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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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On the record: Is it really informed consent without discussion of consequences?

Panel members: Meredith Levine (CHAIR), Kathy English, Esther Enkin and Julian Sher

A release goes out about a major new study linking increased reported cases of depression in young men to online gaming. A newsroom editor assigns a reporter with the command: “Get me a depressed gamer.” The reporter does indeed find a young man through connections, sends him a text identifying her and her news organization and requesting an interview. He agrees to tell his story. The day after the piece is posted online and sent out on Twitter, the young man is called into his boss’s office at the company where he’s worked for five years as a security guard. His depression makes him a liability on the job, he’s told as he’s handed a pink slip. The young man did not anticipate his conversation with the reporter could have negative consequences.

This is a hypothetical but plausible story that raises many tough questions about consent transactions between journalists and non-expert subjects.

That’s what the CAJ advisory committee discovered when we landed on the issue of informed consent, or, more specifically, on the methods journalists use to gain consent from their subjects and sources, especially those who are vulnerable and/or marginalized. We were caught between two really important competing values – serving the public interest and minimizing harm. Consent protocols felt like a rabbit hole that could undermine our ability to tell important stories.

Four panel members volunteered to take on the issue: Meredith Levine, a Western University journalism professor whose thesis focused on the issue- and three leading minds from the front lines of journalism practice  – Toronto Star Public Editor Kathy English, CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin and Julian Sher, Senior Producer for CBC’s the Fifth Estate.  

We began the discussion by posing five questions:

  1. Does current media law on consent offer enough protection to subjects and sources?
  2. How big a risk is there for bad things to happen to people because they are interviewed by journalists?
  3. When it comes to vulnerable people, should journalists expand their role beyond public information provider to be advocate or caretaker?
  4. How should we balance the principle of serving the public with the idea of minimizing the harm we impose particularly on vulnerable and marginalized subjects?
  5. What proposals can we offer for doing a better job of consent with vulnerable and marginalized subjects?

As is perhaps to be expected, when views diverged, opinion split between the practitioners on one side and the educator on the other.  As we explored further, though, the conversation began to shift. We read through and debated a set of arguments supporting strengthened consent protocols provided by Meredith Levine. And as journalists and citizens, we witnessed the increasingly horrific impact of social media bullying on young people. As a result, several members came to recognize that the simple construction of public interest on the one side and the needs of subjects and sources on the other failed to satisfactorily address the risk of harm participating in journalism stories may pose for inexperienced and vulnerable sources.

We remain committed to serving the public interest, but we have come to recognize the need to be mindful in our approach to sources, and that in an environment where every action and utterance can be magnified through social media, we must think about sources in a different way.  The dialogue you are going to read here is an attempt to find a way that honours the value of public interest but is mindful of the potential harm.

Introduction to dialogue on consent            

Under Canadian law the only information a reporter must disclose to a subject or source in order to obtain legal consent to conduct an interview and publish its contents is the reporter’s name and that of their employer. This meagre consent requirement is not only legal but ethical according to the established norms of journalism practice which uphold a prima facie duty to the public interest. As the American journalism scholars Philip Seib and Kathy Fitzpatrick argue, “To whom does a journalist owe his or her principal loyalty – source or public? Remove sympathy and the answer is easy: the public.” That’s a fair ethical standard when dealing with a media-seasoned public figure who understands what’s at stake before she opens her mouth, or presses send on an email or text. But does it need to be applied with more care and consideration when dealing with inexperienced, particularly vulnerable or marginalized (i.e. those without power or protection) members of society?

This question is being posed for one simple reason: sharing information with a reporter is not a risk free act. There is a range of potential consequences for subjects and sources. Not all of them are bad. Stories of personal struggle can lead to offers of financial aid and other kinds of help, support and attention.  But negative things can happen too after these stories are published.

Subjects can end up feeling mild “source remorse” on seeing their words and life made public, or a stronger sense of public humiliation. More seriously, they could, as in the hypothetical scenario, lose their job, or get cut off from their insurance, experience strain on personal relationships and/or mental health problems.

In the online universe, the source may be subjected to ridicule or hostility in the comments that follow an online story or within social media.

