Awards

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

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

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

To go straight to the submission portal, click here.

Congratulations to the 2016 CAJ Awards finalists!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The finalists in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

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

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

Steven Chase, Robert Fife
Party fundraising
The Globe and Mail

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

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

The finalists in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

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

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

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Cullen Crozier
Forgotten Survivors
APTN Investigates

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

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

Team entry
Salute
Huffington Post / AOL Canada

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

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Trina Roache, James Robinson
Black Tickle
APTN National News

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

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

Jill Macyshon
Sandy Bay Housing
CTV News

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

The finalists in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

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

James Evans
Fort McMurray Strong
CBC Radio One – Edmonton

Abigail Bimman
Unregistered nurse
CTV News Kitchener

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

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

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

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

Joanna Frketich
Danger Zone
The Hamilton Spectator

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

The finalists in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Emma Loop
The Drone And the Damage Done
Buzzfeed News Canada

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

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

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

Mike De Souza
The Charest Affair
National Observer

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Nahlah Ayed
The Rescuers
CBC News

Rafferty Baker
2016 portfolio
CBC News – Vancouver

Larry Wong
2016 portfolio
Postmedia Network – Edmonton

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Willow Fidler
Police admit racism
APTN National News

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

Mercedes Stephenson
Suicide Bomber
CTV News

Colin Perkel
Canada plunging into elevator crisis
The Canadian Press

Joe Friesen
The death of Colten Boushie
The Globe and Mail

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

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

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

Susan Clairmont
Steadfast in their faith
The Hamilton Spectator

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

The finalists in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

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

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

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

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

Jon Wells
The forever girl
The Hamilton Spectator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Min Sook Lee
Migrant Dreams
TVO

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

Adam Marsh
The Educated Homeless
Camosun College / Nexus Newspaper

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information:

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

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

www.caj.ca | www.facebook.com/CdnAssocJournalists | www.twitter.com/CAJ

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Check out the latest Media Mag!

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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Call for entries for the 2016 CAJ Awards

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

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

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

Click here to submit an entry into the CAJ Awards.

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

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

The entry packages:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to all entrants!

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

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

Questions? Please contact the CAJ Awards committee.

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Edmonton journalist selected for Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellowship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABOUT CAJ:

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

For more information:

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

nick@caj.ca

ABOUT APTN:

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

For further information about APTN or image requests, contact:

Jacqueline Jubinville

Manager of Communications, APTN

(204) 947-9331, ext. 339

jjubinville@aptn.ca              

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CAJ Award categories

 

The Canadian Association of Journalists recognizes Canada’s best journalism in the following categories. If you have any questions about the awards, please contact the CAJ awards committee.

To go to the entry page, visit www.caj.ca/enterawards. For the rules of entry and other information, click here.

Categories

Investigative Journalism

These categories recognize journalism in a variety of media. Entries don’t have to be purely investigative to qualify; investigative entries are given added weight. Items based on the same body of research, regardless of which medium they were released in, can only be entered in one category. The recipient(s) of the Don McGillivray Award for Investigative Journalism is/are chosen from these categories.

Open media

Entries welcome for predominantly text-based pieces published in print or online, in any Canadian media outlet, regardless of publication frequency, circulation or audience reach. An entry is one piece or a series limited to five related pieces, published at any time in the preceding calendar year.

Community media

Entries welcome for predominantly text-based pieces published in print or online in any Canadian media outlet. Print entries limited to those media printed fewer than five times a week or with an average daily print circulation of under 25,000. Online-only entries not from a print newsroom must provide verifiable proof the website serves a regional or community audience. An entry is one piece or a series limited to five related pieces, published at any time in the preceding calendar year.

Open broadcast feature

Entries welcome for any piece with a runtime of over five minutes, predominantly audio and/or video, broadcast to an audience of any size over the air or online. An entry is one piece or a series limited to five related pieces, broadcast at any time in in the preceding calendar year.

Open broadcast news

Entries of any length welcome for any piece, predominantly audio and/or video, broadcast to an audience of any size over the air or online. These entries can be of any length—judges and the CAJ awards committee reserve the right to recommend entries with longer runtimes be moved into the Open broadcast feature category. An entry is one piece (single piece broadcast on a single day) or a series of no more than five related pieces, broadcast at any time in the preceding calendar year.

