investigative Archive

December 1, 2021 @ 2:36 pm

Behind the Scenes: An inside look into award-winning Globe and Mail investigations

Investigative journalists work tirelessly to hold the powerful to account by unearthing stories that expose systemic issues and can lead to meaningful change. On November 30, the Canadian Journalism Foundation welcomed award-winning Globe and Mail journalists Tom Cardoso, Grant Robertson, and Chen Wang for an inside look into how they pitch and research in-depth stories, the challenges they face, and the resulting impact of their work.

The National Newspaper Awards named Cardoso Journalist of the Year for his 2020 investigation into systematic bias against Indigenous, Black, and female prisoners in Canada's corrections system. In 2021, Robertson won several awards, including the CJF’s Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism, for his work that uncovered serious flaws in Canada’s pandemic preparedness system with respect to COVID-19. In 2019, the National Newspaper Awards recognized Chen Wang and her colleagues in the Business category for their investigation on aging wells and how major organizations routinely offloaded energy assets with hefty cleanup costs onto smaller companies with limited capacity to pay the environmental bill. This year, Wang, a data journalist, has been exploring the power gap in the workplace and why progress for women has stalled.

Together, they joined David McKie, Deputy Managing Editor, Canada’s National Observer, in conversation.

For more program details, visit the CJF website: https://cjf-fjc.ca/j-talks/behind-scenes-inside-look-award-winning-globe-and-mail-investigations

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December 12, 2019 @ 3:54 pm

CJF J-Talk - Ronan Farrow on Lies, Power and Predators

Toronto, Dec. 3, 2019 - In his book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect PredatorsRonan Farrow sheds light on the stranger-than-fiction challenges of reporting on his Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker exposé of one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. Farrow reveals the inexplicable resistance he faced from the major television network where he worked and how he himself became the target of intimidation tactics as he got closer to the truth, the conspiracies and the cover-ups—similar strategies long deployed to silence victims of sexual abuse. Join Farrow in conversation with Globe and Mail investigative reporter Robyn Doolittle, author of Had It Coming: What’s Fair in the Age of #MeToo?

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December 12, 2019 @ 3:50 pm

CJF J-Talk - BuzzFeed: From Listicles to Hard News

Toronto, Nov. 7, 2019 - Hired as editor-in-chief in 2012, Ben Smith did for BuzzFeed—then best known for its lists, quizzes and viral videos—what few in the industry get to do: he built a news division from scratch. Although BuzzFeed’s entry into serious journalism was met with some skepticism, Smith grew its newsroom into a now-established force that has both garnered awards and generated controversy. In a conversation with Jayme Poisson, host of the CBC News podcast Front Burner, Smith discusses what’s next for BuzzFeed News.

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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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April 28, 2018 @ 11:44 am

CJF J-Talk - When the Media Becomes the News: Covering Media, Power and Politics

Toronto, April 24, 2018 - In this era of #MeToo, misinformation, and media industry upheaval, the media has become the news and journalists who cover the beat are on the frontlines making front page headlines. Hear from reporters covering these turbulent Trumpian times: Michael Calderone, the senior media reporter at Politico who has built a steadfast career covering the intertwining worlds of the press and politics; and Emily Steel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times business reporter who has covered sexual harassment in newsrooms — from reportingon the toxic culture at VICE Media to breaking the story, with a colleague, on multiple settlements by former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. Ioanna Roumeliotis, reporter with CBC News' The National, moderates this discussion.

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March 8, 2018 @ 12:15 pm

CJF J-Talk: The Stories Behind the Stories that Matter

Please note the tech issue: the music at the beginning will stop a few minutes into the talk. Apologies for the inconvenience!

Toronto, March 6, 2018 - They are the journalists who produced some of Canada's most recent poignant and powerful stories. What challenges lie behind reporting these important pieces? From the first notion of an idea to its final fruition—and even after a story airs or is published—hear about the process and its results from three of this country's top investigative journalists.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, join Robyn Doolittle, investigative reporter for The Globe and Mail, on the ‘Unfounded’ investigation; Tanya Talaga, reporter with the Toronto Star and current Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, on her book Seven Fallen Feathers; and Connie Walker, investigative reporter and host of Missing & Murdered, a CBC News podcast on bringing the still unsolved Alberta Williams murder story to light. Matt Galloway, host of CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning, moderates this discussion.

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November 15, 2017 @ 9:03 am

CJF J-Talk: New Media, New Models

Who says it’s all dire news for the media industry? Consider these recent arrivals. The West End Phoenix is a community news monthly just launched in Toronto—ad-free and in print. The Conversation Canada is an edition of the Australian website that turns academic research into accessible articles. Discourse Media is an independent, Vancouver-based website finding success in its collaborative approach to journalism. Then there’s The Athletic, a subscription sports website expanding across major North American cities. In an environment where media outlets are struggling, what does it take to launch something new? And what does it take to sustain it?

Join our speakers: David Bidini, founder and publisher of The West End Phoenix; Saleem Khan, emergent platforms, science and technology editor with The Conversation Canada; Erin Millar, editor-in-chief and CEO of Discourse Media; and James Mirtle, editor-in-chief of The Athletic in Canada. Catherine Wallace, the former executive producer of the Montreal Gazette’s iPad 6 pm edition who explored alternative sources of civic news as the 2016-2017 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, moderates.

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June 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am

CJF J-Talk - The Media as Opposition: Covering Trump in a Post Truth Era (Part 1)

May 24, 2017 - They are among the world’s most unrelenting truth seekers. Renowned, award-winning journalists and authors discuss the need to apply constant, critical pressure on an American president who threatens the very fabric of democracy, journalism, civil society and the truth.

In this first of a two-part Toronto event, this discussion features Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!; Juan González, co-host of Democracy Now!; Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer-prize winner and co-founder of The Intercept; Jeremy Scahill, war correspondent and co-founder of The Intercept, and Vicky Mochama, national columnist with Metro News. Their conversation was moderated by Hannah Sung, video and podcast producer for The Globe and Mail.

The second discussion (separate broadcast) features Matt Taibbi, author of the recently published Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus and contributing editor to Rolling Stone, in conversation with David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, on journalism’s response to this ongoing circus and chaotic presidency.

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