Journalists with a few years of practice under their belt are indeed aware of the potential pitfalls associated with publicizing private information.  Not every possible consequence can be anticipated or foreseen, but journalists often know more about these risks than do inexperienced subjects and sources. Yet we usually refrain from sharing this information. Yes, all of us – including subjects and sources – live in an age of social media, but most of us haven’t experienced firsthand a Facebook or Twitter flame-out.

Below is a discussion of this issue that offers some significant difference in perspective.

1. Does current media law on consent offer enough protection to subjects and sources?

Response from English, Enkin and Sher

We believe journalists must take every step to respect our sources and our interview subjects, but we see legal minefields here in any requirement that goes beyond identifying ourselves as journalists.

We believe this requirement is sufficient in that subjects are clearly informed that they are talking to a journalist. ‍It presumes that subjects have free will in deciding whether to open themselves to a journalist’s request for information. When they are adults, interview subjects and sources can make their own decisions once informed of what we are doing.

Response from Levine

I agree with English, Enkin and Sher that the law is the wrong place to address the issue of subject consent in journalism. But I strongly reject the claim that current legal requirements adequately deal with the issue.  Consenting to an interview with little information beyond the name of the reporter and their employer should not be characterized as making an informed decision, or as an exercise of free will.

Just because sources know they are talking to a reporter doesn’t mean they understand that what they say could be published. Journalists know this is the way the game is played, but this isn’t necessarily the case for the average citizen.

How many Canadians even know what the term “on the record” means?

My Western journalism colleague, Paul Benedetti, worked for many years as a reporter with the Hamilton Spectator. He recalls that there were many times when reporting on a story, he’d call someone up, identify himself as a reporter with the Spec and start asking questions which were gladly answered. But at some point during the interview it would become apparent that the subject/source didn’t understand that what they were saying could end up in the paper. They just thought they were having a chat with a nice person. This led Benedetti to alter his consent transactions to ensure the subjects/sources knew they could be quoted.

Response from English, Enkin and Sher

We agree with Levine – reporters should make it very clear that they are talking to someone for publication in a paper or online, and what the interviewee is saying may be used. But if you are working in audio and/or video, it is pretty clear that an interview is being recorded.

Regardless of the medium, providing the broad context of the piece you are working on and how this person fits into the story is good practice. It is also good practice to ensure that people understand that what they say will not subsequently be unpublished if they come to have second thoughts about what they reveal to a reporter.

We commend the approach of Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg. In his 2013 book, You were Never in ChicagoSteinberg describes “The Speech” – “a little preliminary warning I deliver to people who might not be fully cognizant, who might not be factoring in all the consequences of publicity.”

Here is Steinberg’s “speech”: “You understand I write for a newspaper. That I’m talking to you because I’m going to put what you say into an article, which will appear in the newspaper, which people will then read.”

Response from Levine

I’m pleased that the gap between us is narrowing on this question. I think Steinberg’s speech moves the consent conversation in the right direction, but it doesn’t quite go far enough.

Before I get to “the speech,” though, I have to challenge your argument about audio and video consent. More and more these interviews are recorded on mobile, multi-use devices. How would the inexperienced subject know that the smartphone sitting on a stand next to the reporter is recording the conversation and that the reporter plans to use the material in a story … that is, unless they were told so by the reporter?

Now back to Steinberg’s interview speech, free will and informed consent.

Even if subjects understand that they are being interviewed for publication (in any form), this doesn’t mean, despite what Steinberg claims, that they are then “fully cognizant” of “all the consequences of publicity.” His speech merely describes the nature of the proposed transaction – an interview for public consumption – but says nothing about   the potential impact on the subject’s life when the content of the interview becomes public, that is, it says nothing about consequences. Making a decision about giving an interview without being provided information about potential consequences cannot be characterized as anything other than acting blindly. That’s why in health care, consent without discussion of potential consequences is considered invalid, as failing to meet the standards of informed consent.

2. How big a risk is there for bad things to happen to people because they are interviewed by journalists?

Response from English, Enkin and Sher

In each of our more than three decades of experience, we have found the most serious consequences for sources to be a rare occurrence. While “source remorse” is indeed something most journalists are familiar with, serious life and death implications are not the norm, even for investigative journalists breaking stories of serious public interest.

