Canadian Association of Journalists names new president

    OTTAWA, June 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists announced
today that Winnipeg Free Press reporter Mary Agnes Welch has been named the
new president of the association.
    "Good journalism is one of Canada's greatest tools for accountability in
public and private institutions," said Welch. "With new technology, increased
ownership concentration and renewed attempts by governments to limit access to
public information, the CAJ's role in fighting for high quality journalism is
more important than ever. I look forward to working with our membership to
make sure Canadians can continue to rely on some of the best journalism in the
    Welch, the association's first president from Manitoba, has worked for
the Winnipeg Free Press since 2002, first as a city hall reporter before
moving into her current role covering the provincial legislature. She
previously worked at the Windsor Star and in Texas after graduating from
Columbia University in New York with a Master's degree in journalism in 1997.
    Welch has served on the CAJ's national board of directors since 2005
after co-organizing the association's main annual conference in Winnipeg that
same year and working with the Manitoba chapter. Welch chairs the
association's policy committee and has been leading the body to develop a
series of policy papers on matters of journalistic importance.
    Welch assumes the presidency from Paul Schneidereit, who remains on the
association's board of directors.
    The CAJ is also pleased to announce its newly elected executive and board

    Past President: Paul Schneidereit (Chronicle Herald, Halifax)
    Chairman: Saleem Khan (Independent, Toronto)
    Vice-president: Jennifer Fowler (CBC TV, Toronto)
    Secretary-Treasurer: Kerry Diotte (Edmonton Sun, Edmonton)
    Communications co-ordinator & 2nd VP: Hugo Rodrigues (Woodstock Sentinel-
    Review, Woodstock, Ont.)

    Dale Bass (Kamloops This Week, Kamloops, B.C.)
    Harvey Cashore (CBC TV, Toronto)
    Murray Brewster (Broadcast News, Ottawa)
    Robert Frank (Independent, Montreal)
    Sue Montgomery (Montreal Gazette, Montreal)
    Heather Robinson (CBC TV, Saint John, N.B.)
    Rachel Boomer (Daily News, Halifax)

    The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization
with some 1,500 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary role is to
provide-public interest advocacy and high quality professional development for
its members.

For further information:

For further information: Mary Agnes Welch, president, CAJ, (204)
943-6575; Saleem Khan, chairman, CAJ, (416) 494-0908; John Dickins, executive
director, CAJ, (613) 868-5442

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