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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



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



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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November 5, 2021 @ 8:59 am

J-Talks Live - Reimagining Opinion Journalism

In these highly opinionated times, what is the role of opinion journalism? What opinions should be amplified? Which views might be better left in the dark? Have opinions overtaken the news? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kathleen Kingsbury, appointed in 2020 as the New York Times’ Opinion editor, tackles these big questions in her new role with one of the world's most influential Opinion sections.

Kingsbury speaks about the new ideas she brings to the Times and the future of opinion journalism, in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of J-Talks Live and the CBC podcast More.

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November 16, 2016 @ 11:58 am

CJF J-Talk - From the Margins to the Mainstream: What’s Next for Digital Disruptors

Toronto, Nov. 15, 2016 - Established online in the last decade, they were media's "new kids on the block"—digital disruptors that carved their own niches within the traditional media landscape and were hailed as either saviours or saboteurs: BuzzFeed, with its listicles and viral content; VICE, with its rebel millennial voice and muckraking videos; and Twitter, a platform for citizen journalism, live reporting and feedback, along with free, sharable content. Now with a strong foothold in the Canadian media industry, what are the challenges and obstacles these digital disruptors face?

Simon Houpt, senior media writer with The Globe and Mail, moderated this discussion featuring Michael Gruzuk, director of news and digital content for VICE Canada; Jennifer Hollett, head of news and government for Twitter Canada; and Craig Silverman, editor of BuzzFeed Canada.

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May 30, 2016 @ 3:27 pm

CJF J-Talk: Keeping Pace with the New Media Ecosystem

Toronto, May 26, 2016 - Digital pioneer Emily Bell, founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, was in conversation with leading thinker on digital disruption in the media David Skok, managing editor and vice-president of digital for The Boston Globe.

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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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September 25, 2015 @ 11:45 am

CJF J-Talk - Nick Davies in conversation with CBC’s Gillian Findlay

Sept. 24, 2015 - Toronto - An award-winning journalist who investigates journalists, Nick Davies is the British reporter who exposed the phone-hacking scandal in Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire. Davies uncovered the unethical relationships between reporters and private investigators as they targeted the phones of the British royal family, politicians, celebrities, and most disturbingly, the phone of a missing teenager, later found dead. Davies’s six years of dogged reporting resulted in the demise of the News of the World and sparked Britain’s Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press. Davies’s subsequent book, Hack Attack, provides a primer on the power of investigative reporting and the dangers of unethical journalism. Davies also played a key role in the Guardian’s publication of secret U.S. military and diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks. Meet Davies in conversation with investigative journalist Gillian Findlay, co-host of CBC’s the fifth estate.

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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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