Community broadcast

Entries of any length welcome for any piece, predominantly audio and/or video, whose broadcast is targeted to a community or regional audience over the air or online. Over the air broadcast submissions must come from a local or regional station. Online entries not from a TV or radio broadcaster must provide verifiable proof the website is targeted at and serves a regional or community audience. An entry is one piece (single piece broadcast on a single day) or a series of no more than five related pieces, broadcast at any time in the preceding calendar year.

CAJ / Marketwired data journalism

Entries welcome from any media in any format published or broadcast in Canada where data journalism / CAR techniques played a key and indispensable part in developing the story. This category is meant to highlight the use of data journalism, but not at the expense of good journalism and good storytelling. An entry is one piece or a series limited to five related pieces— this count does not include any datasets published as part of the submitted items.

Online media

Entries welcome in any online-only format. No part of this entry can include any element that was published in print or broadcast on television or radio. Entries of online work that "wrap" around something that has been broadcast or published in print (for example, an "online extra" that was created to supplement a video documentary) are best entered in media or broadcast categories, with the online work as one of the permitted related items.

This really is a category to recognize work done by Canadian media exclusively for online, only available online. Entries limited to one URL or up to five related URLs, all posted in the 2016 calendar year.

General awards

The following categories recognize exemplary journalism as laid out below. The winning entries in each of these categories is not eligible for consideration for the Don McGillivray award.

Photojournalism

Entries welcome showcasing a portfolio of up to 20 photographs demonstrating journalistic vision, consistent quality and a reflection of the entrant’s professionalism and journalistic abilities. Photos (including soundslides or equivalent) must have been first published or broadcast by Canadian media (URL or other proof of publication required).

Scoop

Entries welcome from any media in any format published or broadcast in Canada that can show how it was the first to bring new or significant information to light of regional or national importance. Entry limited to a single piece published or broadcast on any single day in the preceding calendar year. A supporting letter with details on how the entry was a regional/national scoop is a required element of this category.

Daily excellence

Entries welcome from print, radio and television journalists for items published or broadcast in Canada demonstrating excellence in daily, deadline-driven reporting based on same-day research. We want to consider the result of a single day’s work where the research, interviews, writing, editing, etc. all took place on the same day. Entry limited to a single piece plus related element (ex: sidebar, online hit, etc.) published or broadcast on a single day in the preceding calendar year.

Text feature

Entries welcome for any primarily text-based article published in print or online in Canada that is not specifically investigative in nature. Entries limited to a single piece published on a single day in the preceding calendar year.

JHR / CAJ Award for Human Rights Reporting 

What is human rights reporting? This prize rewards journalism that puts a human face on situations where human rights are not respected and/or holds authorities to account to do a better job of protecting those rights. As a result, the story builds awareness of human rights and social justice issues, and shows the human impact and the human cost of abstract political and economic forces. To qualify, a story must also be international in scope. For examples of human rights reporting, visit www.jhr.ca/success/

Entries limited to a single piece, published or broadcast on a single day in the preceding calendar year.

CWA Canada / CAJ Award for Labour Reporting

What are labour issues? Judges will be instructed to reward those entries that effectively bring to the public’s attention important labour issues. The award seeks to honour journalism that goes beyond a work-to-rule, strike, lockout or other job action and shows skill in reporting on the social, economic and political factors that impact the labour environment in Canada. Entries showing impact on policy, law or public awareness are encouraged. This award is meant to recognize great journalism on labour issues that can make a difference in the lives of Canadians.

Does an entry have to be reporting on a union? No– judges are looking for the best journalism on labour issues. While Canada’s unions are integral to the labour movement, not all of the labour issues that are reported on in this country involve unions. It’s expected many entries will include the labour movement and unions, but this is not a requirement of the award.

Entries are encouraged in either official language. Entries are a single piece, published or broadcast on a single day in the preceding calendar year. Should the judges determine it appropriate, one award may be handed out for reporting done in English and another in French.

CAJ / CNW Group Student Award of Excellence

The award recognizes excellence in the field of journalism at the student level. Submissions will be accepted from all students enrolled (at the time of publication or broadcast) in an accredited degree/diploma program offered by a Canadian post-secondary institution. Feature-style entries are preferred, but any format or style permitted. Proof of enrolment and a cover letter speaking to the origins, difficulties and resulting change / impact / action must accompany entries. Entries will not be considered complete until these have been submitted. Entries may be a single piece, or series of up to five related pieces, published or broadcast at any time in the preceding calendar year.

