Congratulations to the 2019 CAJ Awards recipients!


    OTTAWA, May 30, 2020 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 CAJ Awards for outstanding investigative journalism.

    This included presenting the McGillivray Award to Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News, for his multi-part look at how one company successfully used Facebook, and fake news posts, to lure people into subscription-based services that only ended up ripping them off. BuzzFeed’s work showed how the company even used Canadian celebrities to bait people in this country, and led to Facebook taking some action and the company itself falling apart.

    Earlier in the evening, Silverman’s entry had been named the recipient in the Online Media category. The McGillivray Award recognizes the best of the recipients in the CAJ Awards’ seven investigative categories.

    The Charles Bury President’s Award, given under circumstances of exceptional merit to those people or organizations that have made a significant contribution to Canadian journalism, was presented to Jerome Turner, Jesse Winter and Amber Bracken for their dedicated reporting and, in particular, for protecting the public’s right to know how events unfolded at Wet’suwet’en.

    Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CAJ Awards were presented online this year, with finalists invited to participate in a video conference that was also livestreamed on the CAJ’s Facebook page. The event was MC’d by Vicky Mochama.

     The recipients in the OPEN MEDIA category are:

    Jean-François Cloutier, Jean-Louis Fortin, Hugo Joncas, Philippe Langlois, Félix Séguin, Andrea Valéria

    Manquements éthiques et prêts douteux à la Caisse de dépôt

    Le Journal de Montréal – Bureau d’enquête


    The recipient in the COMMUNITY MEDIA category is:

    Katrina Clarke

    A Shot in the Dark: New Brunswick school vaccination policies

    The Daily Gleaner, Fredericton, N.B.


    The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST FEATUREcategory are:

    Cullen Crozier, Brittany Guyot, Holly Moore

    Broken Circle

    APTN Investigates


    The recipients in the OPEN BROADCAST NEWS category are:

    Anton Koschany, Kevin Newman, Kathlene Calahan, Andre Lapalme, Kirk Neff, Brett Mitchell

    The Laundromat

    CTV – W5


    The recipients in the COMMUNITY BROADCAST category are:

    Ashley Legassic, Kent Simmonds

    You’re Not Alone — A Deeper Look into Suicide

    CFJC, Kamloops, B.C.


    The recipients in the DATA JOURNALISM AWARD are:

    Institute for Investigative Journalism and media partners

    Tainted Water

    IIJ / Toronto Star / Global News / Le Devoir / Regina Leader-Post / National Observer


    The recipient in the ONLINE MEDIA category is:

    Craig Silverman

    Trap King

    Buzzfeed News


    The recipient in the PHOTOJOURNALISM category is:

    Darryl Dyck

    2019 portfolio (no single link available)

    Freelancer / The Canadian Press


    The recipients in the SCOOP category are:

    Steven Chase, Robert Fife, Sean Fine

    PMO pressed justice minister to abandon prosecution of SNC-Lavalin

    The Globe and Mail


    The recipients in the DAILY EXCELLENCE category are:

    Blair Crawford, Elizabeth Payne, Kelly Egan, Jon Willing, Shaamini Yogaretnam, Taylor Blewett, Joanne Laucius, Wayne Cuddington, Julie Oliver

    Westboro Bus Crash

    Ottawa Citizen


    The recipients in the TEXT FEATURE category are:

    Angie Landry, Mélanie Picard

    Survivre à la 117

    Radio-Canada – Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Que.


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

    Emma McIntosh, Mike De Souza

    How Alberta kept Fort McKay First Nation in the dark about a toxic cloud from the oilsands

    National Observer / Toronto Star



    Jenna Dulewich

    Stoney Nakoda portfolio entry

    Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore, Alta.


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

    Eli Glasner

    ‘I just broke down crying’: Canadian video game creators face gruelling ‘crunch’ hours

    CBC News – The National


    The recipient in the APTN / CAJ RECONCILIATION AWARD is:

    Christopher Curtis

    Portfolio entry

    Montreal Gazette


    The recipient in the ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE category

    Marco Chown Oved

    Undeniable: Life and Death Under the Dome

    Toronto Star


    The recipients in the STUDENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCEare:

    Sarah Chew, Katie Swyers, Martha Currie, Stephanie Liu


    RSJ Doc / Ryerson University

    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 343 entries for the 2019 awards program.

    The CAJ congratulates all the recipients and finalists and thanks all those who submitted entries for consideration. Many judges once again noted the excellent quality and breadth of work contained within the pieces submitted into the program.

    Journalists continue to produce striking, important, and meaningful work that educates, informs, exposes, uncovers, affects change, and makes our communities better places to live. The CAJ is proud to play a role in recognizing the best of this work on an annual basis.

    The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with about 700 members across Canada. The CAJ’s primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members. | |

    SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists