selena Ross, Frances Willick
Rehteah Parsons
The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

And,

Glen McGregor
Senate Expenses Scandal
Ottawa Citizen

The recipient in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category is:

David P. Ball
Cross-Border Coal War
The Tyee

The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Garth Mullins, Lisa Hale, Yvonne Gall
The Imaginary Albino
CBC Radio One – Ideas

The recipient in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category is:

Robert Fife
Senate Under Scrutiny
CTV News

The recipient in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category is:

Abigail Bimman
Behind Prison Walls
CTV News – Kitchener

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

Andrew McIntosh, Kinia Adamczyk
De L’Aide Sociale, Même En Prison
Agence QMI / Journal de Montréal – Bureau d’enquête

The recipients in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira, Ian Johnson, Eric Foss
Pipeline Safety
CBC News – Online

The recipient in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category is:

Jonathan Hayward
Portfolio entry
The Canadian Press

The recipient in the SCOOP category is:

Robert Fife
Senate Expense Scandal
CTV News

The recipient in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category is:

Mark Ross
Alberta Floods
CBC News Network

The recipient in the TEXT FEATURE category is:

Ryan Maloney
Veteran Says Sacrifice Being Demeaned
Huffington Post Canada

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

Mark Kelley, Lysanne Louter, Tarannum Kamlani, Aileen McBride
Made in Bangladesh
CBC News – The Fifth Estate

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

Kathy Tomlinson, Raj Ahluwalia
RBC Foreign Workers
CBC News – The National

And,

Krystle Alarcon
Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Controversy: Years in the Making
The Tyee

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

Allison Drinnan, Anna Brooks
Into the Shadows: An Inside Look at Alberta’s Sex Trade Industry
Calgary Journal / Mount Royal University

Consistent with information in the entry package, judges had the discretion to name between one and five finalists in each award category. There were a total 213 entries for the 2013 awards program.

Congratulations to all our recipients. Your work has been outstanding and once again proves the value of why journalism matters. We thank you for entering.

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Congratulations to all the 2013 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWA, April 7, 2014 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the finalists for its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada for 2013.

The winning entry in most categories will receive a $500 cash prize. The winners in each category will be announced May 10, 2014, at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Vancouver, part of the #CAJ14 conference at the Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown Vancouver.

Delegates registering for the full conference (May 9-10) in most registration categories get a banquet ticket as part of their registration. Standalone tickets are also available at a cost of $45. Register and purchase tickets today via the conference registration pageEarly bird rates for the conference run until April 25.

The Don McGillivray Award for the best ‘overall’ investigative report for 2013 will also be announced at the awards banquet.

Please note that 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:

Selena Ross, Frances Willick
Rehtaeh Parsons
The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

Glen McGregor
Senate Expenses Scandal
Ottawa Citizen

Kevin Donovan, Jayme Poisson, Robyn Doolittle, Jesse McLean, Jennifer Pagliaro, Dale Brazao, Kenyon Wallace, David Bruser, Emily Mathieu, Mary Ormsby
Mayor Rob Ford Investigation
Toronto Star

Kim Bolan
Inside the Angels
Vancouver Sun

Craig Pearson, Trevor Wilhelm
The Way of the Gun
Windsor Star

The finalists in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Krystle Alarcon, Sam Eifling
Angel’s Story: Trapped in a Violent World
The Tyee

David P. Ball
Cross-Border Coal War
The Tyee

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Timothy Sawa, Marie-Maude Denis, Annie Burns-Pieper, Nicole Reinert
Offshore Exposed
CBC News – Investigative Unit

Adrienne Arsenault, Stephanie Jenzer
Travels in Terror
CBC News – The National

Garth Mullins, Lisa Hale, Yvonne Gall
The Imaginary Albino
CBC Radio One – Ideas

Sandie Rinaldo, Marleen Trotter, Mary Dartis, Brett Mitchell, Anton Koschany
Cheatin’ Hearts
CTV News – W5

Sonia Desmarais, Sylvie Fournier
Force Policière
Radio-Canada – Enquête

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Dave Seglins, John Nichol, Heather Evans, Carla Turner, Jeremy McDonald, Brigitte Noel
Rail Safety in Canada
CBC News – Daily Investigations Research Team

Robert Fife
Senate Under Scrutiny
CTV News

Sandie Rinaldo, Litsa Sourtzis, Steve Bandera, Brett Mitchell, Anton Koschany
Crisis in Care – Deadly Care
CTV News – W5

The finalists in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell
Imported Politics
CBC News – Edmonton

Geoff Leo, David Horth
Carbon Conflict
CBC News – Saskatchewan

Zach Dubinsky, John Lancaster, Heather Evans, Harvey Cashore
Municipal Muckraking
CBC News – Toronto

Abigail Bimman
Behind Prison Walls
CTV News – Kitchener

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

Andrew McIntosh, Kinia Adamczyk
De L’Aide Sociale, Même En Prison
Agence QMI / Journal de Montréal – Bureau d’enquête

Anita Elash, Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira, Kimberly Ivany, Romilla Karnick, Sina Zapfe
Rate My Hospital: A Fifth Estate Investigation
CBC News Online / The Fifth Estate

Leslie Young, Anna Mehler Paperny, Kate Grzegorczyk
Crude Awakening
Global News

Jeff Outhit
‘A Question of Life and Death’
Waterloo Region Record

Claire Brownell
Land Grab: How a Bridge Baron Ruined a Neighbourhood
Windsor Star

The finalists in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira, Ian Johnson, Eric Foss, Joanne Levasseur
Pipeline Safety
CBC News – Online

Christopher Johnson
The End of the World
Globalite Magazine

Patrick Cain
Remembrance Day – Mapping the Dead of Canada’s Wars
Global News

Sunny Freeman
Staking Claim: First Nations and Resource Development in the Ring of Fire
Huffington Post Canada

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Jonathan Hayward
Portfolio entry
The Canadian Press

Shaughn Butts
Portfolio entry
Edmonton Journal

Darryl Dyck
Portfolio entry
Freelance / The Canadian Press

Steve Russell
Portfolio entry
The Toronto Star

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Andrew McIntosh
Conversations Secrètes Finalement Révélées
Agence QMI – Bureau d’enquête

Frederic Zalac, Alex Shprintsen, Nicole Reinert, Zach Dubinsky, Harvey Cashore, Doug Husby, Kris Fleerackers, Sheldon Beldick, Emmanuel Marchand
Offshore Secrets: Massive Data Leak Exposes Offshore Financial Secrets
CBC News – Investigative Unit

Robert Fife
Senate Expense Scandal
CTV News

Tara Deschamps, Kelsey Rolfe, Natalie Chu, Robert Cribb
Ontario to Open Up Toronto Institutions’ Food-Safety Records / Bendale Acres Deaths: Outbreaks at Long-Term Facilities Need to be Made Public, Experts Say
Ryerson University / The Toronto Star

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

Mark Ross
Alberta Floods
CBC News Network

Jon Wells
Leaving Steel
Hamilton Spectator

Robert Sibley
‘He Just Didn’t Stop;’ Six Dead, Dozen Critical After Collision
Ottawa Citizen

Kim Bolan, Mike Hager
Terror Suspects Marginalized Drug Addicts
Vancouver Sun

The finalists in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Sydney Loney
Blind and Bullied, But Not Beaten
Chatelaine

Dawn Walton
Lost on the Way to the Holy War
Globe and Mail

Ryan Maloney
Veteran Says Sacrifice Being Demeaned
Huffington Post Canada

Charles Hamilton
School of Last Resort
The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon

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

Mark Kelley, Lysanne Louter, Tarannum Kamlani, Aileen McBride
Made in Bangladesh
CBC News – The Fifth Estate

Brennan Leffler, Kirk Neff, Jonathan Wong, Laurie Few, Nisha Pahuja
Bus Rape Outrage
Global – 16X9

Carol Sanders
When Hope Runs Out
Winnipeg Free Press

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

Kathy Tomlinson, Raj Ahluwalia
RBC Foreign Workers
CBC News – The National

Richard Littlemore
Union 2.0
Globe and Mail

Krystle Alarcon
Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Controversy: Years in the Making
The Tyee

Gordon Hoekstra
Asbestos Safety Often Ignored
Vancouver Sun

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

Hannah Kost, Danielle Semrau
The Faith of Pam Rocker
Calgary Journal / Mount Royal University

Allison Drinnan, Anna Brooks
Into the Shadows: An Inside Look at Alberta’s Sex Trade Industry
Calgary Journal / Mount Royal University

Alexandra Posadzki
Chill Pills: The Dangers of Benzodiazepines
The Canadian Press / Ryerson University

Laura Hubbard, Kate McKenna, Natascia Lypny, Emily Kitagawa, Tari Wilson, Rana Encol, Luke Orrell
Warehoused
Huffington Post Canada / University of King’s College

Sam Pinto
Quebec Charter Faces Opposition in McGill Community
The McGill Tribune / McGill University

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 213 entries for the 2013 awards program.

