The Protestor may be Time magazine's choice for Newsmaker of the Year, but what about the reporters who cover the stories that make a difference? Or the editors, producers, managers and owners who make sure journalism's best are out there for Canadians. The J-Source Canadian Newsperson of 2011 award will honour a Canadian  who has demonstrated excellence and had a positive impact on the quality of journalism in their community or across the country, perhaps innovating the way news is gathered and told, inspiring journalists, educators, and the Canadian public. Who do you think we should honour this year? Send in your nominations today.

While other media organizations are naming their news makers of the year, here at J-Source we're looking at the journalists who cover the stories that make a difference and the editors, producers, managers and owners who make sure journalism's best is out there for Canadianss.

Who was the most prominent personality of the Canadian journalism world in 2011? Who made a difference in the Canadian news landscape? What voice, story, or deal had a lasting effect (good or bad) on the industry or on the country? In short: who do you think is the Canadian Newsperson of the Year?

For almost five years, J-Source has been striving to recognize and celebrate the efforts of journalists, journalism educators, activists and citizens who believe that journalism can make a difference in a functioning democracy.  Once a year, we shine a light on journalists who make all of us proud: who demonstrate excellence, integrity and innovation.  We’re looking for nominations from all areas of journalism and from across Canada. 

The J-Source Canadian Newsperson of the Year award will honour a Canadian who has demonstrated excellence and had a positive impact on the quality of journalism in their community or across the country, perhaps innovating the way news is gathered and told, inspiring journalists, educators, and the Canadian public.

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Who do you think we should honour this year?

Submit your nomination here, but be sure to keep it brief — we will be sharing a list of all of the nominations online.

You can find more details and nomination guidelines here

I look forward to seeing your nominations.

Janice Neil
Editor-in-Chief, J-Source.ca