Response from Levine

The truth is we don’t really know how often and to what degree bad things happen to journalism subjects because of participation in media stories. It is not standard practice to have ongoing contact with sources and subjects; the relationship usually ends once a story is published. I agree that the chances of a subject committing suicide over an encounter with a journalist are low, but there is research out there that indicates that disclosure of personal information by the media has been a factor in some suicides.* From this and other research and from conversations with journalists, media ombudspeople and public editors, it is clear that bad things do happen to journalism subjects and some of the consequences, like job loss or insurance loss, are both unanticipated and pretty significant.

Response from English, Enkin and Sher

While it’s fair to say journalists do have little interaction with sources following publication of their stories, and likely can’t know the full extent of consequences, we believe if something of consequence happened soon after publication, the reporter and/or news organization would likely know. Sources do contact reporters or public editors/ombudsmen if there is an issue of concern.

And we would further ask – how can we be certain of the cause and effect between publication of the article and the source’s complaint or concern?

3. When it comes to vulnerable people, should journalists expand their role beyond public information provider to be advocate or caretaker?

Response from Levine

Journalists shouldn’t transform themselves into social workers, risk experts or advocates for anyone. Our duty is to inform people, not to take care of them. Or to make decisions for them. But this duty to inform must extend to our subjects. They too are members of the public in need of information – in this case information from us about the possible impact of communicating with a journalist.

Response from English, Enkin and Sher

Journalists are not social workers. Our overriding duty is to the public and the public interest. It is of course important to think about the impact of our work on our sources but each situation will determine a unique answer. There cannot be a blanket solution.

4. How then do we balance the principle of serving the public with the idea of minimizing the harm we impose particularly on vulnerable and marginalized subjects?

Response from Levine

Let’s be clear: However murky and convenient is this notion of public interest or public good, it is still a vital principle, and not one that should be undermined. Yet, as Harvard philosopher Sissela Bok argues, the public’s right to know, or serving the public interest, is often used as code “… to create a self-evident legitimacy which is not borne out by rigorous argument.” Many journalism stories that use inexperienced and/or vulnerable subjects could still be told – the necessary information could still get out to the public – by using experts and advocates instead.

The real tension here, then, is not so much between duty to the public interest and duty to the subject, but between the vulnerable subject and good old storytelling. An expert or advocate, no matter how well-versed in an issue, generally does not provide the same opportunities for compelling content – get out your hanky, audience glued to their sets or to their newspapers variety – as do first-person narratives.

There is an absence of evidence that better informing subjects and sources will their reduce participation rates in media stories. Subjects might willingly expose themselves to a range of harms for a variety of complex reasons: to educate the public, to put pressure on a government about a particular policy, to get attention, to feel valued and so on.

Informed consent was imposed a few decades ago, despite much bitter resistance, on the work of anthropologists and sociologists. Follow-up research has demonstrated, though, that using informed consent protocols to recruit subjects did not lead to a decline in participation rates.

Response from English, Enkin and Sher

There are practical problems about how far journalists should go in informing sources of possible risks of talking to them. Where would journalists draw the line? What is the threshold for explaining consequences: that any interview might result in someone flaming someone in the comments section, or attract nasty tweets? What constitutes harm, and how can a journalist be responsible for determining that?

It would be disingenuous to suggest all journalists display sensitivity to their sources. Certainly, a great range of beliefs and behaviours toward sources exists among journalists and the news organizations they work within. Many journalists have been trained to believe that whatever any source says is fair game for publication or broadcast and give little thought to any consequences for sources.

In her 1990 book, The Journalist and the Murderer, writer Janet Malcolm provoked much anger and sparked widespread discussion among journalists for characterizing the journalist/source relationship as one of journalistic deception.

“Every journalist who is not too stupid or full of himself to notice what is going on knows what he does is morally indefensible,” she wrote. “He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people’s vanity, ignorance or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.”

Referring to Malcolm’s thesis in his 1996 book, News Values, then Chicago Tribune publisher Jack Fuller argued that expectations are key to the ethics of the journalist/source relationship. “Both individuals go into the relationship with eyes open. Each has reason to respect and suspect the other. And each has reason to understand the nature of the game.”

