June 3, 2019 @ 8:40 pm

CJF J-Talk - Trust, Truth and Trump

Toronto, May 28, 2019 - Margaret Sullivan became The Washington Post’s media columnist in 2016 – the same year Donald Trump was elected president. Since then, she’s cast her critic’s eye across the journalism landscape: from the troubling “conjoined twins” relationship between Trump and Fox News, to the coverage of potential U.S. presidential candidates, to the press-freedom issues surrounding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Her career includes being public editor of The New York Times and the first female editor of The Buffalo News. Join Sullivan for this conversation on U.S. politics and the media with David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail.

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May 3, 2019 @ 11:26 am

Fallout from the Field

Toronto, April 16, 2019 - After witnessing the horrors of war, natural disasters or local crime stories, journalists must often cope with emotional trauma, moral quandaries and PTSD. How can reporters—and newsrooms—manage the personal impact of covering stories that involve human cruelty or suffering? How do these experiences shape future reporting?

To discuss these issues, join our speakers: Anthony Feinstein, University of Toronto psychiatry professor, who is a pioneer in the study of mental health trauma among journalists; Paul Hunter, Washington-based correspondent for CBC NewsPeter Akman, investigative correspondent for CTV’s W5; Ioanna Roumeliotis, senior reporter with CBC Newsand Patrice Roy, host of En Direct on Radio-Canada. The moderator is three-time Toronto Star National Newspaper Award winner Michelle Shephard, now a freelance journalist, author and filmmaker.

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April 28, 2019 @ 8:03 am

CJF J-Talk - The Fight for Truth: Political Journalism in 2019

Ottawa, April 9, 2019 - If journalism is about holding power to account, then journalists on both sides of the border are on it. But how does the political climate in each country affect reporting and coverage—or does it?

Join our speakers: Vassy Kapelos, host of Power & Politics on CBC News, Sarah Kendzior, St. Louis, Missouri-based op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail and co-host of the Gaslit Nation podcast,; and Tonda MacCharles, senior reporter with the Toronto Star's Ottawa Bureau, in conversation with Alison Smith, host of Perspective with Alison Smith on CPAC.

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March 3, 2019 @ 10:19 pm

Prévenir les menaces à l’approche des élections fédérales

Montréal, 28 février 2019 - Si on se fie aux élections américaines et françaises — et à celles d'autres pays — nous sommes tout aussi vulnérables à la manipulation par des forces extérieures avant nos propres élections fédérales. Sommes-nous prêts à faire face à ce qui nous attend, y compris la désinformation et la propagande à caractère politique ? Plus important encore, que peuvent faire les électeurs pour combattre ces éléments et que peuvent faire les médias pour gagner la confiance du public ? Grégoire Lemarchand, rédacteur en chef adjoint et directeur des médias sociaux chez Agence France-Presse, et Stéphane Perrault, directeur général des élections à Élections Canada, partageront leurs points de vue dans une conversation avec Anne-Marie Dussault, animatrice de l’émission 24/60 de Radio-Canada, qui animera la soirée.

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February 13, 2019 @ 10:26 pm

CJF J-Talk: Setting the Standard for Cannabis Journalism

Toronto, Feb. 7, 2019 - The cannabis industry’s influence is far-reaching, affecting public health and safety, policy-making, the economy and talk of a ‘pot-com’ bubble. As various issues get worked out post-legalization, what challenges do journalists face in informing the public in a responsible manner?
Join our speakers focussed on cannabis coverage: Megan Henderson, executive producer of TheGrowthOp.com; Manisha Krishnan, senior writer and host with VICE CanadaArmina Ligaya, business reporter with The Canadian PressMark Rendell, reporter with The Globe and Mail; and moderator Vanmala Subramaniam, business reporter with the Financial Post.

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February 6, 2019 @ 8:52 pm

Driving Innovation in Media

Toronto, Jan. 31, 2019 - In journalism today, the only constant is constant change. The need to innovate is greater than ever before, as powerful new tech tools alter the way we connect and communicate. Join two of journalism’s top innovators and changemakers in a discussion about the challenges and opportunities in driving news innovation. Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University in Philadelphia. Inga Thordar is executive editor of CNN Digital International, overseeing all international news, sport and programming teams. The conversation was moderated by Kathy Vey, executive producer of digital with TVO. 

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November 30, 2018 @ 3:18 pm

CJF J-Talk – Guardian of News: Alan Rusbridger

Toronto, Nov. 29, 2018 - Over a 20-year career as editor of the British daily The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger oversaw the publication of ground-breaking journalism: the WikiLeaks story, the phone-hacking scandal, the mass government surveillance as disclosed by U.S National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. As he managed the transition from national print newspaper to news site with a strong global online readership, he championed free access and strong journalistic standards. But decisions made along the way were not without their challenges and controversies. Join Rusbridger for this conversation with Irene Gentle, editor of the Toronto Star, and for the Canadian launch of his book Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now.

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November 25, 2018 @ 6:17 am

CJF J-Talk – Ronan Farrow: Power, Media and Politics

Toronto, Nov. 4, 2018 - Beginning with last year’s explosive Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker investigation on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault, and continuing with his recent reports exposing similar allegations against CBS head Les Moonves, Ronan Farrow has become a leading journalist in exposing how influential figures in media and politics abuse power and hide sexual misconduct. For his role in exposing Weinstein and helping spur the #MeToo movement, Farrow was the recipient of the 2018 CJF Special Citation for excellence in journalism.

In Farrow’s bestselling book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, the former diplomat pivots to a different realm of power, that of America’s influence abroad. Hear Farrow’s take on the challenge of changing cultures and power dynamics, in conversation with Robyn Doolittle, investigative reporter with The Globe and Mail

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November 21, 2018 @ 4:49 pm

CJF J-Talk - How Trump Got Rich: The Real Story

Toronto, Nov. 8, 2018 - With her recent bombshell New York Times front-page story, investigative reporter Susanne Craig helped debunk President Trump’s claim of being a self-made billionaire. For more than a year, Craig and two colleagues followed an unwieldy paper trail, documenting deliberate tax manoeuvres that increased the wealth Trump received from his parents, including acts of outright fraud. Craig discusses the complexities of reporting on Trump, money and politics in this conversation with investigative journalist Julian Sher.

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November 13, 2018 @ 5:34 pm

CJF J-Talk - State of Media: Survival Strategies in the Age of Misinformation

Toronto, October 17, 2018 - Journalists and media organizations around the world are under siege from misinformation fed by social media and an antagonistic U.S. president. How should journalism and democracy respond to this dual challenge? How can journalists ensure truth overrides false information? How should they respond to public attacks and historic levels of mistrust? At the same time, many media are seeking sustainable business models and some are asking: can blockchain technology provide security for the future of journalism?

Join a wide-ranging conversation on these issues with prominent journalism thought leaders: Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York; Jay Rosen, associate journalism professor at New York University; and Vivian Schiller, CEO of the Civil Foundation, which makes philanthropic grants in support of journalism and upholds the ethics of Civil, a blockchain-based platform that supports a global community of quality newsrooms. This conversation will be moderated by Mathew Ingram, chief digital writer with the Columbia Journalism Review.

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