Global National Anchor Dawna Friesen to host CAJ awards dinner and gala in Toronto, April 28, 2012

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:

  • Data-mining,
  • entrepreneurial journalism,
  • 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:

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

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For more information or to sponsor the conference, please contact:

Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president, 519-756-2020 ext. 2226, 519-535-8680 cell
Ellin Bessner, 2012 conference committee, 416-289-5000 ext. 8826,
Shauna Rempel, 2012 conference committee, 416-869-4300

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