OTTAWA, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - CNW/ Broadcast journalist Dawna Friesen -
Anchor and Executive Editor of Global News' national evening news
program, Global National - will announce the winners of Canada's top
investigative journalism awards during the 2012 Canadian Association of
Journalists' awards dinner and gala this April in Toronto.
The conference, which is being held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
from April 27-29, will offer three days of workshops, panels, speakers
and training on crucial developments in the news industry, such as:
connecting with the mobile audience,
the future of radio morning shows,
speed-dating with top manager and editors,
how to survive the aftermath of covering traumatic events and wars.
Friesen, who joined Global in September 2010 after spending 11 years as
a foreign correspondent and anchor with NBC, will host the awards
dinner and gala Saturday evening.
"It's a pleasure to be involved in the CAJ gala, celebrating the talent,
perseverance and hard work of Canadian journalists," Friesen said.
This year, two new awards will be handed out at the event: the jhr / CAJ
Award for Human Rights Reporting, and the CWA Canada / CAJ Labour
Reporting Award. These new awards join the program thanks to their
sponsoring partners, jhr | journalists for human rights and CWA Canada
and its largest local, the Canadian Media Guild.
Registration is now open for the 2012 Toronto conference, where hundreds of working journalists,
educators and journalism students will mingle, learn new techniques and
discuss current issues affecting the industry. Early bird rates are
available until April 5.
The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for
journalists from all media, representing almost 600 members across the
country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide public-interest
advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.
Bio — Anchor and Executive Editor of Global News Dawna Friesen
Dawna Friesen served as a foreign correspondent and anchor for NBC for
11 years. Appearing on NBC News, Today and MSNBC, she travelled
extensively covering many international news stories, including the
Israeli Palestinian conflict and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Prior to joining NBC, Friesen worked in Toronto at CTV as a national
correspondent, anchor and back-up host for Canada AM. In addition, she
served as a Parliamentary reporter in CTV's Ottawa bureau, and as a
reporter and anchor for CBC-TV in Vancouver. Friesen began her
journalism career in 1985 at a newspaper in Portage la Prairie before
moving on to radio and television stations in Brandon, Saskatoon,
Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. Born in Winnipeg, Friesen grew up on a farm
in Manitoba and graduated with a degree in communications from Red
River College. In 1993, she received a Southam Fellowship for
Journalists from Massey College / University of Toronto.
Image with caption: "Anchor and Executive Editor of Global News Dawna Friesen (CNW Group/Canadian Association of Journalists)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120221_C6127_PHOTO_EN_10283.jpg
SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists
For further information:
For more information or to sponsor the conference, please contact:
Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president, 519-756-2020 ext. 2226, 519-535-8680 cell firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellin Bessner, 2012 conference committee, 416-289-5000 ext. 8826, email@example.com
Shauna Rempel, 2012 conference committee, 416-869-4300 firstname.lastname@example.org
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