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J-SOURCE EDITORS, PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS ROBERT LEWIS, CHAIR, THE CANADIAN JOURNALISM FOUNDATION 10/23/2012
SUBJECT: CJP FUNDING 2012-2013
I am writing to you as a valued partner in a project that The Canadian Journalism Foundation has been proud to lead for the past seven years. Yes, that is when we joined representatives of journalism schools across Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists to launch what is now known as the Canadian Journalism Project (CJP), websites J-Source.ca and Projetj.ca. Ever since, the two sites have been exemplars of what can be achieved when people and organizations with a common ambition come together and pool their resources. Journalism schools and organizations have supplied the editorial leadership and content to date, while the CJF has housed the projects, provided administrative support, and contributed almost $600,000 to editorial staffing, technology and other expenses, with steadily increasing sums coming from external sponsors. I am pleased to say that the CJF Board, meeting in September, agreed to continue to fund the projects for the coming year, ending December 2013. We have just renewed two important donors for another year, John Honderich and RBC. This represents the eighth straight year of CJF funding, far exceeding the original intention that CJF would only kick start the project. Now that it is well established, the Board has decided that the time has come to pursue alternatives to the project’s current structure and funding model, with a view to the CJF ceasing to be the principal funder after 2013. The CJF Board is committed to supporting the CJP through its next phase and is confident that in collaboration with our partners, we can create a sustainable funding model for this important national project. Sincerely,
Robert Lewis, Chair, The Canadian Journalism Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org