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TORONTO, June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards celebrated journalistic excellence at its largest event ever, with more than 500 journalists, media executives and business leaders attending the sold-out event at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 4.
The Toronto Star won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large-media category, which it won previously in 2011 and 2010. The award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community it serves.
"No matter how technology disrupts the way that we gather information and disseminate our journalism, the pursuit of truth has not changed," said Star editor Michael Cooke upon accepting the award. "And for the good of our cities, and for the good of our province, and for the good of our country, it must not change, because that's our charge-and that's our glory. And that speaks directly to excellent reporting."
The Vancouver Observer won the Excellence in Journalism Award in the local-media category, an honour it also received in 2012. L'Echo de Frontenac received an Honourable Mention. Other finalists in the local/regional media category included CBC Edmonton, CBC New Brunswick and Global Calgary. Among the evening's other awards:
The previously announced Lifetime Achievement Award went to Peter Bregg (see the tribute video), for a remarkable career capturing images at home and abroad. Bregg was chief photographer at Maclean's for 17 years; has worked as a photographer and photo editor with The Canadian Press and the Associated Press in Ottawa, Boston, London, New York and Washington, D.C.; and was the official photographer to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984-85. Bregg is a member of PhotoSensitive, a photo collective that uses photography to support charitable causes, and he continues to take freelance commissions while teaching photojournalism at Toronto's Ryerson University School of Journalism.
This year, the CJF Tribute honoured a remarkable year of investigative journalism by recognizing individual journalistic excellence from across the country. The honourees were:
In this joint investigation, the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald revealed that 145 children died in provincial care over 14 years, triple the amount reported to the public.
Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald and Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal
"Lac-Mégantic: An Investigation into the Disaster and its Causes"
Jacquie McNish and Grant Robertson, on behalf of the investigative team
The Globe and Mail
The event was hosted by Lisa LaFlamme, chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News, who, in an unscripted moment, was joined on the stage by Robyn Doolittle, investigative reporter with The Globe and Mail, for a rendition of the Amy Winehouse song Rehab.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation thanks the following organizations for their support: BMO Financial Group, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Postmedia Network Inc., Accenture, Waste Management of Canada, Scotiabank, Medtronic, Jackman Foundation and RBC. Thank you also to CBC News, CNW, Maclean's, Metro, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star and Porter for their in-kind support.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through an annual awards program; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, government officials, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society; by supporting journalism websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ.ca (French); and by fostering opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
Video with caption: "Video: 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards highlights.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20140613_C9767_VIDEO_EN_41375.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20140613_C9767_PHOTO_EN_41375.jpg&clientName=Canadian%20Journalism%20Foundation&caption=Video%3A%2017th%20Annual%20Canadian%20Journalism%20Foundation%20Awards%20highlights%2E&title=CANADIAN%20JOURNALISM%20FOUNDATION%20%2D%20Highlights%20from%2017th%20Annual%20Canadian%20Journalism%20Foundation%20Awards&headline=Highlights%20from%2017th%20Annual%20Canadian%20Journalism%20Foundation%20Awards
Image with caption: "Peter Bregg was the first photojournalist to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual CJF Awards. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140613_C9767_PHOTO_EN_41360.jpg
Image with caption: "Chantelle Bellrichard was the recipient of the inaugural CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship at the 17th Annual CJF Awards. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140613_C9767_PHOTO_EN_41361.jpg
Image with caption: "Michael Cooke, editor of the Toronto Star, accepted the Excellence in Journalism Award in the large-media category at the 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140613_C9767_PHOTO_EN_41362.jpg
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