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The Webster Chronicle - The Jack Webster Foundation
The Webster Chronicle
www.jackwebster.com
October 24, 2011
Quid Nunc?
Mel wins the Hutch
Mel Rothenburger was fired from
his job as Editor at a Prince George
newspaper. That was more than 40
years ago. And it was a good thing.
A good thing for Kamloops
because that city became home to a
young journalist who believed above
all else that integrity mattered. A
good thing for journalism in British
Columbia because it gained a
champion who still believes
passionately in his community and
the audience he serves. Reporter,
editor, columnist, historian and more
recently webmaster and blogger,
Mel Rothenburger defines the
importance of local news.
Back in the late ‘60s, B.C.’s
legendary beer baron, Ben Ginter,
owner of the Prince George
newspaper, discovered soon enough
that his editor was no pushover.
Annoyed because his paper
published a picture of someone at
the Williams Lake Stampede who
happened to be holding a competing
brand of beer, Ginter order Mel to
fire the offending photographer.
Replied Mel, “If he’s fired, then I’m
fired.” And so it began.
Mel packed up the car and drove
south to Kamloops where he landed
a job with the Kamloops News
Advertiser, later to be known as the
Kamloops Daily News. Since his
arrival in 1970 the newspaper has
grown from a weekly to a daily with
Mel serving at times as reporter,
editor, owner and columnist. Not
content to wind down his activity on
the Daily News, Mel has stepped up
his contribution in recent years. He
has increased his column from one
to three times a week and added
webmaster, blogger and occasional
tweeter to his repertoire as he
continues to lead the newspaper into
the world of new media.
Over the years, Mel’s passion for
his community has reached far
beyond the confines of the editor’s
desk at the Kamloops Daily News.
In the mid-’70s he served as a
journalism instructor at Cariboo
College and later was a key player in
the development of the journalism
program at Thomson Rivers
University. But the love of working
in a local newsroom was hard to
resist so it was back to the Kamloops
Daily News in 1976 and strong
period of growth through the next 20
years until the late ‘90s, when
politics came calling.
His background in education
contributed to a successful bid for a
seat on the Kamloops School Board
where he served as chairman for two
years. Soon, it was on to the top job
in City Hall. Mel served two terms
as Mayor from 1999 to 2005. But it
was always his plan to return to
journalism and he did just that when
he rejoined the Kamloops Daily
News as Editor the following year.
Many might ask, how do you
reconcile jumping from chief
watchdog to chief politician and back
again? Mel thinks there isn’t that
much difference between politicians
and journalists and, in fact, believes
they play similar roles. Here’s how he
explained it to Kamloops Daily News
reporter, Michele Young: “That
might seem like an extreme
comparison or a strange one, because
we tend to be at odds with each other
so often, but really we’re cut from the
same cloth in the sense that we’re
very community minded and very
driven to be involved in our
communities in a way that makes
those communities better.”
And you can be sure Mel knows
what he’s talking about when the
subject is Kamloops. He is the
author of four books chronicling the
city’s colourful history and some of
its equally colourful personalities.
No matter what hat he wears, it is
Mel’s belief in community and his
love of Kamloops in particular that
drive him. He has been awarded the
Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Heritage
Society of B.C. Outstanding
Achievement Award, The Rotary
International Paul Harris Fellowship
and the BC Community Newspaper
Association’s Eric Dunning Integrity
Award.
As for the most recent honour, the
Lifetime Achievement Award from
the Jack Webster Foundation, he’s
honoured and humbled of course.
But is he hanging up his hat? Not on
your life.
Lloyd Robertson: Canada’s
celebrated news anchor
Tonight’s Guest Speaker is a
Canadian broadcasting legend who
is the longest-serving TV news
anchor in history.
Lloyd Robertson stepped down
from the top CTV News job in
September, capping a career that
began in radio in hometown
Stratford, Ont. in 1952, continued
into early television in 1954 and that
ultimately led to the top broadcasting
spots at CBC and CTV with firsthand coverage of all the big stories
of our time. (He’ll still continue to
host W5 and take on special
assignments from time to time.)
