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Tyee Receives National Honour

Strong reporting cited by Canadian Journalism Foundation.

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Less than four years after The Tyee blinked into existence, the online source for news and views is one of four Canadian news organizations this year to be recognized for excellence by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

The British Columbia-based Tyee received the Honourable Mention in the category of Excellence in Journalism for Small, Medium or Local Media. The category includes all Canadian newspapers with circulation less than 100,000, magazines with paid circulation less than 150,000, local or regional broadcasters, and online journalism with less than 500,000 unique visitors a month.

The Excellence in Journalism Award "recognizes the outstanding work of a journalistic organization," and "embraces ideals of democratic citizenship, rigorous professional practice, honesty, accuracy, independence, public accountability and initiative as well as artistry, clarity of style and high quality of presentation," according to the Canadian Journalism Foundation's website.

Candidates for the award, which is co-sponsored by the Jackman Foundation, are judged by their performance during the previous calendar year.

The awards were given out in Toronto on June 6. At the evening event, The Tyee was cited for its independent voice and "breaking many, many important stories in British Columbia."

The Guelph Mercury newspaper received the Excellence in Journalism Award for Small, Medium and Local Media. Judges praised the publication's attention to accuracy and openness to reader suggestions.

In the category of Large or National Media, the Excellence in Journalism Award went to the Hamilton Spectator newspaper, and Canada Press received the Honourable Mention.

Previous recipients of the Excellence in Journalism Award have included the Globe and Mail, the CBC, CTV and the Toronto Star. This is the first year the award was also given in a separate category Small, Medium and Local Media.

"It's very gratifying to be the only purely online news source to be given this recognition," said Tyee editor David Beers. "It goes to the hundreds of people who have contributed their creativity and skills to our pages, as well as our supportive, engaged readers -- everyone who makes possible this hopeful experiment in independent journalism."

Among others honoured at the event, Norman Webster received a Lifetime Achievement Award for "his renowned journalistic career as an editor, foreign correspondent, columnist and reporter," said the Foundation's announcement.

The Canadian Journalism Foundation was founded in 1990. It describes itself as "a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in Canadian journalism by recognizing outstanding journalistic achievement and by promoting dialogue among media, business, government, public policy groups and academe."

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