Fuller made an important ethical distinction for journalists in how they deal with vulnerable people, not used to the media. “It is a different matter when the reporter deals with somebody who is unsophisticated, immature or otherwise vulnerable, or who does not understand the game,” he wrote.

And similarly Robert J. Haiman in his 1999 report, “Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists” for the Freedom Forum Free Press/Fair Press Project, stated that “as a best practice, the news staff should consider whether it is fair to behave differently when questioning ordinary citizens unaccustomed to being interviewed than with people experienced and knowledgeable about the press.”

Empathy and sensitivity to sources has long been a journalistic value. Indeed we see this issue as central to journalistic fairness. And certainly all journalists have a duty to be fair. But determining how to be fair in gathering and presenting the news – to sources and to the public – remains a matter of journalistic judgment for individual journalists and their news organizations with the full understanding that any such judgments have an impact on the credibility of journalists and their organizations.

Response from Levine

Journalists and their editors engage in calculations almost daily on the issue of subject harm. Decisions are constantly made in newsrooms about whether or not to publish information that may be upsetting or embarrassing to a source or subject, or potentially hurt them in some other way (risk of arrest, for example). And the measure is usually whether or not this information is in the public interest.

As my colleagues acknowledge, it is the journalists and their organizations that are defining, on a story by story basis, just what is this public interest that is said to be at stake. Given that we live in a complex society with many publics and many competing interests, how is it that journalists and their editors are left to determine among themselves what is, and what is not, in the public interest, and whether or not the information they would like to publish justifies imposing harm on subjects and sources? What particular skills and societal authority allow journalists to make these decisions competently and in a manner that reflects an attempt to harmonize many competing needs and values?

5. OK, we can’t solve this. What do you propose we do?

Response from English, Enkin and Sher

This is an important discussion for journalists and critical to questions of journalism’s credibility. We hope it leads to more individual and institutional thought and serious questioning about the values and norms regarding journalists and their sources, especially in regard to vulnerable subjects and those who have little experience with the media. At a minimum, news organizations should have a working understanding or definition of who “vulnerable” subjects are, and whether there are steps that should be considered before publicly identifying him or her and all of the information revealed to the journalist.

We recommend that news organizations take the time to deliberate on these questions and develop some guidelines and training for their news staff. As part of ethics courses in journalism school, it would be worthwhile to focus on this issue and the value of empathy in the relationships between journalists and vulnerable sources.

While we would resist any attempt to strengthen consent protocols in any formal manner implied by a “duty to inform,” we believe some questions are worth exploring by journalists and their news organizations.

  • Do we need to be more explicit to ensure sources understand they are on the record, i.e. what they say can be used?
  • Is there a way that we can strengthen consent guidelines without choking journalism practice?
  • Can we identify vulnerable sources who may merit different treatment? What are the criteria?

Response from Levine

I think these are excellent suggestions and questions, and despite the protestations of my colleagues, I do in fact believe, if seriously taken up by media organizations, they will lead to strengthened consent protocols. I’m not suggesting any of this will be simple or easy. The rapid pace of the news cycle, and the increased time pressures on reporters created by polypublishing, will often foreclose on opportunities for genuine dialogue with potential subjects and sources about potential consequences.

But if we limited our discussion of consequences to inexperienced subjects who journalists can reasonably perceive as at risk of significant harm, limited the process to verbal consent (journalists should be recording their interviews), and limited the time frame for decision-making, we just might be able to move our consent transactions in a more ethically supportable direction.

The truth is that journalists do engage in discussions about consequences with potential subjects and sources all the time, but we tend to keep those conversations focused on the potentially positive things that might happen for subjects if they participate in our media story.  Perhaps the time has come to include acknowledgment, in the limited circumstances outlined above, of not only the potential benefits of sharing their information, but also some of the potential risks.

Over two decades ago, the Danish Press Council interpreted the language of that country’s Media Liability Act to include the following directive: “Other people’s confidence must not be abused. Special regard should be paid to persons who cannot be expected to realize the effects of their statements. Other people’s feelings, ignorance or failing self-control should not be abused.”

According to follow-up research, since introducing this language there has been no deleterious restriction of press freedoms. If anything, public confidence in journalists acting ethically has increased.

6. Final thoughts?

Response from Levine

John Stuart Mill described the public in a democracy is an aggregate of individuals, each possessing certain inalienable rights, such as freedom from coercion, tyranny and censorship. Key to the enjoyment of these basic freedoms was the right to be informed. Mill entrusted this key function of liberal democracy to journalism, which he felt should strive to provide all individuals with a full range of information, opinion and debate on issues vital to their well-being.

Today’s journalists and their employers continue to echo Mill; the mission statements and guidelines from many media outlets describe their role as society’s watchdogs, informing and educating the public. But if enabling public access to information is a core claim of journalism, how do we justify potentially undermining it when it comes to our relationships with inexperienced subjects and sources?

An obligation to inform inexperienced subjects about possible consequences should not be viewed as in opposition to the public interest, or more specifically to truth, accuracy and fairness; instead, it should be seen as operating in service of these same goals. Failing to disclose to a potential subject possible consequences of which a journalist is aware is failing to uphold the truth, to uphold accuracy, to uphold fairness and to uphold the public good. It is logically and ethically inconsistent (not to mention hypocritical) to withhold information, foreclose choice, undermine autonomy, etc. of subjects in the name of serving the public interest.

Finally, participating in a conversation about consequences not only protects subjects, it also protects journalists from unintentionally deceiving their subjects; holding back important information is deception.

Response from English, Enkin and Sher

As Fuller tells us in News Values: “The crucial thing for journalists is to recognize that their trade does not exempt them from the basic moral imperatives that guide all other human relationships …

“Pursuit of truth is not a licence to be a jerk.”

When dealing with traumatized or vulnerable people, it calls for a greater sensitivity and some reflection on whether the consent is truly informed and thought out. Like many journalistic endeavours, there are competing values. It is important to think it through in each case.

For example, Jean Rafferty’s excellent essay in Researchers and Their ‘Subjects’:  Ethics, Power, Knowledge and Consent. Or the more recent example of the suicide of transgendered golf club and con artist inventor who lied about who was outed a Grantland article.

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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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Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 CAJ Awards!

TORONTO, April 28, 2012 /CNW/ – A reporting team from the Hamilton Spectator has won Canada’s top investigative reporting award for the second year in a row.

Steve Buist and Teri Pecoskie won the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Don McGillivray Award for their series titled, “BORN: A Code Red Project.” It examined reams of public data on pregnancy and births and turned them into compelling articles, pictures and online content on just how well – or not – mothers and their children are faring across Ontario.

The duo were among 16 awards presented at the annual CAJ awards gala.

The recipient in most categories received a $500 cash prize. They were announced Saturday, at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Toronto, part of the 2012 CAJ conference at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

The liveblog replay of the awards ceremony is available here.

Winning entries were presented by Global National anchor and executive editor Dawna Friesen who was the evening’s MC. The inaugural jhr / CAJ Human Rights Reporting Award and the inaugural CWA Canada / CAJ Labour Reporting Award were also presented with thanks to each award’s sponsoring partner.

The winner of the CWA Canada / CAJ Labour Reporting Award won $1,000 cash prize. The winner of the jhr / CAJ Human Rights Reporting Award won a $500 cash prize and will travel with jhr to one of its African project sites in the coming year. She will also be invited to the 2013 CAJ conference to share her experiences.

The Don McGillivray Award for the best ‘overall’ investigative report for 2011 was judged from the winners of the open newspaper / wire, community newspaper, open television (under 5 minutes), open television (over 5 minutes), magazine, open radio news / current affairs, regional television and CAJ / Marketwire CAR categories.

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.

Investigative categories:

The winners in the OPEN TELEVISON (less than 5 minutes) category are:
Jorge Barrera and Kenneth Jackson
Barrera Carsons
APTN National News

The winners in the OPEN NEWSPAPER category are:

Steve Buist, Teri Pecoskie
Born: A Code Red project
Hamilton Spectator
 

The winner in the COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER category is:

Steve Bonspiel
Local tobacco giant busted
The Eastern Door (Khanawake)

The winner in the OPEN TELEVISION (greater than 5 minutes) category is:

Timothy Sawa, Diana Swain, Angela Gilbert
Scout’s Honour
CBC – the fifth estate

The winner in the MAGAZINE category is:

