About the award

For a student who exhibits promise and determination with a strong interest in the Laws of Ontario; Queen’s Park; and consumer protection.

Dr. Shuman often said that journalists and the media are the last bastion of a democratic society. We need them to do their work unafraid and unfettered. Shuman was passionate about the rules – – that they be created with integrity, were honoured and that the rule of law, fairness and justice be applied to all citizens.  Shuman devoted decades to challenging some of the many deficiencies in the area of consumer protections surrounding legislation in new home construction and warranties. He strived for our authorities to be held accountable for the many shortfalls in the home building industry.

Shuman’s energy and work continue through the tireless efforts of Dr. Karen Somerville of the consumer advocacy group, “Canadians for Properly Built Homes” and other like-minded, dedicated individuals championing for change.

Criteria

To be eligible for this award, a student must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at the Ryerson School of Journalism;
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.0 at the time of application;
  • Submit a pitch for a story (any form of media is eligible) addressing one of these issues: the Laws of Ontario; Queen’s Park; or consumer protection. This pitch should be no more than 500 words.

Your application must include:

  • A cover sheet stating only: the award you are applying for, your name, your student number, your year of study and your CGPA (in that order). This cover sheet is for administrative purposes only. Please do not include any additional information on the cover sheet;
  • A pitch of no more than 500 words for a story (any form of media is eligible) addressing one of these issues: the Laws of Ontario; Queen’s Park; or consumer protection.
2017 Dr. Earl Shuman Memorial Award
2017 Dr. Earl Shuman Memorial Award

From left: Presenter Karen Somerville with winner Declan Keogh and presenter Krista Shuman.

From left: Presenter Karen Somerville with winner Declan Keogh and presenter Krista Shuman.

Past Winners

2017    Declan Keogh