In a career that spans 60 years,
Robertson has no trouble fixing the
three most significant moments.
Covering the first moon landing in
1969, Robertson walked out to the
parking lot and gazed up in wonder to
the night sky. “I had to pinch myself
and say ‘How could I be this lucky?’ ”
Like all Canadians he was
touched by the courageous run and
very public death of Terry Fox,
which he covered closely (he was
honorary chairperson for the 1992
Terry Fox Run). And his in-depth
coverage of the events of 9/11 made
him realize instantly how our lives
would be changed.
Robertson’s work has been
recognized by numerous organizations—the Canadian Association of
Broadcasters, the Geminis, the RadioTelevision News Directors Association
– but it is the Order of Canada that he
received in 1998 and the conferring of
an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree
from Victoria’s Royal Roads
University in 2006 that have given
him the greatest pleasure.
Broadcast technology changes
Bruce Hutchison and Jack Webster, 1991.
Salute to our Sponsors
Lloyd Robertson
have been rapid and varied during
Robertson’s remarkable career: TV
screens went from black-and-white
to colour; broadcasts went from live
to videotape and digital recording,
and distance was traversed by wire,
then satellites and now the Internet.
These advancements have all
continually improved the viewer’s
ability “to not only see the news, but
to feel it,” Robertson says.
Ultimately, technology is just the
servant of committed and hardworking journalists.
“The event that took television from
being a ‘vast wasteland’ to a powerful
medium was the Kennedy assassination
in 1963. All that live coverage over
three days changed everything.”
Robertson has fond memories of
crossing paths with his fellow
broadcaster, the late Jack Webster.
“Jack proved to us all that the
good communicator has to be
himself,” Robertson says. “He was
the flipside of phony and could spot
one miles away.”
It takes uncommon journalistic commitment to win a
Webster award; it takes outstanding community commitment
to keep the Jack Webster Foundation on a solid footing.
“In 25 years of supporting excellence in B.C. journalism,
the Jack Webster Foundation has in turn been supported
by leading British Columbia organizations,” says David
Hoff, Chair of the foundation’s Sponsorship Committee.
They are FortisBC, the foundation’s longest-standing
supporter (with us since 1989), followed by CN, Labatt
Breweries, Worksafe BC, Port Metro Vancouver, BCLC, the
Certified General Accountants Association of Canada
(which supports the foundation in partnership with its
provincial counterpart), HSBC Bank Canada, Teck and our
most recent addition, TELUS.
“All of us on the Board of Trustees extend our sincere
thanks and appreciation to these sponsors for their
tremendous, ongoing support,” says Hoff. “We are proud to
display the corporate emblems you see below.”
our hosts
Gloria and
Tony take on
the Websters
Tony Parsons
and
Gloria
Macarenko,
co-hosts
of
CBC
News
Vancouver at
5, 5:30 and 6,
are appearing
Gloria Macarenko
together on the
We b s t e r
Awards stage
for the first
t i m e .
Individually,
however, these
veteran news
anchors have
graced
our Tony Parsons
stage
many
times.
Gloria received a Webster Award
for Best News reporting in 2002.
Tony was honoured with the Bruce
Hutchison Lifetime Achievement
Award in 2004. Gloria also points
out that this is her third time hosting
or co-hosting the Webster Awards
dinner.
Gloria’s career in journalism
spans nearly 30 years, 22 of which
have been with the CBC. She has
twice been nominated for Gemini
Awards for “Best News Anchor in
Canada” and has won a Leo Award
for “Best Anchor in a News
Program”, an honour she shared
with her former co-anchor, Ian
Hanomansing. She has served as a
guest anchor on The National, for
which she notably covered the
disastrous crash of Swissair Flight
111 for five hours. This broadcast
received both the RTNDA and
Gemini Awards for “Best Live
News Coverage Award.”
