Canadian Journalism Foundation news: April 19 forum, gala preview, welcome Lauren

TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ -

Global National executive editor and anchor, Dawna Friesen, travels from Vancouver to Toronto to host the 14th Annual Awards Gala on June 7 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. MORE INFO

Robert MacNeil, this year's CJF Honorary Tribute recipient, returns to PBS NewsHour after a 15-year hiatus. read more

COMING UP at the next CJF Forum on April 19, 2011: Social Media Meets Traditional Election Coverage with Mark Blevis, Chris Boutet, Kenyon Wallace, Jesse Hirsh. REGISTER NOW

View highlights of past galas, download images and get all the news from this year's gala through our social media release. And be sure to follow #cjfgala for ongoing announcements and conversation.

CJF News

CJF honouree to return to PBS after 15-year hiatus
Award-winning television news anchor, author and journalist Robert MacNeil, co-creator of the legendary PBS show the MacNeil/Lehrer Report and recipient of this year's CJF Honorary Tribute, will return to PBS NewsHour to host a six-part series on autism beginning April 18. It will be the first time in 15 years that MacNeil has reported for the show.

The inspiration for the series and MacNeil's involvement was a personal connection to the issue: MacNeil's six-year-old grandson Nick is diagnosed with the disease.

"I've been a reporter on and off for 50 years, but I've never brought my family into a story … until Nick," MacNeil said, "because he moves me deeply."

MacNeil will also be honoured at the CJF's 14th Annual Awards Gala on June 7 in Toronto for his 40-year career in journalism. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of this accomplished Canadian. read more 

Dawna Friesen to host 14th Annual Awards Gala
The host of this year's awards gala 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. We look forward to her appearance in Toronto especially for this event. read more

JSource / ProjetJ 

Welcome to Lauren McKeon, the newest member of the J-Source editorial team
The name that you've seen on hundreds of postings for the past year has stepped down. As Associate Editor, Dana Lacey reported and edited stories about journalists, media innovations and industry news, helping J-Source attract even more readers and assert itself as the number one Canadian website about Canadian journalism. Dana has now joined Toronto new media venture ScribbleLive as its digital journalism specialist.

Our new Associate Editor is Lauren McKeon, moving from Yellowknife where she was an editor of the award-winning magazine Up Here. Lauren also works as an editor for This Magazine. She says it's taught her how to wear many hats at once -- reporting, writing, copy-editing, working with freelancers and volunteers -- exactly what she's now doing at J-Source. She arrives with a bundle of ideas to make the site an "indispensible resource" for working journalists, professors and students and a site where "journalists can have a nationwide conversation about journalism".

Welcome, Lauren, and a fond farewell to Dana -- we'll miss you.

Coming Up

Social Media Meets Traditional Election Coverage
April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Innis Town Hall, Toronto

Mark Blevis, a digital public affairs strategist whose data crunching has been sourced by the Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press and others, will share his findings on the role of social media in the election. Chris Boutet, senior producer for digital media, and Kenyon Wallace, Toronto Star online politics editor and reporter, join Mark in a discussion of Canada's first so-called "social media election" and its coverage. Jesse Hirsh, internet strategist and broadcaster, will moderate and direct the Q&A. REGISTER NOW

We regret that due to a scheduling conflict, Suzanne Legault could no longer participate in the originally scheduled program.
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