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CAJ Awards – rules of entry and other important information

Entry procedures:

Entries must have been first published or broadcast in either official language by a Canadian-based media outlet within the previous calendar year. Entries welcomed from journalists working outside of Canada, provided the location of first broadcast / publication originated within Canada. Proof of publication / broadcast meeting these criteria, if not ascertainable from the entry itself, may be requested by the awards committee.

The CAJ Awards wants to recognize your best work and we acknowledge it can be challenging at times to pull out a few items from a body of work that includes many different elements. We hope the following criteria, in addition to what’s listed with each category, can be helpful in determining what is chosen for submission.

  • Entry composition is defined online for each category. Please do not overburden the judges with an unending entry. Careful consideration of which elements are included with an entry that effectively demonstrate your best work is encouraged.
  • Material produced from the same body of research cannot be submitted in multiple categories (ex: Same topic and sources feed items published in print and broadcast on television— only eligible for submission in one category). Entrants are encouraged to carefully weigh what they’ve produced and which elements most powerfully and effectively tell the story and submit the appropriate pieces into the suitable category.
  • No part of any entry can be submitted in another category. No part of any team entry can be submitted by an individual in the same or another category. Entrants are asked to carefully consider and weigh the categories before submitting.
  • NEW! A cover letter must be submitted with each entry. It should detail what circumstances led to the publication / broadcast of the story. It should also outline impact, change or action resulting from the publication and/or broadcast of the entry. It is useful to have information on the resources available to the journalist(s) completing the piece(s) submitted in the entry. Cover letters should not be endorsements or testimonials. Judges want to know how and why you did the work and its impact.
  • If submitting a team entry, please include the names of all those who were part of the team as part of your entry – if it was a large team, please submit the list separately from the entry if required. We will not recognize finalist team members whose names were not included when the team entry was finalized and submitted, so please ensure all those deserving of credit for the entry are listed on submission and payment.

Questions regarding these entry procedures can be submitted to the attention of the CAJ awards committee via e-mail.

Fees:

Fees remain unchanged. CAJ members (whether entering as individuals or as teams) continue to receive substantial discounts over non-members when entering the CAJ awards program. CAJ student members are eligible to submit in the student category at no cost. Become a member today!

Please note the fee structure (all fees include taxes):

  • Member fee – $30
  • Non-member fee – $110
  • Student award entries for CAJ student members – FREE
  • Student member entry fee, other categories – $25
  • Team entry where all are CAJ members – $60
  • Team entry including non-CAJ members – $200
  • Student team entries — please contact the awards committee
* Student award entries for non-members (from individuals) are not permitted. Student members are welcome to apply in other categories at the $25 or team rates. Students who are not members are encouraged to become members at a cost of $20.
 

Judging procedures:

At least one winning entry per category can be declared by the judges. Winning entries in the investigative categories are then passed on to the Don McGillivray Award judges, who decide the winner of this overall award. Judges may declare “no winner” for a category. If this occurs, no finalists in that category will be announced.

Judges use the same published criteria available to those who enter the awards along with the general criteria below to determine their ranking.

In those categories including French-language entries, the awards committee will assign a minimum of one bilingual or Francophone judge to the category. Judges selected and assigned by the awards committee are experienced journalists who are not eligible to compete in the category in which they are judging.

Recipients will be announced at the 2017 CAJ conference in Ottawa, April 28-29, 2017.

Judges are asked to consider the following:

  • Entries in investigative categories need not be purely investigative, however investigative entries are given added weight;
  • Original subjects and content matter;
  • Effective use of the medium—imagery, clarity, language and narrative;
  • The breadth and scope of the research undertaken, as well as how it was used within the entry;
  • Impact and timeliness;    
  • The degree of difficulty in research or production, resources available to the journalist / newsroom, time available for production and/or risk involved in getting the story;
  • In the photojournalism category, the objective is not to find the single best photo but the overall body of work submitted in the entry;
  • In the labour category, entries that go beyond a work-to-rule, strike, lockout or other job action to report on the broader social, economic and political impact on the labour movement and market will be given preference and added weight.

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 CAJ Awards!

EDMONTON, May 29, 2016 /CNW/ – In a year when Canada’s national media finally awoke to the tragedies of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the work by our national public broadcaster set the standard.

The CBC News Aboriginal team, supported by others across the CBC News team, are the recipients of the 2015 Don McGillivray Award, given to the top investigative entry into the annual CAJ Awards program at the gala which concluded #CAJ16 at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel.

