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September 15, 2022 @ 2:42 pm

J-Talks Live - The New Wave

The Canadian Journalism Foundation’s (CJF) popular J-Talks Live kicked off its fall season with a special two-part event focused on news startups. Startups have become a recent bright spot in a media industry struggling to survive in the digital era and post-pandemic environment. Indeed, dozens of startups are thriving by filling coverage gaps such as community news and topics often overlooked by mainstream newsrooms.

In the two-part virtual event, the CJF showcased 10 visionaries to share their insights on their growing media sector, new business models and current challenges.

At the second event, on Thursday, September 15 at 1 p.m. EDT, the CJF presented the new wave leaders of recent outlets that are filling coverage gaps and connecting with new audiences.  The featured speakers are Brett Chang, co-founder, and CEO of The PeakMatthew DiMera, founder of The ResolveEden Fineday, business aunty and contributing storyteller, IndigiNews; and Anita Li, founder, and CEO of The Green LineLinda Solomon Wood, CEO and editor-in-chief of Canada’s National Observer leads this discussion.

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February 2, 2022 @ 11:10 am

News ’ForYou’: How TikTok is helping newsrooms reach new audiences

TikTok’s immense popularity among Gen Z users and more than one billion global user-base make the app an enticing storytelling tool for news publishers. Many newsrooms are reaching hundreds of thousands of young followers that they previously struggled to engage with off the platform. On February 1, The Canadian Journalism Foundation welcomes a panel of trailblazing journalists who are using the video-sharing network to bring news content to a whole new generation. They’ll share their insights on TikTok’s use as an effective storytelling tool and how newsrooms can get their audiences to go deeper on and off the app. 

Featured speakers are journalists Dave JorgensonThe Washington PostEvy KwongToronto Star and Sophia Smith GalerVICE World News, in conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud, host of the CBC podcast Pop Chat.

 

Originally aired: Feb. 1, 2022, at 1 P.M. EST

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dave Jorgenson is a video producer, editor and writer for "The Department of Satire" and various scripted series for The Washington Post. While at the Post, Dave launched the newsroom’s TikTok channel - where he posts short, newsworthy TikToks twice a day, five days a week. For his work on TikTok, he earned two Webby nominations in 2020 and a win in 2021. He won an award from the North American Digital Awards for 'Best Digital Project to Engage Young and/or Millennial Audiences.' He also made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in December 2020. He recently wrote a book, Make A TikTok Every Day, which includes 365 "prompts" for TikTok. @davejorgenson

Evelyn 'Evy' Kwong is an editor on the Toronto Star's Audience Team that focuses on platforming and finding new, diverse audiences and meeting the people where they are. She strategizes on ways to reach and build trust with communities that have been under-platformed, bring new voices into mainstream media and use new technology to provide everyone with access to information. She is also the editor of the Star's #InTheirOwnVoices, a first-person op-ed section on identity, and host/writer of the Star business series #MillennialMoney focusing on uncovering the financial worries of the younger generation. @EVYSTADIUM

Sophia Smith Galer is an award-winning reporter and author who has pioneered how TikTok can be used for journalism, bridging the gap between traditional media and Gen Z. She is a Senior News Reporter for VICE World News where she has reported on everything from the anti-vaxxers and incels gaming TikTok’s algorithm to youth washing at COP26 and spiking in the UK. Previously a BBC World Service reporter, she uncovered the misuse of political ads during the US election, as well as Donald Trump’s covert campaigning on the app. She has been selected as a TikTok Voice of Change in the UK two years in a row amongst the app's 100 top UK creators and recently won 'Innovation of the Year' at the British Journalism Awards for her TikTok account. Sophia's first book, Losing It, on debunking the sex misinformation on and offline that ruins lives, will be published by Harper Collins in April 2022. @sophiasgaler

 

ABOUT THE HOST

Elamin Abdelmahmoud is a culture writer for BuzzFeed News and host of CBC’s pop culture show Pop Chat. He was a founding co-host of the CBC Politics podcast Party Lines, and he is a contributor to The National’s At Issue panel. His work has appeared in Rolling StoneThe Globe and Mail, and others. When he gets a chance, he writes bad tweets. @elamin88

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October 29, 2021 @ 9:34 am

J-Talks Live - Big Voices

At a time when a range of voices and perspectives are available across multiple platforms, and a choice word or angle can be a landmine—setting off a barrage of online hate—what does it take to be a columnist and how has the role evolved in a fraught social media environment where attacks inordinately target women and racialized journalists?

Featured speakers are columnists Daphne BramhamVancouver SunShree ParadkarToronto Star and Elizabeth RenzettiThe Globe and Mail, in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the CBC podcast More.

