New award recognizes impact on quality of journalism.

The Canadian Journalism Foundation has launched a new award to recognize “innovations with a demonstrated impact in advancing the quality of journalism.”

The criteria for “innovation” are broad and can include anything from “new formats for audiences” to “involvement of the community in the news process.”

“It’s nice to see the CJF recognizing that reality with this award and encouraging those who have ideas that can help the industry move forward instead of spinning its wheels,” Mathew Ingram, senior writer at Gigaom and chair of the award jury, said in a release.

Joining Ingram on the jury are Alfred Hermida of UBC’s graduate school of journalism, David Skok of the Boston Globe, Melanie Coulson of United Way Ottawa and Kelly Toughill from the school of journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax (and editor of J-Source’s business of journalism section).

The award will be handed out at the CJF Awards on June 3. Details can be found on the CJF’s website.