TORONTO, April 7, 2020 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation, is proud to announce the shortlist for the annual Landsberg Award.
Celebrating a journalist who provides greater profile to women's equality issues, the Landsberg Award recognizes exceptional research, analysis and presentation through a gender lens in print, broadcast or online news.
"The entries for this year's Landsberg are stunning," says Sally Armstrong, journalist, human rights activist, author and jury chair. "By publishing and broadcasting such outstanding pieces, these journalists have shed new light on women's issues, altering the course for dealing with matters such as misogyny and hopefully ending the scourge of violence against women."
The award is named after Michele Landsberg—an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist—to acknowledge the tremendous impact that she has had as an advocate and role model for women in Canada. Ms. Landsberg is also a member of the selection jury.
The finalists, including select pieces from their submissions, are:
- Annie Burns-Pieper, a freelance investigative reporter at the time of her submission and now managing editor for the Institute for Investigative Journalism, for her work in The Globe and Mail, revealing the prevalence of sexual violence against Canadian public transit passengers;
- Molly Hayes, crime and justice reporter for The Globe and Mail, for her articles exploring intimate partner homicide and femicide, focusing on a case in rural Ontario;
- Francine Pelletier, freelance journalist and columnist, for a selection of work including one in Canada's History on the parallels between the Montreal Massacre killer's anti-feminism and those of men today who are catalysts for movements such as #MeToo; and
- Elizabeth Renzetti, columnist and feature writer with The Globe and Mail, for exploring issues such as biased design in space, the lack of female political leaders and why ideologically-motivated killing of women isn't treated as terrorism.
The links to all the finalists' story submissions are available on our awards page.
The jury also made special mention of the work of the late Anne Kingston, the senior writer for Maclean's magazine whose work was submitted posthumously on her behalf, and who was a previous award finalist. A tireless advocate for the rights of women, Kingston's submission included an investigation on how intimate-partner violence reveals how systems, politicians and people have failed women and girls.
The winner will be announced at the annual CJF Awards on October 30 in Toronto at The Ritz-Carlton and receive $5,000 from the Canadian Women's Foundation.
Tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities are available for the CJF Awards.
Chair - Sally Armstrong, journalist, human rights activist and author
Kathy English, public editor, Toronto Star
Rachel Giese, editorial director, Xtra
Michele Landsberg, journalist, author, feminist and social justice advocate
Paulette Senior, president and CEO, Canadian Women's Foundation
Lauren Strapagiel, reporter, BuzzFeed News
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious awards and fellowships program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers' series, the CJF facilitates dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
About the Canadian Women's Foundation
The Canadian Women's Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, the Foundation works to achieve systemic change that includes all women. By supporting community programs, the Foundation empowers women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. Launched in 1991 to address a critical need for philanthropy focused on women, the Canadian Women's Foundation is one of the largest women's foundations in the world. With the support of donors, the Foundation has raised more than $90 million and funded over 1,900 programs across the country. These programs focus on addressing the root causes of the most critical issues, and helping women and girls who face the greatest barriers. For more information, please visit www.canadianwomen.org.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
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