The Elmina (Elliott) Atkinson Award
Awarded annually to a prospective or current female journalism student who has demonstrated a proven interest in social justice reporting.
Elmina S. (Elliott) Atkinson was a crusading journalist and wife of legendary Toronto Star publisher Joseph E. Atkinson. Her career included work at the former Saturday Night magazine and the Toronto Globe, which would become the Globe and Mail, and where she met her husband to be, according to the Toronto Star.
Writing for the Toronto Daily Star, under the pen name Madge Merton from 1900 to 1909 Elmina used her voice to campaign for the rights of women and children.
“We don’t like to see how the poor live, how their babies pine and die, how the mothers grow gaunt and hollow-eyed from care and work, and from lack of food and rest,” she wrote.
This award was initiated through financial support from the Atkinson Foundation, supported by Elmina’s descendants and is held at the Toronto Foundation.
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