Archive for November 2015

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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