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When the news hits home - Fort McMurray May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16fortmacJust weeks ago, these journalists saw the national, breaking news story they were covering hit home.A panel of reporters from Fort McMurray will kick off our Saturday sharing their experiences of the past month. All were forced to leave the city as the evacuation orders were lifted and have been reporting about home, but from away -- either in nearby communities or from here in Edmonton.
2016 CAJ annual meeting May 29, 2016 The Canadian Association of Journalists' annual meeting.Members can ask questions through the comment bubble of this liveblog.
#CAJ16 conference banquet and 2015 CAJ Awards gala
May 29, 2016 Join us as we gather to celebrate the recipients of the 2015 CAJ Awards and bring our annual conference to an end.#CAJ16 #CAJawards
CAJ ad(vocacy) bag
May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16tellusBy the time this session rolls around, you’ve spent the past two days immersed in the challenges, skills and opportunities for journalists and their craft in Canada.So what role should the Canadian Association of Journalists be playing in all of this?When you’re in the conference halls, come and find any of your national board directors.Tell us what our advocacy should look like and how it should sound. Or, bring that advice to this session that asks how the CAJ can better advocate for you.
Graphic Content: Using the comic book to chronicle FGM and child marriage
May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16graphicEach year, the December rains mark the beginning of the cutting season in northern Tanzania — a four-week period when young girls are forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) so they can marry.Now these girls have heard rumours of a safe house and are fleeing their families to save their childhoods and, maybe, save their lives.Photojournalist Marc Ellison talks about his experiences of chronicling three of these girls’ stories – and the motivation and challenges in telling them in a graphic novel format for the Toronto Star.
Sharing the wealth — a conversation on user-generated content
May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16ugcUser-generated content became quite the buzzword in media circles, parallel to the increased use of social media by journalists.As journalists went from personal social-media users to tapping into their social-sphere networks, we came up with ways of soliciting and using a slice of the never-ending content that people share through different platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Periscope, SnapChat, Tumblr, etc.UCG 1.0 was often a journalist tweeting something to the world akin to “I’m working on a story about cats! Do you have a cat? Send me all of your online cat love!” and then, with a lot of luck, sitting back and watching those little kitties come flooding in. The well’s often dry though, if you’re trying to solicit user-generated content on a subject your online communities aren’t as fascinated with.This discussion, led by Jeff, will tease out strategies on how to access, develop and strengthen an online community in ways that not only engages a different audience in a different way, but can also provide unique content that can be used across traditional media formats such as print and broadcast.As Samsonow describes it, it’s about “tapping into existing communities (usually online) and leveraging the conversations and activity already happening to inform, create and drive content.” This panel will share examples from their work in Edmonton that show the kinds of content a broader and deeper connection with existing online communities can produce.
Following the money in Indian Country May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16followRegrettably, with few exceptions, Canadian media don't dig into questions of public spending by First Nations with the same enthusiasm as they would with the closest municipality, school board, health authority, province, etc.Why not? Money can be followed on and off reserve if you're willing to put in the time and effort.In this watchdog workshop, investigative reporters Melissa Ridgen and Jorge Barrera show you how they uncovered and exposed corruption surrounding First Nations communities, from the first hunch to the last legal vet.They’ll examine three stories as case studies walking reporters through the steps.
Fellowships will save journalism (or will they?)
May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16fellowAs journalists compete for scarce newsroom resources, ambitious pitches can seem un-pitchable.Too little money. Too little time.Then, all of a sudden, opportunity knocks: someone with funding and a belief in serious journalism launches a fellowship. How do journalists land them? How do they help newsrooms?Can journalists depend on them as part of journalism’s sustainable future?
Data journalism workshop, part two May 28, 2016 This is an afternoon-long session that picks up from the morning to talk about the most important tools and techniques for analyzing data.This trio of experienced data journalists will lead delegates through hands-on examples of where data can be found, questions you can ask your data and how your analysis of data can set a foundation for compelling public-interest journalism. You’ll learn how to use the most basic of data tools, a spreadsheet, to see patterns and trends that most miss.You’ll also learn about getting data and applying a journalistic mindset to the technologies. We ask that you attend the entire session, which runs all afternoon.
