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Free Press a finalist again for Excellence in Journalism Award

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The Winnipeg Free Press is a finalist for a second straight year for the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Excellence in Journalism Award in the large or national media category.

The Free Press won the award last year.

Other finalists for the award in the large or national media category are CP Picture Service, CTV News, Globalnews.ca, and the Toronto Star.

There are five finalists in the local or regional media category including CBC Edmonton, CBC New Brunswick, Global Calgary, L’Écho de Frontenac and the Vancouver Observer.

The winners will be announced on June 4 at the 17th Annual CJF Awards in Toronto.

"It was an honour to win this award last year and we are doubly honoured to now have the chance to repeat as winners," Free Press editor Paul Samyn said. "This award is all about journalistic excellence and that is what we strive to do every day for our readers."

Unlike other awards honouring specific journalistic achievements, the CJF’s Excellence in Journalism Awards celebrates news organizations that embrace ideals of journalistic excellence such as accuracy, independence, accountability to the audience, courage and originality.

The shortlist contains news outlets that embody exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a resulting impact on the community they serve.

Chris Waddell, jury chair and director of the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, said the range of nominations highlight the different ways that news organizations are adapting to the dramatic changes in the news gathering industry.

"The nominees are all examples of innovations in coverage and relations with audiences matched with a sharp focus on the traditional strengths of influential and distinctive journalism," Waddell said in a statement.

The Excellence in Journalism Award was established by Dr. F.L.R. (Eric) Jackman, chairman of the Jackman Foundation and founder of The Canadian Journalism Foundation.

The members of the jury which will select the winners include Waddell, managing director of Ezrin Communications Hershell Ezrin, Jackman Foundation chairman Dr. F.L.R. Jackman, principal Kenneth McRobert of Glendon College at York University, Sun Life Financial vice-president of corporate communications Frank Switzer and Policy Options magazine editor Bruce Wallace.

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