Of Jack Webster and the Webster
Awards, she says, “Jack set the
standard for journalism in this
province and it is heartening to see
the legacy carry on.”
Unlikely as it may seem, Tony
Parsons, the urbane prototype of a
television news anchor, began his
career in broadcasting as a country/
western disc jockey at an Ontario
radio station. He arrived in
Vancouver in 1975 as west coast
correspondent for CTV News. He
soon got the news anchor spot at
BCTV (now Global) and kept it for
35 years. He joined CBC in April
2010 and in addition to his duties
there he anchors the 10 pm newscast
at CHEK TV in Victoria. He was
inducted into the Broadcasters Hall
of Fame in 2009.
Tony shared a newsroom with
Jack Webster for a number of years
and heard from friends that “Jack
once said I was doing an okay job.”
Of Gloria, he says, “She’s taller
and makes more money than me;
we are friends and enjoy working
together.”
We look forward to both these
pros guiding us through our evening.
Jack Webster Awards Dinner
October 24, 2011
2011 We bs ter
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CKNW
Whistler Sled Dog
Killings
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Katie DeRosa, Lindsay
Kines, Jack Knox,
Judith Lavoie, Les
Leyne, Rob Shaw
Victoria Times Colonist
Sandra Thomas
News Team
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Series on Steeves
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Vote
Double Plane Crash
Robert Pickton and
BC’s Patchwork
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BEST NEWS REPORTING
Television
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and News Team
Presented in memory of
Keith Bradbury
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Shachi Kurl,
Stephen Andrew
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Lisa Johnson,
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CBC News Vancouver
(now CTV Vancouver Island)
Migrant Ship
Approaches
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BEST Feature
Print
Mystery Money
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One Big Idea series
Denise Ryan
Ros Guggi, John Fuller,
Sam Cooper, Cheryl
Chan, Arlen Redekop,
Bill Keay, Ginger
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The Vancouver Sun
Very Few Men The
Same As They Were
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Our Growing
Challenge
Dan Burritt
BEST Feature
Radio
News1130
Chuck Davis Tribute
Linda Aylesworth,
Sergio Magro,
Darren Twiss
BEST Feature
Television
Global BC
Beyond Fair Trade:
How Coffee Raised a
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Yvonne Gall
Pamela Post
CBC Radio
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No Fixed Address
The Incredible
Shrinking Man
Curt Petrovich,
Cedric Monteiro,
Dennis Genereux,
Michelle Billman,
Bradley Stewart
Kelvin Redvers
CTV BC–First Story
Death of a Carver
CBC
Amanda’s Story
The Untold Story: the first Webster Dinner
It was the inaugural Jack
Webster dinner, intended to
celebrate excellence in
journalism,
and
Jack
Webster was perturbed. He
had a brief chat with
Darlene Haber, the only
television reporter covering
the event, and she ran for
the phone.
At the other end of the
phone call was John Daly,
watching television with his
son, Erin, who was already in his
pyjamas. He was not keen to get them
both dressed and head to the Hyatt where
dinner for 250 was already underway.
The problem was, Daly was about
to be announced as the winner of the
first ever Webster Award—and he
wasn’t even in the room!
Recalls Daly, “For some reason
there was either little or no interest in
us [BCTV] being part of this award in
general…the cameraman Bill Szczur,
felt badly it wasn’t being submitted.”
Szczur insisted and it was.
Cameron Bell, then News Director
at BCTV, remembers the “Winterton
Affair” story well: “It was really
outstanding…[Vancouver Police Chief
Don] Winterton was working in his
yard and had his head in a hole in the
ground. When Daly arrived he
wouldn’t come out so Daly stuck the
mike into the hole.”
Rick Ouston was one of the
finalists that first year and he
remembers being enthralled with the
A Professional Development
Opportunity for BC Journalists
A word about
Jack Webster,
CM 1918-1999
Jack spent a total of 68 years in the
news business, 40 of them in
Canada, first in print, then in radio
and television.