Selena Ross
Getting Plowed
Maisonneuve Magazine

The winners in the REGIONAL TELEVISON category are:

Charles Rusnell, Grant Gelinas
Pork barrel politics
CBC Edmonton

The winners in the OPEN RADIO NEWS/CURRENT AFFAIRS category are:

Charles Rusnell, Grant Gelinas
Crown conduct
CBC Edmonton

The winners in the CAJ/Marketwire COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING (CAR) category are:

Andrew McIntosh, Kinia Adamczyk
On mange bien à Terrebonne
QMI Agency

Excellence in journalism categories

The winner in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category is:

Kim Bolan
Bacon brother shot dead in Kelowna
Vancouver Sun

The winner in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category is:

Steve Russell
Portfolio entry
Toronto Star

The winner in the PRINT FEATURE category is:

Andrew Stobo Sniderman
Residential schools: Survivors share the pain
Montreal Gazette

The winners in the SCOOP category are:

Natalie Clancy and Manjula Dufresne
Broken Mounties
CBC Vancouver

The winner for the inaugural jhr / CAJ AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTING is:

Alison Crawford
The eyes of Rosa and Antonio
CBC Radio One – Dispatches

The winner for the inaugural CWA CANADA / CAJ LABOUR REPORTING AWARD is:

Rachel Mendleson
Income inequality and the decline of unions
Huffington Post Canada

The winner for the CAJ/CNW STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE is:

Matt DiMera
Dismissed! Student association settles RAF lawsuit
The Runner, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, B.C.

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 of 107 journalists (individuals or team) who submitted a total of 126 entries for the 2011 awards program.

Congratulations to all our winners. Your work has been outstanding, inspiring and we thank you for entering.

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Congratulations to the 2011 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWAMarch 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce all of the finalists for its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada for 2011.

The winning entry in most categories will receive a $500 cash prize. The winners in each category will be announced April 28, 2012, at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Toronto, part of the 2012 CAJ conference at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

We are thrilled that Global National anchor and executive editor Dawna Friesen will be the evening's MC. Information on tickets is available as part of the conference registration pageEarly bird rates for the conference end on April 5—that's only a week away!

The Don McGillivray Award for the best 'overall' investigative report for 2011, judged from the winners of the open newspaper / wire, community newspaper, open television (under 5 minutes), open television (over 5 minutes), magazine, open radio news / current affairs, regional television and CAJ / Marketwire CAR categories, 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.

The finalists in the final group of categories are below, followed by finalists in the categories previously announced on March 27.

The finalists in the OPEN TELEVISON (less than 5 minutes) category are:

Jorge Barrera and Kenneth Jackson
Barrera Carsons
APTN National News

Alex FreedmanJoanne Levasseur, Vera-Lynn Kubinec
Pesticides found in Canadian organic produce
CBC Manitoba

Janis Mackey Frayer
Bodies discovered
CTV News

The finalists in the OPEN NEWSPAPER category are:

Steve Buist, Teri Pecoskie
Born: A Code Red project
Hamilton Spectator

Jon Wells
Darkness on Indian Trail
Hamilton Spectator

Margaret Munro
Feds muzzle scientist over salmon study
Postmedia News - Vancouver

Moira Welsh, Jesse McLean, Andrew Bailey
Abuse in nursing homes
Toronto Star

Larry Pynn
In the wake of a plague
Vancouver Sun

The finalists in the COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER category are:

Steve Bonspiel
Local tobacco giant busted
The Eastern Door (Khanawake)

Tim Petruk
28 seconds: Inside the shooting death of Wilbert Bartley
Kamloops This Week

Heather Rivers
Foster children: In their own words
Sentinel-Review (Woodstock, Ont.)

David P. Ball
'Getting into bed' with police risky for queer community, activists say
Xtra!

Cheryl Rossi
Wild life lessons
Vancouver Courier

The finalists in the OPEN TELEVISION (greater than 5 minutes) category are:

Kathleen Martens
Residential school lawyers
APTN Investigates

Timothy Sawa
Scout's Honour
CBC - the fifth estate

Greg Sadler
Cure or con?
CBC - Marketplace

Adrienne Arsenault
Mexico's deadly explosion
CBC - The National

Robert Osborne, Victor Malarek, Patti-Ann Finlay
Above the law
CTV W5

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

Bob Keating
Cameras in trees
CBC Radio - Nelson, B.C.

