Friday, June 9, 2000Every year more than 2,000 attacks on journalists and media organizations are registered around the world. For the most part, the heroes who work under these adverse and dangerous conditions are unsung. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression honours those who adhere to their principles and even risk their lives to keep the news media free with Press Freedom Awards. CJFE recognizes that freedom of expression is not just an international, but a Canadian issue too, and one which students may face as well. To encourage young journalists to dig for difficult stories, and stand up for freedom of the media, the CJFE Student Award is again offered for outstanding reporting in difficult circumstances. The Student Award will recognize a student currently, or just completing studies in a Canadian post-secondary journalism, communications or media arts program and/or is enrolled in a post-secondary program and contributes to campus media. The student will have produced through course studies or campus media involvement, a journalistic work which deals with press freedom, censorship, access to information, protection of sources or another subject which deals with the challenges for journalists in the course of practising their profession. A work of journalism which demonstrates intensive investigation under difficult circumstances will also be considered. Submissions will be judged for applicability of subject matter and creativity employed in presentation and use of the medium. The award's inaugural winner was Judy Trinh, a former University of Western Ontario journalism student who was recognized for her video documentary, The Invisible Minority, about gay students persecuted in London, Ontario. Submissions in French or English may be in the form of video tapes, audio tapes, articles or columns produced and/or published or broadcast between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000. Submissions should be accompanied by a letter outlining how the applicant's entry promotes and/or preserves the concepts inherent in press freedom and freedom of expression. They must also be accompanied by proof of enrolment in the appropriate college or university program in 1999 or 2000. THE AWARD consists of a framed plaque and cash prize of $1000. It will be presented to the winner at the CJFE Annual General Meeting in Toronto in Fall 2000. Submissions must be received by: July 17, 2000 # INCLUDE WITH YOUR SUBMISSION: for print: 2 complete copies of tearsheets # for broadcast- 2 complete copies of the audio or video tape (VHS format) # covering letter # 2 completed copies of the following information on one page: Name: Address: Home telephone: Fax: E-mail: Post-secondary institution and address: Program of study: Year of program attended: (eg. 1 of 4): Title of piece: Date of publication or airing (if applicable): Reference (professor/instructor or campus media editor/director): Reference telephone: Reference Fax: Reference E-mail: Please ensure that your name appears on each page of your application and on all material submitted, and number all pages. Samples will not be returned. Please return submissions to: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression 489 College Street, Suite 403 Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5 Submissions must reach CJFE by July 17, 2000
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