The
Left to right: Mark Hume,
Doug Todd, Jack Webster,
John Daly and Rick Ouston
whole thing. “Webster was my
boyhood hero…so I was deeply
honoured to be nominated; I wish I
had won.” His story, for the CBC,
was an expose of people using free
speech to hide a racist agenda.
Mark Hume doesn’t recall his
story but clearly remembers how
impressed he was that Webster had
read or screened all the finalist pieces,
including Doug Todd’s piece on
research into schizophrenia.
The notion of the Jack Webster
awards was born in the aftermath of a
lavish dinner honouring Jack himself for
his contributions to the city. Organizers
included Jean Cormier, Bryan Williams,
Kyle Mitchell, Kathie Taylor and many,
many others. Everyone agrees that the
concept took some time to be accepted
before it became the signature event for
BC journalism.
son
of
a
Clydeside
ironturner, he was a Canadian
In celebration of its 25th year, the
Jack Webster Foundation is bringing
the Poynter Institute to Vancouver
on Nov. 1 for two free seminars.
Founded in 1975,
the renowned
Poynter Institute in
St. Petersburg, Florida,
is dedicated to teaching and
inspiring journalists and
media leaders.
For more information,
visit jackwebster.com
To register, visit
jackwebster.com/seminar
or call 604-261-6184
featured presenter
Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty,
Poynter Institute
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
UBC Robson Square
8:30am–11:30am
One Story Seven Ways
Move a story BEYOND to engage the
audience in different ways.
1:30pm–4:30pm
Ten Commandments of Video
for all media
Whether you use a cell phone or high
quality broadcast camera, this high-energy
and interactive session is for you.
media giant who pioneered talk
radio and television. Hundreds of
thousands of listeners and viewers
tuned in eagerly to hear his
abrasive Scots baritone champion
the cause of the little guy. He won
most of the major Canadian radio
and television awards. He was a
“reporter’s reporter.” His friend
Bill Good said at his wake: “He
made
ordinary
people
feel
important, and he could make
people who felt important seem
ordinary. And that was a gift.” We
believe it will always be said of
Jack
Webster,
proud
British
Columbian, that his voice made a
difference.
Jack Webster Awards Dinner
October 24, 2011
Award Finalis t s
David Baines
Jack Webster
Business, Industry
and Economics Award
The Vancouver Sun
Ontario Promoter
Ruins Burnaby
Woman
Endowed by Jean Cormier
Daniel Wood
Joel McKay
The Georgia Straight
Business in Vancouver
Ye Olde Liquor Rules
Still Sting
Chasing Prosperity
Best Reporting
Chinese Language
Audrea Chan,
Chung En Lee
Magazine 26
Fairchild TV
The Forgotten
Horizon
Endora Fan, Johann
Chang, Nelson Wong,
Eric Lai, Joe Chan,
Charles Mak
Omni BC Television
(Cantonese Edition)
Audrea Chan
Magazine 26
Fairchild TV
Rethink Asia
Earthquake Preparedness:
Harm Reduction
Jesse Ferreras
Jack Webster Award
for Community
Reporting
Pique Newsmagazine
Whistler Blackcomb
Goes Public
Jack Webster Award
for excellence in
Legal Journalism
Louise Dickson
Times Colonist
Crisis in BC Courts
Sponsored by the
Law Society of BC
Tyler Olsen
Jon Steinman
Roberta Staley
Bob Keating
Chilliwack Times
Kootenay Co-op
Radio CJLY
The Georgia Straight
CBC Radio Nelson
Crime and Injustice
Banishment
Growing Concern
Local Food Fraud?