Congratulations to all our finalists. Your work has been outstanding and we thank you for entering. We hope to see you in Vancouver.

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CAJ fears for local news in B.C. after Kamloops closure

Jan. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is disappointed Glacier Media is abandoning its news operations in Kamloops, B.C. The company announced Jan. 6 it had issued a 60-day notice to its employees it would be ceasing operations in Kamloops and closing the Kamloops Daily News. The daily newspaper has over 80 years under its belt and was purchased by Glacier Media as part of its acquisition of Hollinger Canadian Newspapers, LP in 2006.

This decision highlights a disturbing trend of newspaper publishers choosing to shut down newsrooms rather than choose other less-drastic measures of reducing their costs of production. It extinguishes a voice in the media landscape in communities where the choices are already few.

"The CAJ understands the financial challenges involved in producing high-quality local news and information that advertisers and subscribers are willing to pay for," CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said. "However, it's a sad day for the state of media and journalism in Canada when the easy choice is to close up shop and walk away rather than find other ways of continuing to serve a community in some fashion."

The CAJ is increasingly concerned with the number of newspaper closures in small- to medium-sized communities across Canada. It fears Monday's announcement will not be the last in the coming months as owners review their year-end financials and move to improve their bottom lines. Newspapers have closed in every Canadian province over the past two years and the void left by their absence in the local news market has often been left empty.

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 high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

For further information: Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president -519-535-8680 cell, hugo@caj.ca

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 CAJ Awards!

OTTAWA, May 4, 2013 / CNW / A fulsome investigation into a former Halifax mayor’s role as executor of a family friend’s estate has taken the Canadian Association of Journalists’ top prize for investigative journalism in 2012.

Tim Bousquet, of The Coast in Halifax, N.S., was the recipient of the 2012 Don McGillivray Award, which recognizes the best of the recipients in the investigative categories that are part of the CAJ Awards program. Bousquet accepted the award via Skype from his home, speaking to the audience at the CAJ’s annual conference banquet and awards gala. The gala was held at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on the second day of #CAJ2013.

Bousquet had earlier been honoured as the recipient of the community newspaper category, recognizing investigative work done by journalists in newspapers with an average circulation under 25,000 or that are published fewer than five days a week. His entry focused on former mayor Peter Kelly’s questionable management of a family friend’s estate after her death.

Also announced Saturday were the recipients in 14 other investigative and general excellence categories. Please find these listed below. The CAJ congratulates all recipients and finalists for their amazing work published and broadcast across all media in the 2012 calendar year.

The recipients in the OPEN NEWSPAPER / WIRE SERVICE category are:

Stephen Maher, Glen McGregor
Dirty election tricks revealed
Postmedia News

The recipient in the COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER category is:

Tim Bousquet
A trust betrayed
The Coast – Halifax, NS

The recipient in the MAGAZINE category is:

Alison Motluk
Is egg donation dangerous?
Maisonneuve Magazine

The recipients in the OPEN TELEVISION (UNDER FIVE MINUTES RUNTIME) category are:

Robert Fife, Philip Ling
XL Foods investigation
CTV News

The recipients in the OPEN TELEVISION (OVER FIVE MINUTES RUNTIME) category are:

Gil Shochat, Alex Shprintsen, Joseph Loeiro
Fatal Deception
CBC News – Investigative Unit

The recipient in the REGIONAL TELEVISION category is:

Melissa Brousseau
Breaking the mold
CBC North – Maamuitaau

The recipient in the OPEN RADIO NEWS OR CURRENT AFFAIRS category is:

Alison Motluk
Wanted: Egg donor in good health
CBC Radio – The Sunday Edition

The recipient in the CAJ / MARKETWIRED DATA JOURNALISM AWARD is:

Steve Buist
Condition critical
Hamilton Spectator

The recipient in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category is:

Darryl Dyck
Portfolio
Freelance / The Canadian Press

The recipient in the SCOOP category is:

Jim Bronskill
Canada’s torture memos
The Canadian Press

The recipient in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category is:

Kim Bolan
Brazen killing may be gang retaliation / Sandip Duhre was shot to death
Vancouver Sun

The recipient in the PRINT FEATURE category is:

Jon Wells
He sang with all his heart
Hamilton Spectator

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

Nahlah Ayed, Diane Grant
Seeking safety
CBC News – The National

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

Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen, Enda Brophy
Interns, unite! (you have nothing to lose – literally)
Briarpatch

The recipient in the CAJ / CNW GROUP STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE is:

Marc Ellison
The Girls of War
Toronto Star / Carleton University

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 177 entries for the 2012 awards program. Look for information about the 2013 program before the end of this calendar year.

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Congratulations to all the 2012 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWA, April 8, 2013 /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 for 2012.

The winning entry in most categories will receive a $500 cash prize. The winners in each category will be announced May 4, 2013, at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Ottawa, part of the #CAJ2013 conference at the Westin Hotel Ottawa.

There are three remaining categories (community newspaper, TV over five minutes and radio news / current affairs) whose results will be announced as soon as possible. Look for another release with the full 15 categories of finalists the week of April 8.

Recipients will be announced by Evan Solomon, host of CBC News Network’s Power and Politics and CBC Radio One’s The House. Delegates registering for the full conference May 3-5 in most registration categories get a banquet ticket as part of their registration. Standalone tickets are also available at a cost of $85. Register and purchase tickets today via the conference registration pageEarly bird rates for the conference end on April 19.

The Don McGillivray Award for the best ‘overall’ investigative report for 2012 will also be announced at the awards banquet.

Please note that 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.

Finalists in the community newspaper, radio news or current affairs and open television over five minutes runtime are now listed below. We also amended several listings to correct typos and incorrect attributions—our apologies to those whose listings were incorrect.

The finalists in the OPEN NEWSPAPER / WIRE SERVICE category are:

Andrew McIntosh, Kinia Adamczyk
Le Vieux Port en Eaux Troubles: Dépenses, Voyages, Repas, Contrats
Agence QMI

Stephen Maher, Glen McGregor
Dirty election tricks revealed
Postmedia News

Colin Perkel
Sunnybrook Veterans’ Centre
The Canadian Press

Robert Cribb
Life or death: Who decides?
Toronto Star

The finalists in the COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER category are:

Heather Rivers
The sad truth: Prescription drug abuse
Sentinel-Review – Woodstock, Ont.

Tim Bousquet
A trust betrayed
The Coast – Halifax, NS

Susan Gamble
The Chinging Cycle
The Expositor – Brantford, Ont.

David P. Ball
Activism is in the blood, says tar sands warrior
Windspeaker

The finalists in the MAGAZINE category are:

Alex Roslin
Japan’s irradiated fish worry B.C. experts
The Georgia Straight

Corinne Cécilia
Une âme universelle
Maison et Demeure

Alison Motluk
Is egg donation dangerous?
Maisonneuve Magazine

Frances Bula
The Tipping Point
Vancouver Magazine

The finalists in the OPEN TELEVISION (UNDER FIVE MINUTES RUNTIME) category are:

Rob Smith
Elder suicide
APTN National News

Joanne Levasseur, Gosia Sawicka, Leif Larsen
Winnipeg thermography clinic ordered to stop operating
CBC News – Manitoba

Natalie Clancy
Bogus Botox
CBC News – Vancouver

Robert Fife, Philip Ling
XL Foods investigation
CTV News

The finalists in the OPEN TELEVISION (OVER FIVE MINUTES RUNTIME) category are:

Gil Shochat, Alex Shprinsten, Joseph Loiero
Fatal Deception
CBC News – Investigative Unit

Andeas Wesley, Erica Johnson, Marlene McArdle, Alan Jones
What FX?
CBC News – Marketplace

