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General Awards

Note: the following list originally appeared on J-source. August 4, 2009 – Posted by Regan Ray

Atlantic Journalism Awards
The Atlantic Journalism Awards offer several student-specific and school-specific awards.

CAB Scholarships
Every year, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) offers, in collaboration with its members, scholarships to six talented Canadian broadcasting and communications students.

CAJ/CNW Student Award of Excellence in Journalism
The CAJ gives an award each year to the student with the top piece of journalism is any medium. The award is open to students in accredited degree/diploma program offered by a Canadian university or college. The winner receives $1000.

CBC Joan Donaldson Newsworld Scholarship
After successfully passing a rigorous interview process, up to eight students are selected from the nine participating universities. Each Donaldson Scholar receives a cash award of $2,000.00, training and an intensive four-month paid internship at one or more locations within CBC Newsworld.

CCNA Campus Newspaper Awards
As a part of its Better Newspapers Competition, the Canadian Community Newspaper Association gives out a handful of awards every year to the campus press. They are: outstanding campus newspaper, best campus news story, best campus feature sotry, and best campus photography.

Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists
The Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists were established in 1991 at the bequest of the estate of the late Arthur G. Penny, grandson of Edward Goff Penny. The first awards were presented in 1992. The winners are in keeping with the terms of the bequest–between the ages 20 and 25 and from each of two circulation categories: under 25,000 and over 25,000. Prize money is $1,500 for each category.

Fraser MacDougall Journalism Prize
The Fraser MacDougall Journalism Awards are for Ontario students only. The competition is sponsored by the Ontario Press Council.  The annual competition, open to journalism students at Ontario universities and community colleges, is named for a former Ottawa bureau chief of The Canadian Press and the first executive secretary of the sponsoring press council.  The call for submissions is usually available in Spring of each year.  They accept entries of essays and articles covering freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  The first prize receives $1000, the second prize receives $500, and the third prize receives $250.  Send submissions and queries to

Herb Lampert student writing award (science)
The Herb Lampert Student Writing Award is open to any student science writer who has a science article published in a student or other newspaper or magazine, or aired on a radio or TV station in Canada. The deadline is usually mid-March.

IDRC Awards for International Development Journalism
The IRDC awards are granted to full-time graduate students who are currently enrolled in, or are graduates from the preceding academic year of a Master of Arts in Journalism program, or Graduate Diploma in Journalism, and are based on good academic achievement.  The recipient of the award spends approximately 4-10 months in a developing country to enhance his/her knowledge of international development and international reporting issues.  The award of up to $20,000 covers living, research, equipment and travel expenses, while the awardee undertakes field research in the developing country. The five universities that grant these awards are: Carleton, Concordia, Western, Laval and UBC.

Investigative Reporting (IRE) Student Award
Outstanding investigative reporting by a student in a college-affiliated newspaper, magazine or specialty publication (or while serving a print internship), or broadcast work that has been publicly reviewed, screened or aired. This award comes with an IRE Certificate of Recognition and a $250 cash scholarship for Outstanding Investigative Reporting.

Jack Webster Awards (BC Students only)
Seven $2,000 awards are available that will be paid towards tuition. The awards are open to students who are permanent residents of British Columbia and who are pursuing full time journalism studies in a British Columbia post-secondary journalism program and who show a demonstrated interest in journalism.

The Johnnies
The John H. McDonald Foundation, in conjunction with Canadian University Press, offers various awards to student writers, photographers, and designers every year. The awards are open to any students whose work has been published in a student publication at post-secondary institutions in Canada. One winner from each category will be awarded $500. There will be two honourable mentions in each category. Winners are announced at the CUP National Conference during the JHM Gala.

Journalism Scholarship for Native Canadians
The Gil Purcell Memorial Journalism Scholarship for Native Canadians is offered annually by the Canadian Press. The $4,000 scholarship was established in 1990. Its purpose is to encourage aboriginal Canadians to enter the field of journalism through study at a postsecondary institution. It is in memory of Gillis Purcell, who from 1945 to 1969 was general manager of The Canadian Press, the national news agency.

Keith Gilmore Foundation Scholarships
The Keith Gilmour Foundation, an agricultural journalism foundation, offers 10 scholarships each year to students who are planning to go into agriculture or agriculture journalism. The program continues to grow and support young achievers in the agricultural community.

Manitoba Co-operator Scholarship
The Manitoba Co-operator Scholarship is open to Manitoba residents enrolled full-time or part-time in a post-secondary program in journalism, communications or broadcasting anywhere in Canada. They give out a $1,000 scholarship annually to the best essay on a topic of their choice.

Michele Landsberg Award
The Michele Landsberg Award recognizes young women who are outstanding feminists in the area of media or activism, and who are attending a formal learning institution. The Canadian Women’s Foundation initiated the award to honour the tremendous impact that Michele has had as an advocate and role model for all women in Canada, and to celebrate the next generation of women who are working toward the goal of social equality for women and girls.

Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism
Established in the memory of award-winning Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang, the first Canadian reporter to be killed in Afghanistan since the war began. The fellowship will offer a $10,000 prize to a recent Canadian university graduate (degree can be from any discipline), which will go to fund a news project significant to a Canadian audience. In addition to this, the winner will receive a one-year, paid internship with Canwest, including six months at the Calgary Herald and six months at Canwest News Service in Ottawa. Applications details will be available in March 2010, and those interested can email for more information.

National Magazine Award for Best Student Writer
The National Magazine Award for Best Student Writer is awarded each year to a full-time student whose non-fiction or journalistic work in a Canadian consumer magazine or university/college magazine shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The winner receives a $1,000 prize and is awarded a certificate on stage at the gala in June.

National Press Club of Canada Scholarships
In 2009, the National Press Club of Canada (NPC) handed out its first series of scholarships. The scholarships available are: the Spencer Moore Scholarship, valued at $3,000 per year for three years, the Barbara Frum Scholarship valued at $2,000 per year for up to three years and the National Press Club of Canada Foundation Scholarship of $1,000 per year for up to three years. The competition is open to journalism students attending Canadian colleges and universities.

Online Journalism Awards
The online journalism awards have a student category. The category honours excellence in digital journalism by a student or team reporting on a single story or issue. The work must have appeared originally in a student- or school-based Web site and have been created by full-time student(s) (at the time of publication). Unpublished entries and those produced with professional assistance do not qualify.

RTNDA Scholarships
The Association of Electronic Journalists offers several scholarships, ranging from $2000 to $2500. There are awards aimed at students in specific years as well as general prizes including The Canadian Press / Eric Murray Scholarship for Aboriginal Persons and Members of a Visible Minority, the CBC / Barbara Frum Scholarship for Interviewing, the BNN / Jim O’Connell Scholarship, the 660 News Diversity Scholarship and the RTNDA George Clark Scholarship for the Overall Winning Entry, which will be awarded to the best overall entry from the other categories.

Wanda Jamrozik Prize for journalism thesis
The Wanda Jamrozik Prize is awarded by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism to the best honours or graduate thesis/project in the areas of Journalism, Media Studies or a related field in Social Science and the Humanities, which exemplifies human values in the media, especially in relation to ethnic, racial and multicultural issues, both in Australia and internationally. The cash prize is determined by the Faculty based on the interest earned by the Trust in the preceding year. It is usually not less than $1,000.

Young Cuts Awards
Young Cuts recognizes some of the top filmmakers under 25 in Canada in August of each year.

School-specific Awards

Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication
Concordia University Department of Journalism
Ryerson University School of Journalism
University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
University of Western Ontario MA in Journalism