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Posted by Janice Neil on January 25, 2012

 

The winner of the J-Source Canadian Newsperson of the Year is 'The Innovator' — best exemplified by Wilf Dinnick, the founder and CEO of OpenFile.ca.

We applaud his courage to put his own reputation on the line to create new and innovative approaches to engaging citizens with local, public-service journalism in an independent environment, without the backing or safety net of an established news organization. Launched a year and a half ago, backed by three years of venture capital, the open-source news website takes story pitches from citizens, then hires freelance journalists to follow up to create what it calls “a vibrant, ever-evolving local news conversation among newsmakers, news-gatherers and news readers.”

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OpenFile.ca and the other 'innovators' we want to recognize for special mention, are people who are using new and emerging media technologies to expand the number of journalistic voices in this country and to redefine the relationship between journalists and citizens. In many ways, they represent the heart and soul of journalism's future.

Congratulations, Wilf Dinnick and OpenFile.ca!

Special Mention to:

 

J-Source and ProjetJ are publications of the Canadian Journalism Project, a venture among post-secondary journalism schools and programs across Canada, led by Ryerson University, Université Laval and Carleton University and supported by a group of donors.