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Journalism student vying for prestigious award

And the winner is:  Kevin Kwok Wong, who’s entering his fourth year in the joint U of T Scarborough, Centennial College journalism program, is hoping his name will be called this Saturday at the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ)’ annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in 2006.

Wong, a finalist in the CAJ/Canada NewsWire (CNW) Student Award for Excellence category, is up against students from Carleton University, British Columbia Institute of Technology and Loyalist College.  He wrote a story entitled “Blinded by the Light” in his third year of the program.

 “Kevin has been a motivated and ambitious student from day one.  As a student embarking on his fourth year, he is an excellent role model for junior students,” said Karen McCrindle, Senior Lecturer and Supervisor of Students for U of T Scarborough’s Journalism program.

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a national non-profit public interest advocacy and professional development organization serving Canadian journalists from all media, including print, radio, television and online. It is the only group of its kind in Canada. The Association, founded in 1978, has more than 1,500 members and promotes excellence in journalism and encourages investigative journalism.

The winning entry in each of the 11 categories receives a $1,000 cash prize.  All winners will be announced on May 26 at the CAJ Awards Banquet being held at the CAJ/Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Toronto.

“This is a very prestigious student award.  That one of our students is a finalist for it illustrates that we are attracting some of the best student journalists to our program and that they are benefiting greatly from both the academic and practical skills training they are receiving,” McCrindle added.

The joint journalism degree program, now in its fifth year, combines solid academic education with technical and practical journalism skills. Academic courses at U of T Scarborough teach students analysis, research, writing and effective communication skills. The Centennial College courses prepare students for success in the field.  Students earn a four-year Honours B.A. degree.

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