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February 21, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

CJF J-Talk - Politics and Democracy in America (Ottawa)

Ottawa, Feb. 16, 2017 - Our Toronto event travelled to Ottawa! Following the inauguration of Donald Trump, this talk explores the role of media in a time where many feel anxious, vulnerable and subject to legitimized hate—or, on the other extreme, ignored by the mainstream media altogether. This discussion featured breakout journalism stars of the U.S. election: Susanne Craig, the New York Times investigative reporter who got the scoop on Donald Trump’s tax returns, and David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post reporter who exposed Trump’s charitable activities. David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, moderates this discussion about the role of journalists in these uncertain times.

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February 21, 2017 @ 4:29 pm

CJF J-Talk - Politics and Democracy in America (Toronto)

Toronto, Feb. 15, 2017 - Following the inauguration of Donald Trump, this special J-Talk explores the role of media in a time where many feel anxious, vulnerable and subject to legitimized hate—or, on the other extreme, ignored by the mainstream media altogether. How should journalists best report on this populist president who has sought to demonize and bypass the media? Our discussion featured breakout journalism stars of the U.S. election: Susanne Craig, the New York Times investigative reporter who got the scoop on Donald Trump’s tax returns; David Fahrenthold, the Washington Post reporter who exposed Trump’s charitable activities, and Daniel Dale, Toronto Star’s Washington bureau chief, who broke new ground in daily fact-checking of Trump’s statements. Neil Macdonald, columnist for CBC News, moderated this discussion about the role of journalists in these uncertain times.

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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 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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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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October 23, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

CJF J-Talk: Glenn Greenwald in conversation with David Walmsley

Toronto, Oct. 21, 2014 - Open source hero or every government's worst nightmare? Glenn Greenwald has championed making secret documents part of the daily news. Working with Edward Snowden to publish NSA secrets, Greenwald is a Pulitzer Prize-winner, lawyer and co-founding editor of The Intercept. He spoke with David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, about power, secrecy and journalism's role in an era of digital openness at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio. Audio courtesy of CBC News.

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April 11, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

Does the Press Gallery Matter?

Ottawa, April 9, 2014 - Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery recently voted unanimously to "reserve the right to ask questions in all photo-ops and availabilities with the prime minister, cabinet ministers, and all parliamentarians, to fulfil our function as journalists in a democratic society.” The vote was a reaction to restrictions on access to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his ministers--and a revealing glimpse of how the ground has shifted on Ottawa political reporters. The regular Prime Ministerial press conference is a thing of the past. Senior bureaucrats hesitate to brief journalists. The PM and ministers take their message on the road or send it out on weekly video clips. Opposition MPs use the same techniques.

As a result, is the influence of political reporters on the wane in the face of shrinking resources, wide use of social media, and the distance Ottawa puts between government and reporters? Does the national media coverage of the government matter as much as it used to?

Tom Clark, chief political correspondent for Global News and host of The West Block moderated this discussion with Jennifer Ditchburn, senior parliamentary correspondent for the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press, Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Multiculturalism, Senator Jim Munson, a former long-time member of the Press Gallery, and David Akin, national bureau chief for Sun Media and host of Battleground.

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September 20, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

Gawking, Gossip and Crowdfunding: Is this the New Journalism

Sept. 19, 2013, Toronto - Gawker offers a blend of hard news, gossip and a cheeky tone. It’s also the site behind the controversial ‘Crackstarter’ campaign. John Cook, editor-in-chief, talks media ethics, coverage of Toronto mayor Rob Ford and crowdfunding in a conversation with Jeffrey Dvorkin, media ethics commentator and director of the journalism program at University of Toronto Scarborough.

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