The Canadian Journalism Foundation has opened applications for its Excellence in Journalism Award. The award will be given out in two categories: Large or national media and small or local media.

According to The CJF, the award "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."

Past winners of the award in the large media include CBC Radio’s The Current (2012), Toronto Star (2011) and the Winnipeg Free Press (2009). In the small media category, the Vancouver Observer, CBC Manitoba and Metroland Durham region have taken the award home in the last three years, respectively.

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Update: Application deadlines have been extended to March 4 at noon EST. For the first time, submissions will be made online.

The awards, along with the rest of the CJF Awards program, will be presented at the 16th annual Awards on June 13, 2013.  

For more details, check out The CJF’s website