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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335

October 22, 2003

St. Thomas University Partners With Atlantic Journalism Awards

St. Thomas University’s journalism department will organize professional development workshops for the Atlantic Journalism Awards (AJAs) in April, 2004 and Fredericton will host the awards in 2005. The joint announcement was made today by the chair of the Atlantic Journalism Awards, Gerry Phelan and Dr. Richard Myers, Vice-President, Academic for St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB.

"St. Thomas University has joined the AJAs as a Strategic Educational Partner bringing a new and exciting dimension to the Atlantic Journalism Awards program," said AJA chair Gerry Phelan.

"The University wanted to participate, and to contribute more actively to the Atlantic journalism community, and partnering with the AJAs was a natural and positive step,” added Dr. Myers of St. Thomas University. “We are also interested in hosting the awards, and have agreed to stage them here, in Fredericton, in the spring of 2005."

The workshop portion of the annual Atlantic Journalism Awards will be held during the day, on Saturday April 17 at the Casino Nova Scotia Hotel, to coincide with the annual awards program that evening. The sessions will be under the direction of Mr. Philip Lee and staff of the journalism department of St. Thomas University. Details on the upcoming sessions for print and broadcast journalists will be announced at a later date with the names of the key national journalists who will be invited to conduct the seminars.

The Atlantic Journalism Awards is supported by the following organizations – Strategic Partners: Aliant, and St. Thomas University; Partners: Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Canada Post, Emera, Moosehead Breweries; Supporters: AVW Telav, Sobeys, Sony, Special Contributor: Canada NewsWire. In Kind contributors are: Air Canada, Casino Nova Scotia Hotel, DSV Video. The 2001 Media Partner was The Daily News and Media Supporters were CBC-Radio Canada and The Herald.

Media contact:

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522