Globe’s Un­founded in­ves­ti­ga­tion wins CJF prize

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The Globe and Mail’s 20-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how po­lice forces across Canada han­dle sex­ual-as­sault com­plaints has been awarded the Cana­dian Jour­nal­ism Foun­da­tion’s prize for ex­cel­lence in jour­nal­ism.

Re­porter Robyn Doolit­tle, who spear­headed the Un­founded pro­ject that has won sev­eral of Canada’s top jour­nal­ism awards this year, was also given the foun­da­tion’s Lands­berg Award, for ex­cep­tional cov­er­age of women’s is­sues.

Un­founded used data gath­ered from hun­dreds of po­lice ju­ris­dic­tions across the coun­try. The pro­ject showed that sex­u­alas­sault com­plaints are twice as likely to be dis­missed as un­founded as com­plaints in other as­sault cases.

“There isn’t a jour­nal­ist in the coun­try who de­serves this award more than Robyn Doolit­tle,” Globe editor-in-chief David Walm­s­ley said. “Her re­lent­less com­mit­ment to get­ting at the story, through in­tegrity and hard work, con­sis­tently reaches the high­est stan­dards and tra­di­tions of our in­dus­try.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion spurred lawen­force­ment agen­cies to re­view more than 37,000 cases and some agen­cies pledged to re­vamp their ap­proach to polic­ing sex­ual vi­o­lence.

On Tuesday, the pro­ject won the pres­ti­gious Mich­ener Award, rec­og­niz­ing pub­lic-ser­vice jour­nal­ism. Un­founded also won a Na­tional News­pa­per Award in the In­ves­ti­ga­tions cat­e­gory and Ms. Doolit­tle was named 2017 Jour­nal­ist of the Year by a panel of three for­mer NNA win­ners.

Other nom­i­nees for the Cana­dian Jour­nal­ism Foun­da­tion’s ex­cel­lence award in­cluded:

CBC Ed­mon­ton for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how a Cal­gary oil­man per­suaded Al­berta’s health min­is­ter to give his pri­vate health foun­da­tion a $10-mil­lion grant.

Global News for sto­ries about how Canada re­jects hun­dreds of im­mi­grants be­cause of in­com­plete data.

The Toronto Star for un­der­cover work ex­pos­ing the lack of safe­guards for tem­po­rary agency work­ers.

The Toronto Star, Global News and the Na­tional Ob­server for a col­lab­o­ra­tion bring­ing to­gether 50 jour­nal­ists, stu­dents and in­struc­tors to ex­am­ine the hid­den costs of the oil in­dus­try.

The prize for ex­cel­lence in jour­nal­ism for the small me­dia cat­e­gory went to The In­de­pen­dent of Petro­lia and Cen­tral Lambton. Their sto­ries showed the town’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer lied about about his own­er­ship of two build­ings be­ing used for town pur­poses, rais­ing ques­tions about con­flict of in­ter­est.

This year also marked the in­au­gu­ra­tion of an award aimed at rec­og­niz­ing jour­nal­is­tic ef­forts to help Cana­di­ans as­sess the qual­ity of the news they con­sume.

Ra­dio-Canada won the award for its weekly pro­gram Corde Sen­si­ble aimed at com­bat­ting mis­in­for­ma­tion on so­cial me­dia.

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