About the award

For the student exhibiting the highest level of excellence in broadcast journalism based on the first year of study in the MJ program.

With its “exhilarating” launch in1989, CBC NewsWorld gave Canadians their first dedicated 24-hour news channel.

The founding head of NewsWorld, responsible for the development and operation of the network, was Joan Donaldson, a highly respected senior journalist who also taught at Ryerson. “There’s no magic about television,” she told Maclean’s magazine after NewsWorld went to air. “Television is 95-per-cent sweat.”