How to be a Winning Journalist

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 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.

Malaysia Journalism and Journalist - Fabian DawsonDawson 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.


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  1. VANCOUVER, Canada –
    The South Asian Post was awarded a Jack Webster Award at the 22nd annual Jack Webster Awards in Vancouver last night, marking the first time a South Asian publication has won the award recognizing the very best in British Columbia journalism.

    “This is a momentous day,” said Malaysian-born South Asian Post publisher, Harbinder Singh Sewak.

    “Not only for our newspaper, but for the entire South Asian community.”

    Added Sewak, who launched the South Asian Post on Canada’s West Coast in 2007: “Our hard work, our perseverance and determination has been recognized at the very highest level in the province. We were up against the best, so this is a great honour.”

    Sewak is originally from Tanjung Tualang, Perak where his late father worked as a dredge master in the tin mines.

    The South Asian Post was awarded the Jack Webster Award for Community Reporting for “The Innocent Man,” the story of Sukhwinder Singh, a rickshaw driver in India falsely imprisoned for rape for nearly four years.

    Singh, also known as Mithu, was freed following a series of investigative stories by the South Asian Post.

    “This is a proud day for the community,” said India’s Consul General in Vancouver, Ashok Das. “Heartfelt congratulations.”

    Das attended the awards dinner at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel ballroom, along with friends and supporters of the South Asian Post, including Indo-Canadian radio personalities Shushma Datt and Gurpreet Singh, as well as esteemed consuls Kosit Chatpaiboon (Thailand), Bernie Julvie (The Philippines) and Singgih Yumono (Indonesia).

    The South Asian Post has been following the story of Mithu and his murdered wife Jassi since the Spring of 2000, when the young, star-crossed couple was ambushed and Jassi Kaur, of Maple Ridge, B.C., brutally murdered in Punjab, India – allegedly at the behest of her family, who disapproved of her marriage to the lowly Mithu.

    The Post has followed the case for the past eight years, and has created and hosts a website ( to provide a forum for people to express their anguish and indignation over the death of Jassi and the subsequent persecution of her husband, Mithu.

    Thousands of messages have been posted to the site.

    “The story is a tragedy,” said Shushma Datt, founder and CEO of i.t. Productions Ltd., owner of CJRJ AM 1200 Vancouver. “You brought some justice to this tale and were honoured for it. Congratulations.”

    This May, thanks to the continuing efforts of South Asian Post publisher Sewak (who has hired lawyers and Indian investigators to dig into the case), Mithu walked away from jail an innocent man after being imprisoned without bail on phony charges cooked up to keep him quiet.

    Thanks to questions raised by the South Asian Post surrounding the relationship between a “rape victim’s” father and one of Jassi’s uncles, the woman whose testimony sent Mithu to prison was recanted in an affidavit filed in Indian court. Within weeks, Mithu was a free man.

    “If not for the tireless efforts of our publisher, Mithu would be languishing still in an Indian prison,” commented South Asian Post managing editor Michael Roberts, upon accepting the Webster.

    Added Roberts: “We thought we’d won by just being nominated for this award. To actually win is fantastic!”

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    For more information, contact:

    Michael Roberts, Managing Editor

    The South Asian Post

    Tel. 604-821-1954 Fax 604-214-0285



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