An Investigation
News Team
Jack Webster Award
for Excellence in
Multimedia Journalism
VancouverSun.com
Japan Earthquake
and Tsunami
Coverage
Chad Skelton,
Gillian Burnett
Cale Cowan, Philip
Wolf, Walter Cordery,
Shari Cummins, Chris
Koehn, Derek Spalding,
Paul Walton
The Vancouver Sun
Daycare Rating
Database
Jack Webster
Award for Science,
Technology, Health
and Environment
Scott Simpson
The Vancouver Sun
MDA Eyes New
Frontier in Space
Nanaimo Daily News
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
Bruce Hutchison
Len Norris
Warren Barker
Jim Hume
Moira Farrow
George Garrett
Denny Boyd
Dan McLeod
1999
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
Cameron Bell
Keith Bradbury
Roy Peterson
Patrick Nagle
Alan Fotheringham
Rafe Mair
Tony Parsons
Vicki Gabereau
A Poynter Experience
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
On the last day of a week-long seminar, Narrative Writing, one of my classmates stood up and
tearfully told the group that his week at Poynter was one of the best of his life.
I felt the exact same way.
I’ve heard Poynter described as “Disneyland for journalists” and it’s not far off. It’s a place
dedicated to the creation and promotion of exemplary journalism through meticulous reporting
and innovative storytelling. I was reminded how important the work is that we do and how a wellcrafted story can not only maximize its impact, but also make the work more fulfilling on a personal
level.
At Poynter, I learned to look at news in a whole new light and since returning to my newsroom
have been able to find stories in places I never would have thought to look before and assemble
them to not just be informative, but entertaining. So often we overlook the craft of writing in our
newsrooms. Poynter outfitted me with the tools to bring those two elements together and do it on
a deadline. And the courage to “zag” when everyone else “zigs.”
Equally valuable was the time spent with my classmates in and out of the seminar. Regardless of
whether you worked in a one-man newsroom in rural Colorado, an alternative weekly in Vancouver,
or at the Wall Street Journal, we were all equals sharing the same passion for our work and struggling
with the same demands. It was an invaluable experience I will hold on to for a long, long time.
My utmost thanks to the Webster Foundation for its support of continuing education in
journalism; my only regret is that not every BC reporter can have such an experience.
Randy Shore, Tiffany Crawford,
Andrea Woo, Peter McKnight,
Craig McInnes, Stephen Hume,
Harvey Enchin, John Mackie,
Mia Stainsby, Christina
Frangou, Pamela Fayerman
Presented in memory
of Linda Webster
In the tradition of compelling personal
commentary for which Jack Webster was so
well known, the City Mike Award recognizes
commentators who regularly offer their
opinions in print or broadcast media. Unlike
other Webster award categories, no finalists
will be announced, only the winner.
2010 City Mike recipient
Gary Mason
The Globe & Mail
Vaughn Palmer
Jim Harrison
Steve Wyatt
Bill Good
Jim Taylor
Mel Rothenburger
Jessica Barrett, WE Vancouver
Black Blood –
Tainted Land, Dying
Caribou
Sugar Rush
The Bruce Hutchison ‘Hutch’ Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipients 1991–2011
CTV BC–First Story
The Vancouver Sun
Nanaimo Daily News
Live Election Debates
In 1991, the Jack Webster Foundation established a lifetime achievement award and presented
it to Canadian journalism legend and the award’s namesake, Bruce Hutchison. Hutchison’s
writing career stretched from 1918 at the Victoria Times to 1992 at the Vancouver Sun. In
between, he worked for the Province, Winnipeg Free Press, Financial Post and Maclean’s. He
wrote more than a dozen books, received three National Newspaper Awards, four honourary
university degrees and three Governor General awards. His published opinions helped shape
Canadian public policy for several generations and his writing about the land and its people
have had a major influence on the way we think about who we are and what we might become.
Kelvin Redvers
The Webster Foundation Has Its Own Stars
Over the last 25 years,
the
Websters
has
recognized
literally
hundreds of stars in the
print and broadcast
media firmament. But
the foundation has its
own stars as well.
Without the work of Connie Monk
Connie Monk and Fred
Cawsey, the show would not go on.