Rob Brown
Stanley Cup riot
CTV - BC

Kim Bolan
Bacon brother shot dead in Kelowna
Vancouver Sun

Finalists in the following categories were previously announced on March 27.

The finalists in the MAGAZINE category are:

Corinne Cécilia
Quand education rime avec protection
Education Canada

Alex Roslin
Portfolio entry
Georgia Straight

Selena Ross
Getting Plowed
Maisonneuve Magazine

The finalists in the REGIONAL TELEVISON category are:

Charles Rusnell, Grant Gelinas
Pork barrel politics
CBC Edmonton

John Lancaster
Throwaway buildings
CBC Toronto

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

Charles Rusnell, Grant Gelinas
Crown conduct
CBC Edmonton

Gillian Findlay, Chris Wodskou, Aaron Brindle
Remy's wake
CBC Radio One - The Current

The finalists in the CAJ/Marketwire COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING (CAR) category are:

Glen McGregor
OC Transpo's waiting game
Ottawa Citizen

Andrew McIntosh, Kinia Adamczyk
On mange bien à Terrebonne
QMI Agency

Lily SangsterEzra BlackDane ButlerBrittney Teasdale, Alex Boates, Schenley Brown, Andrei Dezsi, Corbett Hancey, Patrick Odell, Tim van der Kooi, Geoff Bird, Fred Vallance-Jones
902911
University of King's College / The Coast

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Darryl Dyck
Portfolio entry
The Canadian Press

Larry Wong
Portfolio entry
Edmonton Journal

Rick Madonik
Portfolio entry
Toronto Star

Steve Russell
Portfolio entry
Toronto Star

Joe Bryksa
Portfolio entry
Winnipeg Free Press

The finalists in the PRINT FEATURE category are:

Andrew Stobo Sniderman
Residential schools: Survivors share the pain
Montreal Gazette

Sarah Schmidt
Energy drinks
Postmedia News

Michelle Shephard
Somalia: Where famine is a crime
Toronto Star

Mary Agnes Welch
Sniff: Life at rock bottom
Winnipeg Free Press

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Tiar Wilson
Fire Story
APTN National News

Natalie Clancy and Manjula Dufresne
Broken Mounties
CBC Vancouver

Ian MacLeod
Toxic Legacy
Ottawa Citizen

Gagandeep Ghuman
Dike seepage finally gets $90,000
The Squamish Reporter

Kim Bolan
Wanted gang killer slips into B.C.
The Vancouver Sun

The finalists for the inaugural jhr / CAJ AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTING are:

Steven Rennie
Kandahar school numbers don't add up
The Canadian Press

Alison Crawford
The eyes of Rosa and Antonio
CBC Radio One - Dispatches

David Gutnick
The Gristle in the Stew
CBC Radio One - Sunday Edition

The finalists for the inaugural CWA CANADA / CAJ LABOUR REPORTING AWARD are:

Kim Johnson, producer
Perks of living in a union town
CBC Windsor

Steve Buist
Ghosts at the gate
Hamilton Spectator

Rachel Mendleson
Income inequality and the decline of unions
Huffington Post Canada

Nicholas Hune-Brown
The housekeepers revolt
Toronto Life Magazine

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

Adela TalbotLauren Pelley, Sean Leathong, Heather Young, Jared Lindzon, Nicole CaseAngela Richardson, Alex Ballingall, Fan-Yee Suen, Trevor MelansonBrian MoskowitzBethany Cairns, Edward von Aderkas, Mariam AhmedStefanie Masotti, Alineh Haindrey
A Good Death: Palliative care in Canada
CBC.ca / University of Western Ontario

Matt DiMera
Dismissed! Student association settles RAF lawsuit
The Runner, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, B.C.

Dylan C. Robertson
No place like home?
The Varsity, University of Toronto

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 of 107 journalists (individuals or team) who submitted a total of 126 entries for the 2011 awards program.

Congratulations to all our finalists. Your work has been outstanding and we thank you for entering. We hope that you are able to attend this year's CAJ conference and/or awards gala to be held at the Fairmont Royal York April 27-29.

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