The elements of the CBC’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women website were among the first to be published, told the stories of those affected in an impactful way and, somewhat sadly, led to the identification of even more Indigenous women as missing or murdered. McGillivray judges noted these elements in their deliberations, in a year when one of the other candidates for the top investigative award was also focused on MMIW.

CBC News’ entry had been named recipient of the Online Media category earlier on Saturday, one of 14 recipients recognized across the CAJ Awards program. The winning entries in most categories received a $500 cash prize.

The full list of 2015 CAJ Awards recipients is below.

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

The recipients in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

Andrew Bailey, David Bruser, Astrid Lange, Jim Rankin, Randy Risling, Joanna Smith, Rick Sznajder, Tanya Talaga, Jennifer Wells
Gone: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
The Toronto Star

The recipient in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category is:

Ian Hitchen
The Runaways
The Brandon Sun

The recipient in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category is:

Karin Wells
‘In the presence of a spoon’
CBC Radio One – The Sunday Edition

The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Anton Koschany, Victor Malarek, Sarah Stevens, Brett Mitchell
Phantom Menace
CTV – W5

The recipients in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

Natalie Clancy, Paisley Woodward
Real estate seminars exposed
CBC News – Vancouver

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

Diana Swain, Timothy Sawa, Lori Ward
Campus sexual assaults: The fight to get the real picture
CBC News Investigative Unit – CBC – The National

The recipients in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Cate Friesen, Cecil Rosner, Connie Walker, Duncan McCue, Tiar Wilson, Kimberly Ivany, Martha Troian, Chantelle Bellrichard, Joanne Levasseur,Teghan Beaudette, Kristy Hoffman, Donna Lee, Tara Lindemann, William Wolfe-Wylie, Richard Grasley, Michael Leschart, Michael Pereira
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
CBC News

The recipient in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category is:

John Lehmann
Portfolio entry
The Globe and Mail

The recipient in the SCOOP category is:

Bruce Cheadle
Omnibus budget bill rewrites history to clear RCMP of potential criminal charges
The Canadian Press

The recipient in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category is:

Margaret Evans
Paris Mourns
CBC Radio One – The World This Weekend

The recipient in the TEXT FEATURE category is:

Shannon Proudfoot
Jo has Alzheimer’s. He’s 38
Maclean’s

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

Dennis Ward, Murray Oliver
A soldier scorned
APTN Investigates

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

Melissa Ridgen
Hurting for work
APTN Investigates

and

Nick Purdon, Leonardo Palleja
Up close: Prison guards
CBC News – The National

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

Amara McLaughlin, Jesse Yardley
Risky decisions for Canadian cancer patients
Calgary Journal / Mount Royal University

There were a total 230 entries for the 2015 awards program.

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

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The latest winner of the CAJ Code of Silence: FinTRAC

EDMONTON, May 28, 2016 — The winner of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ most dubious award in 2016 is the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, the country’s little known “financial intelligence unit” that’s meant to, among other things, “facilitate the detection, prevention and deterrence of money laundering.”

Earlier this year, FinTRAC reportedly fined an undisclosed bank a total of $1.1 million for “failing to report a suspicious transaction and various money transfers”—but the agency, choosing to “exercise its discretion,” wouldn’t name the bank.

That secrecy made FinTRAC a natural choice for the CAJ’s annual Code of Silence Award, which is handed out (sic) to the government or publicly funded agency that works the hardest to hide public information.

“The penalty was designed to send a message of deterrence,” said the Toronto Star‘s Robert Cribb, a former CAJ president who wrote the agency’s nomination. Cribb added that declining to name the bank “dramatically softens that deterrence by shrouding the mystery bank’s conduct in secrecy.

“FinTRAC routinely identifies individuals and companies it takes action against. In fact, many are listed on the agency’s website,” Cribb continued. “A public watchdog agency hiding the identity of a bank found to have breached the public interest has earned the right to claim the Code of Silence Award.”

The CAJ agrees. This is the 16th year the organization has presented a Code of Silence.

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:

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

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CAJ marks 15 years of the Code of Silence Award

OTTAWA, April 20, 2016 /CNW/ - It's a tongue-in-cheek idea with serious overtones that was first presented 15 years ago – the Canadian Association of Journalists' Code of Silence.

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

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

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

Nominators are asked to think big and small – previous winners include the entire federal government, omnibus government legislation, a former prime minister's office and several government departments federally and provincially. They also include the Resort Municipality of Whistler and come from questions as simple as how many fish were being spawned at a federal facility – an answer shared with tour groups but not with an inquiring journalist before the spin masters were involved.