Striking out on your own
May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16freelanceLooking forward as a journalist, you’re yearning for independence.You’re looking to life the life of a freelancer! Things look pretty awesome over there.Oh, but wait– what about those all-rights-grabbing contracts? Those piddly pennies paid by publishers who plead poor? Chasing down the client whose work you finished six months ago and still hasn’t paid you, while pitching the next client you hope pays you sooner than six months from now?Fear not– success can be found in freelancing without relying on the need for others to help pay the rent!Our panelists will share how they’ve built successful careers as independent journalists and how, with the right amount of preparation and care, the grass on their side of the fence really can be that green.
Keeping the multiplatform beast at bay
May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16tweetWelcome to reality as a journalist working in a multiplatform newsroom.Go cover an event for us, please. Don’t forget — when you get there, tweet that you’ve arrived and take a photo. Actually, take plenty of photos. Send periodic updates to your social media followers with all the right hashtags. Grab some more stills while you’re at it, though the photodesk would really prefer you take those on your point-and-shoot or SLR camera. While you’re juggling that with your left hand, don’t forget to grab some video for the web — heck, we might even use it for broadcast. You need to be pushing all this to your liveblog too, remember? Did we mention we wanted a 250-word hit for the website on that five minutes ago? Oh, and your deadline for the news hole we’ve left for you in the next print edition is in 30 minutes.Sound familiar? Ominous? Something you want to run as far away from as possible?Our panelists are experienced with taming the multiplatform beast on a daily basis as part of what they do in their own newsrooms. They’ll provide some tips on how to manage the demands of a media universe that’s always hungry for content, without sacrificing on the context, quality and skill expected by an always-discerning audience.
Saturday keynote – Tech geeks meet journalism: How data helps storytelling May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16codeStorytellers looking to break news and change the world around them can benefit from the help of the nearest tech geek.Catherine Gicheru, an award-winning Knight fellow based in Kenya, is working to connect “techies” in east Africa with journalists who have stories to tell.Her keynote address is all about how the non-profit Code for Kenya is using open data to bridge technological divides.
Going corporate May 28, 2016 Session hashtags: #CAJ16bizYour editor has just assigned you a business story and you’ve never covered more than a ribbon-cutting at the local mall.Where do you begin?Our panelists will take delegates through a must-have set of practices and tips on pulling together a successful business story.
From carryables to wearables to implantables May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16wearitOver the past 20 years, global cultures have embraced the idea of mobile communication by adopting smartphone technology.This swift transformation has made the concept of wearable computers and, ultimately, the idea of implantable future devices all the more believable. Simultaneously, popular culture, including film (Minority Report), television (Star Trek), gaming (Deus Ex), comic books (Iron Man) and literature (William Gibson novels) socialize society to embrace ideas that previously seemed impossible.Isabel Pedersen’s book, Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media, argues that our technological futures are framed according to this “continuum of embodiment.”Drawing on case studies surrounding Google Glass, digital tattoos, exoskeletons, bionic contacts, and emergent concepts surrounding implantables, this talk invites the audience to consider wearables now but also in the future. It discusses how fictional scenarios, social media, circulating news stories in mainstream media, and digital culture all impact the adoption of technology by society.
Cutting through the clutter
May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16clutterYour cellphone’s buzzing.Someone’s mentioned you in a tweet.Your Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and Vine time lines are scrolling faster than you can keep up with themPR flacks are deluging your inboxes with things they want you to write about.Your editor wanted a story pitch five minutes ago.How do you cut through the noise that increasingly fights for everyone’s attention — including yours as a journalist — and find the diamonds in the rough? The tip, the tidbit, the morsel of goodness that leads you to create journalism that endures?Jacqui Banaszynski will lead this session full of examples and practical tips you can use to help cut through the clutter and find the great stories.
Data journalism workshop - Part one
May 28, 2016 This is a morning-long session that introduces tools and techniques for working with online maps.Esri Canada location analytics specialist Paul Voegtle and Associate GIS Analyst Jasmine Sohal will lead delegates through hands-on examples of how to present your data in a visual, interactive way. The focus will be on the ArcGIS Online tool and Esri Story Maps.We ask that you attend the entire session, which runs all morning.
