2009 Jack Webster Awards launched

    VANCOUVER, May 27 /CNW/ - Deb Sweeney, Co-Chair of the Jack Webster
Foundation, today launched the 2009 Jack Webster Awards to recognize
excellence in BC print, broadcast and online journalism.
    "For the 23rd year, the Jack Webster Foundation presents its annual award
program in the name of one of BC's best-known journalists," Sweeney said.
"From 1947 to 1987, in print, open-line radio and TV, the late Jack Webster
engaged a generation of British Columbians with his hard-hitting style of
    "This year, in the spirit of Jack's ability to judge the temper of his
times, we are very pleased to announce a new award to recognize outstanding
work in BC Online Journalism."
    Eligible BC print, broadcast and online journalists can enter to win a
"Webster" statue in the following categories:

    -   News (one each for print, radio and TV),
    -   Feature (one each for print, radio and TV),
    -   Science, Technology, Health and Environment,
    -   Legal Journalism,
    -   Business, Industry and Economics,
    -   Community,
    -   Chinese Language,
    -   Commentator of the Year City Mike Award,
    -   Online Journalism (new for 2009),

    Submissions must have been aired or published between June 1, 2008 and
May 31, 2009. Deadline for entry is June 30, 2009.


    Visit the Foundation's website at www.jackwebster.com for easy access to
detailed submission information about the 2009 Jack Webster Awards.

    Jack Webster Awards Dinner

    The awards will be presented at the 2009 Jack Webster Awards Dinner on
Tuesday, October 20th in Vancouver.

    The Jack Webster Foundation was established in 1986 to recognize and
encourage excellence in journalism in British Columbia. The work of the
Foundation is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Terasen Gas, HSBC,
CN, Labatt Breweries, Port Metro Vancouver, Worksafe BC, CGA, Bell and BC
Lottery Corporation.

For further information:

For further information: Nora Newlands, Executive Director, Jack Webster
Foundation, Tel. (604) 261-6184, Fax (604) 261-1964, Email:
info@jackwebster.com, Web site: www.jackwebster.com

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