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

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

The winner will be announced during the closing banquet for the #CAJ16 conference at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel on May 28. Registration for the entire conference is open, with early bird rates ending May 20.

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Congratulations to all the 2015 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWA, April 7, 2016 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the finalists for its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada published or broadcast in 2015.

The winning entry in most categories will receive a $500 cash prize. The recipients in each category will be announced May 28 at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Edmonton, part of the #CAJ16 annual conference at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel.

Delegates registering for the full conference (May 27-28) in most registration categories get a banquet ticket as part of their registration. Standalone tickets are also available at a cost of $55. Register and purchase tickets today via the conference registration pageEarly bird rates for the conference run until May 20.

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 2015 will also be announced at the awards banquet.

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

The finalists in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

Nahlah Ayed, Tracy Seeley, Richard Devey
Refugee crisis: Walking across a continent
CBCNews.ca

Harvey Cashore, Frederic Zalac, Dave Seglins, Alexandra Byers
KPMG – The Isle of Sham
CBC News

Dylan Robertson
The Radical Reality: Canada and Homegrown Terrorism
Calgary Herald

Kathryn Blaze Baum, Renata D’Aliesio, Matthew McClearn, Kristy Hoffman, Laura Blenkinsop, Christopher Manza
A Country’s Crisis: An Investigation into Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
The Globe and Mail

Andrew Bailey, David Bruser, Astrid Lange, Jim Rankin, Randy Risling, Joanna Smith, Rick Sznajder, Tanya Talaga, Jennifer Wells
Gone: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
The Toronto Star

The finalists in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category are:

Travis Lupick
Chasing a crisis: The challenge of caring for Vancouver’s severely mentally ill and addicted residents
Georgia Straight

Joseph Couture
Series on homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness
Freelance / London Yodeler

Matt Goerzen
Breaking faith
The Brandon Sun

Ian Hitchen
The Runaways
The Brandon Sun

Gagandeep Ghuman
Here’s what got buried under the rock
The Squamish Reporter

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATURE category are:

Kathleen Martens
For the love of Matty
APTN Investigates

Harvey Cashore, Terence McKenna, Joseph Loiero, Alexandra Byers, Zach Dubinsky, Chelsea Gomez,, Nicole Reinert, Greg McArthur
The Mob and Michael DeGroote
CBC News – The Fifth Estate / The Globe and Mail

Kelly Crowe, Marcy Cuttler
A price to pay
CBC News – The National

Karin Wells
‘In the presence of a spoon’
CBC Radio One – The Sunday Edition

Avis Favaro, Elizabeth St. Philip, Brett Mitchell, Anton Koschany
Gordie’s comeback
CTV – W5

The finalists in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

Tiffany Foxcroft,Tyana Grundig, Erica Johnson
Coffee Cups
CBC Marketplace

Angela McIvor
Crisis in Rape Funding
CBC News – Nova Scotia

Adrienne Arsenault, Nazim Baksh
Canadian Jihadis
CBC News – The National

Heather Evans, John Lancaster, Sarah Bridge
Border Investigation
CBC News – Toronto

Anton Koschany,Victor Malarek, Sarah Stevens, Brett Mitchell
Phantom Menace
CTV – W5

The finalists in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

Jennie Russell, Charles Rusnell
Smoked out
CBC News – Edmonton

Natalie Clancy, Paisley Woodward
Real estate seminars exposed
CBC News – Vancouver

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

Diana Swain, Timothy Sawa, Lori Ward
Campus sexual assaults: The fight to get the real picture
CBC News Investigative Unit – CBC – The National

Anna Mehler Paperny, Leslie Young
Abortions for some
Global News

Bill Curry, Chris Hannay
Infrastructure spending in Conservative ridings
The Globe and Mail

Gordon Hoekstra, Larry Pynn
Pride & Power: First Nations and the B.C. economy
Vancouver Sun

Jeff Outhit
Where trouble lives
Waterloo Region Record

The finalists in the ONLINE MEDIA category are:

Paul Watson
The Wreck Of HMS Erebus: How A Landmark Discovery Triggered A Fight For Canada’s History
Freelance / Buzzfeed News Canada

Susana Mas
Temporary foreign workers favoured under express entry
CBCNews.ca

Cate Friesen, Cecil Rosner, Connie Walker, Duncan McCue, Tiar Wilson, Kimberly Ivany, Martha Troian, Chantelle Bellrichard, Joanne Levasseur,Teghan Beaudette, Kristy Hoffman, Donna Lee, Tara Lindemann, William Wolfe-Wylie, Richard Grasley, Michael Leschart, Michael Pereira
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
CBC News

