Shaw Communications has announced a new initiative that will see the company fund student-led, anti-bullying initiatives. Shaw Kindness Sticks Youth grants will fund up to $5,000 for “student-led projects that promote positivity and inclusivity at their school.” Students can apply online between Feb. 28 and Apr. 30.
CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin says there was no violation of policy when the f-word was used during a CBC Radio One episode of The Current. The complainant objected to the use of the word in an interview with two of the women who accused Albert Schultz of sexual misconduct. A warning from the host mentioned strong language and disturbing subject matter. In her review, Enkin writes “I do not find a violation of journalistic policy, nor can I recommend that swear words never be used in broadcasts. I can only emphasize the importance of consideration of the impact on the audience versus the potential to offend or upset some people. The nature of journalism is that this is an equation that is often needed and assessed.”
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) has announced the winners of its annual Media Awards, honouring Ontario journalists who bring important nursing, health and health-care stories to light. CBC Ottawa, CBC Radio’s Now or Never, and Postmedia are among this year’s winners. Find the full list here.
The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) has opened applications for the 2018 EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship. Since 2001, three candidates have been selected each year to participate in a week-long study tour to experience the EU institutions, the Canadian Mission to the EU, and media outlets in Brussels. In order to be eligible, applicants must be actively enrolled in a Canadian university/post-secondary institution or active in the field of journalism, be between ages 18-30, and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Applications close on May 15.
The Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB) will hold a special panel as part of its 84th Annual Conference. Sponsored by Zipwhip, the panel will explore creating advertising that delivers credibility and sells products and services, without feeling like a typical commercial spot. Featured panelists include Rob Farina (Bell Media), Ronnie Stanton (Alpha Media), Steve Jones (Newcap Radio), Barrie Vice (Golden West Broadcasting) and Paul Kaye (Rogers Media). John Vos of Corus Entertainment will moderate the panel. This year’s conference takes place June 6-7 in Banff.