Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Scribes invasion

Downtown Toronto will be thick with newspaper types in the week leading up to the May 9 National Newspaper Awards ceremonies at the Westin Harbour Castle.

The large number of publishers, editors, columnists, reporters and photographers from across Canada will be gathering for two events: the Canadian Newspaper Association's annual conference, May 7, 8 and 9, and the annual Canadian Press dinner on May 8.

Sun staffers feeling left out in the cold in the NNA nominations department can still mingle with the print media masses on awards night for $175, or book a table for 10 for $1,750.

"The evening offers an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with people from the daily newspaper industry," the CNA says in a CNW Group press release.

While no Sun entries are up for awards, one of two guest emcees on awards night will be Christina Spencer, Sun Media's parliamentary correspondent.

Spencer will be sharing emcee duties with the Toronto Star's Linwood Barclay, a Stephen Leacock award nominee and best-selling mystery writer, says the CNW press release.

The gala begins with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by a banquet dinner at 6:30. and then the awards, with "prominent newspaper personalities from the past and present" presenting the NNAs.

The NNAs, with 63 finalists in 21 categories, are being held in Toronto for the first time since 2003.

For awards night reservations, e-mail Bryan Cantley at bcantley@cna-acj.ca or Lee White at nna@cna-acj.ca

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