/R E P E A T -- Announcing CEMA journalism awards for 2009/

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Canadian journalists are invited to submit a
published article, broadcast piece or web article on diversity, to the annual
CEMA (Canadian Ethnic Media Association) Awards.
    Awards are open to all. The items must have been published or broadcast
in Canada during the period from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. In
order to stimulate the widest possible competition, journalists who have won
previous awards two or more times cannot be considered.
    Two awards in each medium are chosen by the jury and will be presented at
the CEMA Awards Gala on Friday, June 26, 2009.
    The juried awards are given for stories that best represent Canada's
multicultural nature or that inform the audience on a particular ethnocultural
    In addition, the Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award in honour of CEMA'S founder,
goes to a single person based on a body of work celebrating Canada's
    Entry forms - accessible at www.canadianethnicmedia.com - are accepted
until Thursday, April 30, 2009. Send three copies of entries to: Doreen
Vanini, 250 St. Clair Ave. W., Suite 306, Toronto, ON, M4V 1R6.
    The winners will be notified by mid-May and invited to attend the awards
event on Friday, June 26, 2009 which marks the 31st ceremony of the

    The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA), formerly the Canadian
Ethnic Journalists and Writers Club, is an organization for professionals
engaged in the field of print and electronic journalism and creative writing.
    CEMA upholds the principles of Canadian citizenship and multiculturalism
and maintains the right of freedom of expression without ethnocentric bias.
    In 1978, Sierhey Khmara (Marian) Ziniak, editor/publisher of the
Byelorussian Voice, poet and essayist, founded the Canadian Ethnic Journalists
and Writers Club (now CEMA). Marian Ziniak believed there should be an
inclusive organization for ethnic journalists who practised in all media:
print, radio and television. He also felt that there should be a place in the
Club for men and women writers of poetry, non-fiction and fiction.


For further information:

For further information: Doreen Vanini, Secretary, CEMA, (416) 962-7852,

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