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April 24, 2017 @ 3:40 pm

What To Be, or Not To Be: The Public News Broadcaster’s Dilemma

Toronto, April 20, 2017 - In an increasingly fractured, crowded and competitive media environment, what is the role of the public broadcaster when it comes to news? This discussion explored the challenges faced by public broadcasters on both sides of the pond, featuring James Harding, director of news and current affairs for the BBC; Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News; and Michael Oreskes, senior vice-president of news and editorial director for NPR, in a conversation moderated by Simon Houpt, senior media writer with The Globe and Mail.


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January 27, 2017 @ 5:12 pm

CJF J-Talk - Finding a Way Forward: The Changing Ways Canadians Get Their News

Toronto, Jan. 26, 2017 - How are Canadians getting their news, and whom do they trust to provide it? How do perceptions differ between social media and mainstream news organizations? Does the government have a role in aiding struggling news outlets? The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), in partnership with the Public Policy Forum (PPF), explores Canadians’ attitudes towards the media in a public opinion poll, conducted by Earnscliffe Strategy Group for PPF’s study THE SHATTERED MIRROR: News, Democracy, Policy and Trust.

To explore what the results mean for the future of news in Canada, Christopher Waddell, associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University and a member of the CJF Board, was in conversation with Edward Greenspon, president and CEO of the Public Policy Forum; Allan Gregg, principal with Earnscliffe Strategy Group; and April Lindgren, associate professor at Ryerson University School of Journalism and principal investigator for the Local News Research Project. 


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April 6, 2016 @ 10:58 am

CJF J-Talk - Media Evolving: A Look at Changing LGBT Coverage

Toronto, Apr. 5, 2016 - How are media coverage and newsroom culture changing when it comes to LGBT issues? Speakers included Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes and associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University; Susan Marjetti, executive director of radio and audio for CBC English Services; and Lauren Strapagiel, social news editor with BuzzFeed Canada, and moderator Kevin Newman, co-host and correspondent for CTV's W5 and co-author of All Out, a memoir he wrote with his son.


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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 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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March 3, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

CJF J-Talk - Ceiling, Cracked? News Women in Charge

March 2, 2015, Toronto - How do women who hold top spots in the media see their role when it comes to news coverage, workplace culture, and management issues? Elena Cherney, Canada bureau chief and global resources editor for The Wall Street Journal, Jane Davenport, managing editor with the Toronto Star, Wendy Freeman, president of CTV New, Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News and Centres, and moderator Dawna Friesen, anchor and executive editor of Global National, discussed women in journalism.


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July 15, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

CJF Awards on CBC’s Metro Morning

Host Matt Galloway talks about the CJF Awards on CBC Radio One's Metro Morning.


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May 27, 2013 @ 10:43 am

Face-off: Are We Getting What We Deserve From Sports Reporters?

Toronto, May 23, 2013 - Where does truth lie when pro players and reporters work for the one big company? When players and teams can communicate directly with fans on Twitter, what’s left for sports journalists? When sports reporting requires a detailed knowledge of economics, is the story still about the game? Steve Maich, publisher and editor-in-chief of Sportsnet magazine, Carly Agro, host and reporter with CBC Sports, Bruce Kidd, champion runner and University of Toronto sports expert, and moderator Bruce Dowbiggin, sports journalist and broadcaster, discussed the challenges facing sports journalism.


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April 29, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

The Walking Dead: Do Traditional Art Critics Have a Future?

With armchair art and theatre critics proliferating online, with media cutbacks reducing the number of those who critique for a living, and with celebrity news trumping cultural coverage, are traditional art critics less--or more--relevant than they once were? Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic, The New York Times; Robert Cushman, theatre art critic, The National Post; Peter Schjeldahl, art critic, The New Yorker; and moderator Sara Angel, visual arts journalist and Trudeau Doctoral Scholar at the University of Toronto's Department of Art, explored the state of art criticism.


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March 4, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

The Twitter Effect: Is Journalism Still Able to Get it Right?

In the aftermath of the Newtown shooting tragedy, journalists questioned the role of social media in breaking news. Is Twitter to blame for the spread of false information or is mainstream media passing the buck? If in doubt, should we publish what we think we know?  Is verification still the essence of journalism? Andy Carvin, senior social media strategist at NPR and author of Distant Witness; Esther Enkin, ombudsman for CBC English services; and Mathew Ingram, senior writer at GigaOM, discussed media ethics in the rush to report breaking news. Kathy English, public editor at the Toronto Star, moderated.

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