Litsa Sourtzis, Sandie Rinaldo, Melissa Martin
Senior’s Moments
CTV – W5

Alain Gravel, Emmanuel Marchand, Daniel Tremblay
Ma Mafia au Canada
Radio-Canada – Enquête

The finalists in the REGIONAL TELEVISION category are:

Anthony Germain, Gary Quigley, Marilyn Boone, Heather Barrett, Peter Gullage, Bernice Hillier
A story of survival
CBC News – Newfoundland and Labrador

John Lancaster, Anu Singh
Murder of Dr. Goel
CBC News – Toronto

Melissa Brousseau
Breaking the mold
CBC North – Maamuitaau

The finalists in the OPEN RADIO NEWS OR CURRENT AFFAIRS category are:

Peter Cowan
Peter Penashue election spending problems
CBC News – Newfoundland and Labrador

Nancy Thomson
Yukon foreign workers
CBC North

Alison Motluk
Wanted: Egg donor in good health
CBC Radio – The Sunday Edition

Nicole Ireland
Citizenship: On hold
CBC News – Thunder Bay

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

Leslie Young, Jackson Proskow
Gardiner Expressway – Trouble overhead
Global News

Steve Buist
Condition critical
Hamilton Spectator

Jeff Outhit
Red alert / Cameras about safety not cash, politicians say
Waterloo Region Record

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Larry Wong
Portfolio
Edmonton Journal

Darryl Dyck
Portfolio
Freelance / The Canadian Press

Peter Power
Portfolio
Globe and Mail

Steve Russell
Portfolio
Toronto Star

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Nigel Newlove
Deleted Blackberry messages
APTN  National News

Amy Stoodley, Kathy Porter, Rob Antle, Jen White, Paul Pickett
Thermography investigation
CBC News – Newfoundland and Labrador

Margaret Munro
Scientist muzzled, report says
Postmedia News

Jim Bronskill
Canada’s torture memos
The Canadian Press

Steve Rennie
Sky’s the limit? Report alleges nursing station used medical flights to shop
The Canadian Press

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

Mark Gollom
Israel and Hamas, the diplomatic dance behind the deal
CBCNews.ca

Nancy Waugh
Teen in chains
CBC News – Nova Scotia

John Lancaster, Christopher Williams
Caught on tape
CBC News – Toronto

Kim Bolan
Brazen killing may be gang retaliation / Sandip Duhre was shot to death
Vancouver Sun

The finalists in the PRINT FEATURE category are:

Sharon Kirkey
When the hurting won’t stop: How chronic physical pain drove a teen to take his life
Postmedia News

Jon Wells
He sang with all his heart
Hamilton Spectator

Dawn Walton
A father’s one-on-one with his son’s kidnapper
The Globe and Mail

Cheryl Rossi
Liquor lifeline
Vancouver Courier

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

Diana Swain, Timothy Sawa, Annie Burns-Pieper
Unnatural selection
CBC News – Investigative team

Geoff Leo
Blind spot: What happened to Canada’s Aboriginal fathers?
CBC News Network

Nahlah Ayed, Diane Grant
Seeking safety
CBC News – The National

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

Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen, Enda Brophy
Interns, unite! (you have nothing to lose – literally)
Briarpatch

Lysanne Louter, Adrienne Arsenault
A murky world
CBC News – The National

Kathryn May
Unions see a war coming in shifting political landscape
Ottawa Citizen

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

Amar Shah, Derrick DeBolster
Voter apathy in Ontario
RogersTV London, Ont. / Fanshawe College

Carly Wignes
Treaty Troubles
TheTyee.ca / Langara College

Marc Ellison
The Girls of War
Toronto Star / Carleton University

Andrew Pickup, Gena Holley, Kate McKenna, Rachel Ward, Blair Barrington, Jennifer MacNeil, Molly Gibson-Kirby, Ernie Robinson, Matt Mabee, Emma Lavender, Aaron MacDonald, Troy Power, Matt Jamieson, Connor Balcome, Jon Bolduc, Kendra Lovegrove, Mackenzie Scrimshaw, Alison Chiang, Becky Dingwell, Keili Bartlett, Chelsea Gutzman, Philippa Wolff and others
HRMVotes.ca
University of King’s College / 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 177 entries for the 2012 awards program.

Congratulations to all our finalists. Your work has been outstanding and we thank you for entering. We hope to see you in Ottawa.

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