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TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - Famed political journalist Robert MacNeil,
longtime foreign correspondent Patrick Brown and Global National anchor
Dawna Friesen are among the renowned journalists taking part in the
14th annual Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) Annual Awards Gala on
June 7, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
The CJF's Annual Awards Gala is the industry's must-attend event, where
Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Over 400 of the
country's business and media luminaries will join together to celebrate
excellence in journalism and honour those who've made significant
contributions to journalism throughout their careers.
The foundation announced earlier this year that Patrick Brown is the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. Reporting for CBC and its French-language network SRC in both of
Canada's official languages for over 30 years, Brown has covered major
events in dozens of countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
"I have always been in awe of Patrick for his brilliance and
professionalism as a journalist," says Tony Burman, former
editor-in-chief and executive director of CBC News, now managing
director of Al Jazeera English. "As a colleague, I learned so much from
him in the field. And I know that many Canadians learned about the
world from him through his work."
The CJF is also pleased to award this year's Honorary Tribute to Robert MacNeil, award-winning television news anchor, author and journalist. Born in
Montreal and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, MacNeil started his
journalism career in the 50s in London, UK and joined PBS in 1971.
There he teamed with Jim Lehrer to co-anchor the network's Emmy-winning
coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings and launch the MacNeil/Lehrer Report. Now living in New York City, MacNeil will return to his native Canada
to be honoured by his peers at the gala.
Our host this year will be Global National executive editor and anchor, Dawna Friesen. For 11 years, Friesen served as a foreign correspondent and anchor for
NBC, covering many international news stories including the Israeli
Palestinian conflict and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. When she
joined Global in 2010, she became Canada's first female, full-time,
solo, weeknight, English-language, national news anchor.
Other awards that will be presented at the event include the Excellence in Journalism Award - which will be awarded to winners in two categories: large media and
small media - the Greg Clark Award, the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, the Canadian Journalism Fellowships, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and the Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Fellowship.
For more information, visit http://cjfgala.ca or follow #cjfgala.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation thanks the following organizations
for their support of the awards gala: Labatt; Waste Management Canada; Barrick; BMO Financial Group; Sunlife; Thomson Reuters; Medtronic of Canada. Thank you also to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Le Devoir, CNW
Group and CBC News for their in-kind donations.
About the Canadian Journalism Foundation
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit
organization that promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating
outstanding journalistic achievement through an annual awards program;
by operating journalism websites, J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca
(French), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools;
and by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists,
business people, politicians, government officials and academics about
the role of the media in Canadian society.
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