Since 1997, former award-winning
CBC broadcaster Monk has produced the
informative, tightly-scripted videos on
those nominated for awards, no mean feat
considering the pressures of time and
space fitting them into one brief evening.
What’s equally remarkable is that she does
it every year despite her demanding life as
Program Head of Broadcast and Online
Journalism at BCIT, mentor, and a mother.
Fred Cawsey has
seen a lot over the last
four decades including
producing video tributes
for no fewer than 14
Hutchison
Lifetime
Achievement
Award
winners. He understands
intimately what they
Fred Cawsey
have achieved, bringing
to the task a wealth of experience, working
as a news reporter for CBC Vancouver in
the ‘70s and ‘80s, and producing an
impressive body of work ever since through
Front Runner Productions.
Without Fred and Connie’s labour,
tonight’s presentation—or those over the
last several years recognizing the best of
BC journalism—would not exist. The
Foundation is grateful for their dedication.
2011 Jack Webster Awards Dinner
October 24, 2011
Tonight’s Program
The program will be presented before, during and
after the courses of the Dinner.
The Jack Webster
Foundation
Trustees 2011
Trustee and son of Foundation namesake
Don Babick, Co-Chair
Cam Avery
Dan Burnett
Steve Crombie
David Hoff
Anne McMullin
Andy Smith
Debora Sweeney
Steve Wyatt
City Mike Award
Jury Panel 2011
Gloria Macarenko and Tony Parsons
Hosts
A Scottish Greeting
Members of the RCMP E. Divison Pipe Band
Welcome
Jack Webster
Presented by Iona Campagnolo and Stephen Owen
Jack Webster Award for Science, Technology, Health and Environment
Presented by Jennifer Gardy and Rick Rake
Best Reporting Chinese Language
Presented by David Choi and Andrew Yang
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Multimedia Journalism
Presented by Alfred Hermida and Richard Smith
Jack Webster Award for Business, Industry and Economics
Presented by Maurice Bridge and Moura Quayle
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism
Presented by Tom Gove
Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by Don Babick and Scott Macrae, Co-chairs
Remarks
Helen Slinger, Chair
Maurice Bridge
David Choi
Tom Gove
Alfred Hermida
Paula Martin
Kyle Mitchell
Stephen Owen
Geoff Plant
Al Price
Rick Rake
Jerry Thompson
Glenn Wong
Alison Yesilcimen
Scott Macrae, Co-Chair
Michael Bernard
Bruce Charlish
Sarah Goodman
George Madden
Joanna Piros
Neil Soper
Jack Webster
Ernest Yee
Brian Antonson
Iona Campagnolo
Jennifer Gardy
Neil Graham
Michael Kane
Jack McGee
John Nightingale
Maureen Palmer
Gordon Price
Moura Quayle
Richard Smith
Jerry Wasserman
Andrew Yang
Communication Design Sponsor
Leap Creative Group
Communication Sponsor
Lloyd Robertson
Guest Speaker
Jack Webster Award for Community Reporting
Presented by Al Price and Alison Yesilcimen
Best Feature of the Year–Radio
Presented by Neil Graham and Glenn Wong
Best Feature of the Year–Television
Presented by Jack McGee and Paula Martin
Best Feature of the Year –Print
Presented by Gordon Price
Contributors to the 2011 Awards Dinner
Special thanks to Transcontinental Printing Inc. for printing
The Webster Chronicle
Manning Elliot
Pacific Newspaper Group
The Vancouver Sun
Contemporary Communications
Global BC
Owen Bird
The Province
Business in Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Finalists and 25th Anniversary Video Production
Best News Reporting of the Year–Radio
Presented by Brian Antonson and Geoff Plant
Best News Reporting of the Year–Television
Presented by John Nightingale and Maureen Palmer
Best News Reporting of the Year–Print
Presented by Kyle Mitchell and Jerry Thompson
Prize Draw
Connie Monk with help from
Johnny Michel and his CBC team of Ken Golemba, Brenda
Kilpatrick, Marc Lefebvre and editor extraordinaire Tristan
Le Rudulier
Mel Rothenburger Video
Fred Cawsey and Front Runner Productions
Thanks to Mayor Peter Milobar, Susan Duncan, Councillor John
De Cicco, Tim Shoults and The Kamloops Daily news room
The Webster Chronicle and Web Site Design Team
Dave Thomson and Gordon Quan
David Thomson Photography & Design
Around the Websters
Professional Development
Fellowships
In 2001, Margo Harper became the
first fellowship candidate to receive
funding from the Jack Webster
Foundation using it to study
“Restorative Justice” in Australia.