Joshua Hergesheimer
Oil patch downturn puts dreams on hold – a series on the human costs behind the falling price of oil
National Observer

Elizabeth McSheffrey, Linda Solomon Wood, Jenny Uechi
Furry fiasco
National Observer

The finalists in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category are:

Larry Wong
Portfolio entry
Edmonton Journal

Darryl Dyck
Portfolio entry
Freelance / The Canadian Press

John Lehmann
Portfolio entry
The Globe and Mail

Steve Russell
Portfolio entry
The Toronto Star

The finalists in the SCOOP category are:

Jill Macyshon
Manitoba’s Foster Care Crisis
CTV National News

Linda Solomon Wood, Jenny Uechi, Sandy Garossino, Mychaylo Prystupa
Oil’s hidden route to Harper
National Observer
*The authorship of this submission is under dispute.

Bruce Cheadle
Omnibus budget bill rewrites history to clear RCMP of potential criminal charges
The Canadian Press

Colin Perkel
Faulty Juror Eligibility Forms
The Canadian Press

The finalists in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

Jorge Barrera, Damian Joseph
Lac La Ronge Fires
APTN National News

Margaret Evans
Paris Mourns
CBC Radio One – The World This Weekend

John Vennavally-Rao
Atom Smasher
CTV National News

Kim Bolan
Terror suspect was a classic loner
Vancouver Sun

Kevin Rollason
Phone Scam
Winnipeg Free Press

The finalists in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

Althia Raj
How Trudeau Won
Huffington Post Canada

Shannon Proudfoot
Jo has Alzheimer’s. He’s 38
Maclean’s

Angela Sterritt
A Movement Rises
OpenCanada.org

Matthew Pearson
The Passenger
Ottawa Citizen

Andrea Hill
Who is it now? When sirens wail in La Loche, people can’t help but wonder if it’s yet another suicide
Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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

Dennis Ward, Murray Oliver
A soldier scorned
APTN Investigates

Tamar Weinstein, Lynette Fortune, Mark Kelley, Liz Rosch
Too young to lose
CBC News – The Fifth Estate

Nahlah Ayed, Tracy Seeley, Richard Devey
Inside India’s gender revolution
CBC News – The National

Joe Friesen
The perilous journey from Myanmar to freedom
The Globe and Mail

Olivia Fellows, Emily Fister, Maura Forrest, Linda Givetash, Darryl Hol, Pauline Holdsworth, Hala Kamaliddin, Gian-Paolo Mendoza, Valentina Ruiz Leotaud, Emi Sasagawa, Peter Klein, David Rummel, Kathryn Gretsinger, Dan McKinney, Chantelle Bellrichard, Britney Dennison, Kim Frank, Videsh Kapoor, Dionne Bunsha, Mohammad Ghazal, Noah Katcha, Andrew Munroe, Ashima Narain, Varun Nayar, Dhanashree Oak, Ulrich Vital Ahotondji
Out of the Shadows
University of British Columbia / International Reporting Program

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

Melissa Ridgen
Hurting for work
APTN Investigates

Nick Purdon, Leonardo Palleja
Up close: Prison guards
CBC News – The National

Yutaka Dirks
What’s at stake in the fight for $15?
Freelance / Briarpatch

Krysia Collyer, Robert Cribb, Hannah James
Code White
Global 16X9 / Toronto Star

Lee-Anne Goodman
Badly backlogged Social Security Tribunal
The Canadian Press

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

Amara McLaughlin, Jesse Yardley
Risky decisions for Canadian cancer patients
Calgary Journal / Mount Royal University

Cameron Perrier
A Generation Taken: Stories of the Sixties Scoop in Alberta and aboriginal child welfare today
Calgary Journal / Mount Royal University

Jacqueline Gallant, Alex Vautour, Paige LeClair, Nicole Munro, Kevin Lemieux, MacKenzie Riley, Mary Fahey, Pat McCullough, Michael Bourgeois, Scott Hems, Dylan Hackett, Jan Wong, Pat Richard
The Fog of Rape: Normalizing a Campus Crime
The New Brunswick Beacon / St. Thomas University, Fredericton

Malone Mullin
Is this the radical road to prosperity?
The Varsity Magazine / 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 230 entries for the 2015 awards program.

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

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