Canadian Journalism Foundation announces Innovation Award shortlist
April 21, 2017 --
TORONTO, April 21, 2017 /CNW/ - In recognition of the innovations driving change in journalism, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is proud to announce the shortlist for its CJF Innovation Award.
"The finalists for the CJF Innovation Award illustrate the many forms a creative transformation can take ? from internal newsroom tools to radical business model shifts, from innovative ways of presenting a complex story to a twist on bringing the audience into political journalism," says Joshua Benton, a jury member and director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University.
Now in its third year, the award was created to acknowledge the unprecedented challenges faced by news organizations and the need to celebrate creative new measures that advance the quality of journalism while confronting the economic forces buffeting existing business models.
This year, there are four finalists:
Instead of writing an article to raise awareness of job robotization, staff programmed an online robot to provide a customized, personal report based on a series of questions visitors answered related to job title, age and salary. The robot-writer used information gathered from databases of various public bodies, including Statistics Canada, to produce a unique report, explaining to each visitor the chance of his or her job being at risk for automation.
"Allez-vous être remplacé par un robot? Demandez-le à? notre robot!"
CBC News: Face to Face with the Prime Minister
In a break with traditional interview formats, Face to Face with the Prime Minister put 10 Canadians of various ethnicities, ages, regions and socio-economic backgrounds alone for 10 minutes with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his office to ask questions. The Prime Minister did not have a say in who the participants were; he only knew their names and where they lived. Producers, press secretaries and RCMP were not present in the room.
"Canadians interview the prime minister about issues that matter to them"
"Behind-the-scenes: How we picked 10 Canadians to interview the PM"
"CBC News Special: Face To Face with the Prime Minister"
The Globe and Mail
Recognizing the need for analytics beyond page views and clicks, The Globe and Mail developed a proprietary analytics tool called Sophi that helps its editors understand how, when and what readers consume?clear insights that help drive change by increasing audience loyalty and engagement, and help them understand what readers are willing to pay for.
With the financial difficulties facing newspapers worldwide, La Presse in 2013 sought to secure its future by developing La Presse+, a platform for a tablet-driven model, offering news for free in an attractive and accessible format. In 2016, as a result of La Presse+'s success, the newspaper ended its weekday print edition, making La Presse the first daily in the world to become fully digital during the week. More than 270,000 people consult La Presse+ daily, far more than its 1971 print peak of 221,250 copies.
The CJF Innovation Award winner will be announced at the annual CJF Awards at The Fairmont Royal York on June 8 in Toronto. Follow #CJFawards on Twitter. Tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities are available on the CJF Awards page.
Jury members are:
Chair - Mathew Ingram, senior writer, Fortune
Joshua Benton, director, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University
Alfred Hermida, associate professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism
Jennifer Hollett, head of news and government, Twitter Canada
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate 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.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
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