Here, a local chap teaches you how to be a winning journalist. Fabion Dawson, a Malaysian-born journalist who now resides in Canada, has been named as one of the 100 South Asians who are making a difference in British Columbia (BC), one of the Canadian provinces. Full list in Canada.com website here.
Dawson worked with New Straits Time (NST), The Malay Mail and the Malaysian Business magazine in Malaysia, before migrating to Canada in 1988 with his wife, Anne. He was recruited by The Province, the largest newspaper in BC and one of the largest in Canada as a temporary reporter and was rapidly promoted to senior reporter, assignment editor, city editor and news editor due to his outstanding work.
Dawson has been making a big wave in his career since and made name as an internationally recognized investigative journalist with experience across Asia, Europe, Central America and North America. He has also been serving as editorial consultant for other major newspapers and publications in various countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, India and England. His stories and coverage have resulted with production of 4 TV documentaries and a made-for-TV film.
Dawson was accorded with the Unsung Hero of Canadian Journalism in 2004 by the National Newspaper Awards (NNA) Board of Governors. The NNA awards are the highest honors for the journalism industry for newspaper in Canada, while the Unsung Hero award is a recognition to journalists who made hard work behind the main scene but considered key individuals who make things happen.
In the same year, his journalism career reached new height when he was appointed as the Deputy Editor of The Province, making him the first Malaysian on the editorial board of a foreign mainstream’s newspaper. Additionally, Dawson was the recipient of Jack Webster Award for Best Community Reporting in 2003, and also won the prestigious Daniel Pearl Award in 2005.
Who says career in journalism can’t be rewarding? Sure, being a journalist is tough job, but if you really like the career, it will bring you as far as you want to go.