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Encyclopedia > Canadian Association of Journalists

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) or L'Association Canadienne des Journalistes in French is a Canadian organization of professional journalists created to promote excellence in journalism and encourage investigative journalism. The CAJ acts as a national voice for Canadian journalists. A journalist is a person who practices journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events, trends, issues and people. ... Journalism is a discipline of collecting, verifying, reporting and analyzing information gathered regarding current events, including trends, issues and people. ... Investigative journalism is a branch of journalism that usually concentrates on a very specific topic, and typically requires a lot of work to yield results. ...


History

The CAJ was founded in 1978 as the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ). A few senior Canadian journalists founded the CIJ to counteract the isolation of the one or two reporters in the average newsroom who did investigative work. One of CIJ's initiatives was the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom group that later became Canadian Journalists for Free Expression(CJFE). In 1990, the organization changed its name to its current form to reflect a broader emphasis on all journalism and attract additional members. Promoting investigate journalism remains one of the CAJ's main goals. 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is a Canadian non-governmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of free expression. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Awards

The CAJ holds an annual conference during which it presents various awards including a Computer-Assisted Reporting award. In addition to awards for professional excellence, the CAJ presents a Code of Silence Award to celebrate "Canada's rich bureaucratic culture of secrecy."


CAJ's most recent conference, Muck Rake 2004, was held in Vancouver starting May 7, 2004. Health Canada, the department of health of the Canadian federal government, won its third Code of Silence award.


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Canadian Journalists for Free Expression - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (799 words)
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is a Canadian non-governmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of free expression.
The purpose of the organization is to defend the rights of journalists and contribute to the development of press freedom throughout the world.
CJFE was born in 1981, and parented initially by the Centre for Investigative Journalism (now the Canadian Association of Journalists).
Canadian Association of Journalists - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (262 words)
The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) or L'Association Canadienne des Journalistes in French is a Canadian organization of professional journalists created to promote excellence in journalism and encourage investigative journalism.
A few senior Canadian journalists founded the CIJ to counteract the isolation of the one or two reporters in the average newsroom who did investigative work.
One of CIJ's initiatives was the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom group that later became Canadian Journalists for Free Expression(CJFE).
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