National Newspaper Awards - 59th Awards Gala

                             FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2008

                            WESTIN HARBOUR CASTLE
                                 TORONTO, ON

    TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - The country's top prizes for journalism will be
handed out during the 59th National Newspaper Awards ceremony in Toronto on
Friday, May 9. This will mark the gala's return to Toronto for the first time
since 2003.
    The event is expected to attract a large contingent of publishers,
editors, and journalists as well corporations and people with a special
interest in newspapers.
    The National Newspaper Awards gala will conclude three days of
newspaper-related events, including the Canadian Newspaper Association's
annual Conference from May 7 to 9 and The Canadian Press Annual Dinner on May
8 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel. Details on the conference, titled "Ink
and Beyond", are at
    Linwood Barclay, the Toronto Star's humourist, Stephen Leacock award
nominee and now a best-selling mystery writer, and Christina Spencer, former
editor-in-chief of the Kingston Whig-Standard and now parliamentary
correspondent for Sun Media, will be the evening's emcees. The gala will be a
fast-paced and entertaining evening to honour the 63 finalists, three in each
of the 21 award categories. Each of the three finalists will be introduced in
video form and the surprise winner of each will be announced. This will mark
the first year for a new category, News Feature Photography.
    Prominent newspaper personalities from the past and present will serve as
presenters of the awards.
    The evening gets underway with a host reception at 5:00 p.m. It will be
followed by a banquet dinner at 6:30 and then the awards ceremony. Following
the awards show, there will be wrap-up reception and dessert.
    The evening offers an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with
people from the daily newspaper industry.
    Tickets are $175 each, plus GST. Tables of 10 can be purchased for
$1,750, plus 5% GST. To reserve, contact Bryan Cantley, NNA Secretary, at
416-575-5377 (, or Lee White, NNA Administrative
Assistant, at 416-923-3567, ext. 228 (

For further information:

For further information: Bryan Cantley, NNA Secretary, at (416)
575-5377,, or Lee White, NNA Administrative Assistant, at
(416) 923-3567, ext. 228,

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