Since then, more than $180,000 has
been presented to 49 journalists and
journalism educators for professional
development.
This year, six BC journalists
travelled to St. Petersburg, Florida for
short term study at the Poynter
Institute: Jessica Barrett, WE
Vancouver; Sharron Bates, Global
TV; Robert Doane, CBC Radio Prince
George; Sandra Hermiston, CTV,
Dene Moore, The Canadian Press,
and Katie Mercer, The Province.
Bates noted “there are so many
talented teachers and students at the
Poynter that you can’t help but want to
learn. You emerge eager to implement
your newfound knowledge.”
The Jack Webster Foundation also
presented funding to Gordon
Hoekstra of the Prince George Citizen
for a course at TRU Open Learning.
The deadline for 2012 submissions
for the Jack Webster Foundation
Professional Development Fellowships is February 6, 2012.
Student Journalism Awards
Six BC students from five BC
journalism schools have been named
recipients of the 2011 Jack Webster
Foundation Student Journalism
Awards: Lisa Hale and Calyn Shaw,
UBC; Kimiya Shokoohi, Kwantlen
Polytechnic University; Carmen
Weld, BCIT; Jason Perry, Thompson
Rivers University; and Emma
Crawford, Langara College.
The Hospital Employees Union has
been a major supporter of the awards
since 2006, sponsoring three students
this year. The Dennis Skulsky Fund
and the Greg Matheson Fund each
fund an award along with longtime
supporter BC Hydro. Each student
receives $2,000 towards tuition.
Law and the Media Workshop
The Jack Webster Foundation in
partnership with The Law Society of
BC presented a free workshop on
June 22, 2011 to over 60 journalists:
Socially Sound, Legally Smart: The
Legal Implications of Journalism in
an On-line Age. The workshop
explored the issue of instant news,
libel law and the legal implications of
social and other forms of new media
technology on journalism today.
The workshop featured an expert
panel from BC’s journalism and legal
community:
•The Honourable Mr. Justice
Geoffrey Gaul
•Robert Anderson, QC, media lawyer
•Kim Bolan, columnist and blogger,
Vancouver Sun
•Dan Burnett, media lawyer
•Therese Lalonde, CBC reporter and
social media trainer
Trustee changes
Co-Chairs Don Babick and Scott
Macrae welcomed new trustees Andy
Smith, Ernest Yee and Steve Wyatt to
the Board of the Jack Webster
Foundation. Smith is President & CEO
of BC Maritime Employers Association. Yee is Vice President Corporate
Affairs at HSBC Bank Canada. Wyatt,
former News Director of Global TV
and Senior VP of Global Television
News, is currently a partner at Prime
Time Communications Inc. Wyatt
received the Foundation’s Bruce
Hutchison Lifetime Achievement
Award in 2008. Continuing trustees are
Cam Avery, Mike Bernard, Dan
Burnett, Bruce Charlish, Steve
Crombie, Sarah Goodman, David
Hoff,
George
Madden, Anne
McMullin, Joanna Piros, Neil Soper,
Deb Sweeney and Jack Webster.
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Nora Newlands
Executive Director
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Email: [email protected]
www.jackwebster.com
Enter the 2012 Webster Awards
Your best work for the period June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012 may be the best
of its kind. Plan to enter the 2012 Jack Webster Awards. For more details, visit
www.jackwebster.com and you could take home a Webster next year.
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