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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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February 6, 2015 @ 1:12 pm

More Than Hockey: Canada’s Expanding Sports Media Landscape

As fans look to connect with athletes, understand the latest scandal, and track the business of their teams, how are Canadian media and journalists tackling the challenge? How is technology changing how we cover the big leagues, the amateurs, and emerging issues—from the NFL’s handling of players’ off-field conduct to concussions in hockey? Bruce Arthur, sports columnist with the Toronto Star; Brenda Irving, commentator with CBC Sports Weekend, and Stephen Brunt, writer and broadcaster with Rogers Sportsnet, discussed the future of sports and the media.

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November 28, 2014 @ 11:37 am

CJF J-Talk: Breaking the Big Stories

Toronto, Nov. 27, 2014 - In a special CJF presentation, Kevin Donovan, investigative reporter and editor with the Toronto Star, and Diana Swain, senior investigative journalist with CBC News, shared the stories behind their biggest recent exposés. Paula Todd, investigative journalist, author, and broadcast and digital media professor, moderated this discussion on the secrets of responsible reporting and why investigative journalism matters to the future of news.

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November 18, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

CJF J-Talk: Jim Roberts on Mashable

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Toronto, Nov. 17 - Jim Roberts, the executive editor and chief content officer of Mashable, was quick to recognize the power of social platforms for engaging with news. In recent years, he has attracted more than 150,000 followers to his @nycjim Twitter feed. Roberts now leads the editorial team and oversees editorial strategy and operations at Mashable, a popular news source for the “Connected Generation,” with 40 million monthly unique visitors and 19 million social media followers. This acclaimed digital leader was in conversation with Globe and Mail media reporter James Bradshaw to discuss his leadership journey from legacy media (The New York Times) to Reuters Digital to Mashable. He also discussed the challenges Mashable faces in balancing journalistic credibility with innovative forms of viral storytelling that connect with digital audiences.

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October 23, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

CJF J-Talk: Glenn Greenwald in conversation with David Walmsley

Toronto, Oct. 21, 2014 - Open source hero or every government's worst nightmare? Glenn Greenwald has championed making secret documents part of the daily news. Working with Edward Snowden to publish NSA secrets, Greenwald is a Pulitzer Prize-winner, lawyer and co-founding editor of The Intercept. He spoke with David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, about power, secrecy and journalism's role in an era of digital openness at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio. Audio courtesy of CBC News.

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October 3, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

CJF J-Talk - Native Advertising: Journalism’s Saviour or Sellout?

Toronto, Oct. 2, 2014 - Native advertising. Branded content. Custom content. Whatever it’s called, these ‘advertorials’ are controversial, yet news organizations see them as the latest and best business strategy. Jill Borra, executive editor at The Globe and Mail; Cathrin Bradbury, executive director of content development at Star Media Group; and Scott White, vice-president of content strategy and business development at Postmedia Network, discussed paid content, the blurring of lines between editorial and commercial content, and retaining the trust of readers with moderator Ivor Shapiro, chair of the School of Journalism at Ryerson University.

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May 1, 2014 @ 10:38 am

Covering the Oil Patch

Calgary, April 24, 2014 - It is an age when the words "tar" and "oil" applied to "sands" can delineate opposing sides; when "Keystone" elicits every emotion except indifference; when a proud province becomes a global petro power and citizens debate the legacy of Big Oil. In  the middle of the conflict are the energy reporters of Alberta, some of whom have the additional challenge of covering the "home team."  How well are they doing the job? How do they provide balance in the face of a massive industry with powerful roots in their community? What is the view from afar? Jameson Berkow, western bureau chief for BNN moderated this panel with speakers Claudia Cattaneo, western business columnist for the National Post, Clifford Krauss, Houston-based national energy correspondent for The New York Times, Gillian Steward, Calgary-based journalist and teacher at Mount Royal University, and Deborah Yedlin, business columnist for the Calgary Herald.

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April 11, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

Does the Press Gallery Matter?

Ottawa, April 9, 2014 - Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery recently voted unanimously to "reserve the right to ask questions in all photo-ops and availabilities with the prime minister, cabinet ministers, and all parliamentarians, to fulfil our function as journalists in a democratic society.” The vote was a reaction to restrictions on access to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his ministers--and a revealing glimpse of how the ground has shifted on Ottawa political reporters. The regular Prime Ministerial press conference is a thing of the past. Senior bureaucrats hesitate to brief journalists. The PM and ministers take their message on the road or send it out on weekly video clips. Opposition MPs use the same techniques.

As a result, is the influence of political reporters on the wane in the face of shrinking resources, wide use of social media, and the distance Ottawa puts between government and reporters? Does the national media coverage of the government matter as much as it used to?

Tom Clark, chief political correspondent for Global News and host of The West Block moderated this discussion with Jennifer Ditchburn, senior parliamentary correspondent for the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press, Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Multiculturalism, Senator Jim Munson, a former long-time member of the Press Gallery, and David Akin, national bureau chief for Sun Media and host of Battleground.

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