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May 17, 2021 @ 9:21 am

J-Talks Live - David Remnick on The New Yorker

May 13, 2021 - David Remnick helms The New Yorker, journalism's gold standard for agenda-setting, long-form investigations and personal narratives. In the 23 years of Remnick’s editorship, The New Yorker has become the most-honoured magazine in the United States, winning 48 National Magazine Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes. Remnick also won a Pulitzer personally for Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire—one of his six books—based on his time serving as Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post. Remnick speaks about his remarkable career and the challenges of running a legacy publication in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of J-Talks Live and the CBC podcast More.

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March 4, 2021 @ 3:49 pm

J-Talks Live - News and How to Use It with Alan Rusbridger

March 3, 2021 - In his latest book News and How to Use It, the former long-time editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, casts his eye across the messy media landscape, examines the way journalism is produced and consumed, and offers a user’s guide on how to stay informed at a perplexing time of fast-changing news. Has it ever been more difficult to believe what we watch and read due to the proliferation of competing ‘truths’ online? Join Rusbridger, now chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and a member of Facebook’s Oversight Board, as he offers his insights across a wide swathe of the industry, covering social media, citizen journalism, business models and more, in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the CBC podcast More.

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February 26, 2021 @ 9:56 am

J-Talks Live - Navigating Race and Politics in a Post-Trump World

Feb. 25, 2021 - Hopes are pinned on President Joe Biden to navigate the turbulent terrain of race and politics inflamed during Donald Trump's presidency. What role does the media play in the path forward? How can journalism make a difference? Discussing the challenges and opportunities ahead: Errin Haines, co-founder and editor-at-large for The 19th, a non-profit, non-partisan news organization focused on women, politics and policy, and from The New York Times, opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie and national political reporter Astead W. Herndon, in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the CBC podcast More.

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January 28, 2021 @ 3:46 pm

J-Talks Live - Fast Forward: Trust, Tech and the Media

Jan. 26, 2021 - It’s all happening—and happening fast across the media spectrum: digital transformation, diversification of newsrooms and efforts to engage the diverse communities media organizations seek to serve. But there are still challenges and more change to come -- how best to connect with those who are typically underserved, whether it be communities of colour, the disenfranchised or the young and disengaged? How can innovations in today’s technology be applied to reach various audiences? Particularly, can technology from the gaming world be deployed to our digital-first storytelling future?

Join Sandra Clark, vice-president for news and civic dialogue at WHYY, the public media organization serving the Philadelphia region, Nadine Ajaka, senior producer of visual forensics with The Washington Post, and Kristopher Alexander, assistant professor with a focus on video games at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, in a virtual conversation with host Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the podcast More.

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November 20, 2020 @ 2:07 pm

J-Talks Live - Risk and Injury: Journalists, Mental Health and COVID-19

Nov. 19, 2020 -

When the pandemic arrived, journalists on all beats experienced high levels of stress as they pivoted quickly to cover COVID-19, the fastest-moving story of our time. According to the early results of a study conducted in June by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, participating journalists from around the world showed signs of anxiety and depression—70 percent suffering from some level of psychological distress—due to the many challenges and high stakes they faced in covering the crisis, sometimes in the absence of reliable information. In this ongoing reality, how can journalists take care of their mental and emotional well-being and how can newsrooms best support them?

Join the study’s authors: Dr. Anthony Feinstein, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a neuropsychiatrist whose specialties include exploring how journalists are impacted by the traumatic events they report on, and Meera Selva, director of the journalist fellowship program at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford, in a conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the CBC podcast More.

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November 13, 2020 @ 9:21 am

J-Talks Live - After the Election: What’s Next?

Nov. 12, 2020 -

In the aftermath of a heated, divisive and often unpredictable run-up to the U.S. election, and the win for President-elect Joe Biden, this discussion will explore the impact of polarized media coverage and the spread of misinformation, learnings for the media and what the election outcome means for the U.S. and Canada. 

Join Joy Malbon, Washington bureau chief for CTV National News, and Paul Hunter, a correspondent based in Washington for CBC News, in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the CBC podcast More.

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October 30, 2020 @ 10:30 am

J-Talks Live: Media in Crisis: Can Journalism Survive - and Thrive - in this Year of Challenge?

Oct. 29, 2020 - “Pivot” is a word well-used during the pandemic, and one that news organizations are familiar with—they’ve been doing it for years in the face of diverted audience attention and declining ad revenues. Add to that mix the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis and a polarized political environment. How is this all impacting news organizations? What does this mean for the sustainability of media’s business models? What will it take to survive in this new reality? 

Join S. Mitra Kalita, senior vice-president for news, opinion and programming for CNN Digital, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, in conversation with host Anna Maria Tremonti, also host of the CBC podcast More.

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