TORONTO, Jan. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Nominations are being accepted online for the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 28, 2013.
The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others. The winner will be selected by a jury and presented at the 16th Annual CJF Awards at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 13, 2013.
Among the items to be considered are: body of journalistic work during career; contribution to society through outstanding journalism; and recognition and respect from peers and community.
Last year's winner was Jack Sigvaldason, publisher of Northern News Services. Sigvaldason had a career in advertising, public relations and editorial in Winnipeg before moving his family to Yellowknife to work as the editor of News of the North. In 1971, after antagonizing various levels of government, advertisers and local communities, he was fired—only to start up the Yellowknifer and subsequently, Northern News Services, which publishes seven community newspapers. His success eventually allowed him to buy the newspaper that fired him and rename it News/North.
"Recognition by one's peers is the greatest honour of all," says Sigvaldason. "In my case, it was recognition not only of our organization's growth over the past 40 years, but of what Northerners have achieved during that time."
Sigvaldason joins a list of esteemed journalists who have received the award, including Patrick Brown, Lise Bissonnette, Joe Schlesinger, June Callwood, Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, 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 operating journalism websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ.ca (French), in co-operation with the country's leading journalism schools; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, government officials, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society; and by fostering opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation