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April 6, 2016 @ 10:58 am

CJF J-Talk - Media Evolving: A Look at Changing LGBT Coverage

Toronto, Apr. 5, 2016 - How are media coverage and newsroom culture changing when it comes to LGBT issues? Speakers included Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes and associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University; Susan Marjetti, executive director of radio and audio for CBC English Services; and Lauren Strapagiel, social news editor with BuzzFeed Canada, and moderator Kevin Newman, co-host and correspondent for CTV's W5 and co-author of All Out, a memoir he wrote with his son.

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February 5, 2016 @ 10:05 am

CJF J-Talk - Spotlight on Publishers: The Challenge of Making News Pay

Toronto, Feb. 3, 2016 - It might just be the toughest job in the industry: trying to find ways to make journalism profitable. Reducing the number of print editions, diverting resources to tablets, upping the amount of sponsored content and removing (or keeping) paywalls—which strategies are key to creating a sustainable business model? Top publishers Phillip Crawley of The Globe and Mail and John Cruickshank of the Toronto Star joined La Presse COO Pierre-Elliott Levasseur to discuss finding the right revenue model to support quality journalism. Kelly Toughill, director of the School of Journalism at University of King’s College, moderated this discussion.

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November 19, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

CJF J-Talk: Martin Baron in conversation with Anne Marie Owens

Toronto, Nov. 15, 2015 - The Washington Post has found some recent rare swagger. The storied newspaper—famous for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovering the Watergate scandal—now has the financial and digital backing of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Journalists and journalism observers hope he can inject energy and innovation while rethinking the business model. At the editorial helm is Martin Baron, the executive editor with enviable journalistic cred: three of his previous newspapers are Pulitzer Prize winners under his editorship. So what’s his vision for the Post? And can the venerable Washington institution be a model for other papers? Baron was in conversation with Anne Marie Owens, editor of the National Post.

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November 16, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

CJF J-Talk: John Stackhouse and Craig Silverman

Toronto, Nov. 12, 2015 - John Stackhouse’s three-decade career with The Globe and Mail—including five years as editor-in-chief—spanned a period of massive digital disruption to traditional journalism. In his latest book Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution, Stackhouse recalls how the Globe and other news outlets experimented with different delivery models as the Internet, social media and digital upstarts fragmented audiences and ad dollars. At the same time, the goal of mainstream news organizations to provide authoritative coverage of news events was challenged by new, agile competitors. Among them: BuzzFeed, which aims to create viral content by covering news with unabashed humour—its listicles and videos key drivers of stories via social media. Earlier this year, BuzzFeed established a Canadian presence with Craig Silverman—best known for a career built on media accuracy—as its founding editor. In a conversation covering current challenges to the media and lessons learned, Stackhouse and Silverman discussed the future of journalism from their distinct perspectives.

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November 11, 2015 @ 2:10 pm

Election 2015: How the Votes Were Won

Vancouver, Oct. 27, 2015 - In the wake of the Oct. 19 federal election, this panel explored the strategies and issues that had the most impact in this tight and historic long-running election race. Tom Clark, chief political correspondent for Global National and the host of The West Block with Tom Clark, moderated this discussion with Susan Delacourt, author and columnist for the Toronto Star; Adam Radwanski, political columnist with The Globe and Mail; Hannah Thibedeau, political reporter for CBC News; and Paul Wells, political editor of Maclean’s magazine.

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November 5, 2015 @ 4:22 pm

CJF J-Talk - Mohamed Fahmy in conversation with Michelle Shephard

Toronto, Nov. 2, 2015 -  Mohamed Fahmy was the Egypt bureau chief of Al Jazeera International when he was arrested in 2013, charged by the Egyptian government of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and fabricating news to serve the fundamentalist group’s agenda. Incarcerated in a maximum security jail for more than 400 days, Fahmy was recently pardoned by the Egyptian government. Fahmy was in conversation with Michelle Shephard, national security reporter for the Toronto Star. This event was a partnership with the Toronto Public Library.

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September 25, 2015 @ 11:45 am

CJF J-Talk - Nick Davies in conversation with CBC’s Gillian Findlay

Sept. 24, 2015 - Toronto - An award-winning journalist who investigates journalists, Nick Davies is the British reporter who exposed the phone-hacking scandal in Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire. Davies uncovered the unethical relationships between reporters and private investigators as they targeted the phones of the British royal family, politicians, celebrities, and most disturbingly, the phone of a missing teenager, later found dead. Davies’s six years of dogged reporting resulted in the demise of the News of the World and sparked Britain’s Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press. Davies’s subsequent book, Hack Attack, provides a primer on the power of investigative reporting and the dangers of unethical journalism. Davies also played a key role in the Guardian’s publication of secret U.S. military and diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks. Meet Davies in conversation with investigative journalist Gillian Findlay, co-host of CBC’s the fifth estate.

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May 20, 2015 @ 8:42 am

CJF J-Talk: Election 2015 - What Stories Swing Votes?

May 13, 2015, Ottawa - With Canadians headed to the polls in October, are voters looking for news stories on the horse race or detailed reporting of policy platforms? Has coverage of the 41st Parliament educated the population or led voters to disengage? This discussion examined how parties develop media strategies, how journalists counter the spin and the impact the resulting coverage has on voters.

Tom Clark, chief political correspondent for Global National and the host of The West Block, moderated this discussion with Susan Delacourt, author and columnist for the Toronto Star; Frank Graves, president and founder of EKOS Research Associates; David Herle, principal partner with The Gandalf Group; and Adam Radwanski, political columnist with The Globe and Mail. 

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April 24, 2015 @ 3:17 pm

CJF J-Talk: Jeremy Scahill

Toronto, April 23, 2015 - He’s the reporter who doesn’t stop. Meet Jeremy Scahill, in his prime as one of the biggest rabble-rousing investigative reporters and authors there is. Best known for his foreign reporting, Scahill is the author of best-selling books: Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (his documentary of the same name garnered an Academy Award nomination in 2014) and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. A co-founder of The Intercept, the news site best known for reporting on the Edward Snowden-leaked National Security Agency documents, he continues his scrutiny of American-led actions and practices both at home and overseas as the government seeks to combat terrorism. Scahill was in conversation with David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail.

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March 3, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

CJF J-Talk - Ceiling, Cracked? News Women in Charge

March 2, 2015, Toronto - How do women who hold top spots in the media see their role when it comes to news coverage, workplace culture, and management issues? Elena Cherney, Canada bureau chief and global resources editor for The Wall Street Journal, Jane Davenport, managing editor with the Toronto Star, Wendy Freeman, president of CTV New, Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News and Centres, and moderator Dawna Friesen, anchor and executive editor of Global National, discussed women in journalism.

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