Becoming a podcaster
May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16podYou have an idea. But would it work as a podcast?Ask Karen Unland and Zain Velji, a former journalist and a strategist who moonlight as podcasters.They will explain what makes a good audio series and give you tips on how to do one.
Swinging left — reflecting on changes at Alberta’s legislature
May 28, 2016 Session hashtags: #CAJ16ableg #ableg #abpoliIt’s been a dramatic few years in Alberta politics to say the least.After the leadership campaign that elected Alison Redford to the premier’s office, a general election where many of the pundits had given the win to Wildrose’s Danielle Smith. Stability wasn’t in the cards, as Redford’s spending habits got her into trouble with her own caucus and voters across Alberta.In swept Jim Prentice, who was billed as the choice that could right the wrongs of his predecessor and win the Conservatives another mandate at the polls.Just about a year after that election that swept the NDP’s Rachel Notley into the premier’s office, this panel of journalist members of the Alberta legislative press gallery will discuss just how much the legislature has changed in the past few years and whether or not its politics have really changed just because voters swung left at the ballot box.
Communicating responsibly
May 28, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16commsThanks to Grant v. Torstar Corp. and Quan v. Cusson, responsible communication was brought into Canadian jurisprudence.It’s become case law that reinforced journalistic best practices when dealing with subjects facing potentially libelous allegations — so that the publication or broadcast of material in the public interest is not held up by that same subject’s refusal to address the allegations.Kathy Tomlinson has first-hand experience with this defence against prosecution for libel, based on work she completed when part of the CBC Go Public team. Together with potential guests, she’ll lead a discussion based on her experiences that will give any journalist the information needed to use responsible communication to support their work.
J-Fest 2016
May 27, 2016 - 8:24 PM EDT The news about the news industry keeps on going from bad to worse, with closures and layoffs being announced every few months. But, across Alberta and rest of Canada, journalists are still working hard to hold power to account and inform the public.That’s why the Canadian Association of Journalists launched J-Fest two-years ago. It’s an opportunity for reporters give their readers, listeners and viewers the inside scoop on the stories they’ve covered – and talk about how the news media can be made better.This year’s speakers will include: CBC News investigative reporters Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell, who will talk about exposing political wrongdoing in Alberta; Documentary filmaker Brandy Yanchyk, who will share her stories about uncovering racism against immigrants; and Award-winning journalist Omar Mouallem, the editor of the quarterly community magazine The Yards, who will discuss covering downtown development in Edmonton.
#MMIW: You don’t know what it’s like
May 27, 2016 Session hashtags: #CAJ16mmiw #MMIWWhen an aboriginal girl goes missing and the media move it – or don’t – what it’s it like for the families?Three woman share their stories about what it’s like to be on the other side of the story, what the media is doing right, where they go wrong and how to do better.The panel, moderated by Tina House, will also look at the long-anticipated National Inquiry.
Can we improve coverage of Indigenous issues through collaboration?
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16discourseWhen the Royal Commission Report on Aboriginal Peoples came out in 1996, every major media outlet covered the news event — but reporting quickly fizzled, before getting to the longtail of how Canada addressed the challenges raised, or not.Today, on the heels of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we have an opportunity to deeply report on the difficult, systemic issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada.Discourse Media will share findings from its six-month research into how we cover Indigenous people and perspectives and announce a new collaborative project, including funding and partnership opportunities for interested media outlets and journalists.
I’m a journalist– no, really.
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ15proIt’s a conversation that’s always simmering away among journalists and those who study media.It used to be easier to tell who was a journalist and who wasn’t, often based on a strong link between the individuals who created journalism and the outlets that had the means to publish and/or broadcast it.Today, anyone with an Internet connection can publish and broadcast to their heart’s content. There’s enough content out there to satisfy any interest.Who you work for or who publishes or broadcasts your work isn’t as defining as it used to be, particularly when some outlets chase clicks and conversions over investing in public interest journalism.How do we tell the journalists and their journalism from everything else that’s out there? Is it by defining and declaring some of them as members of a profession, like doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc.? Is it in the development and teaching of better critical media literacy skills?In their discussion, our panelists will touch on the latest research and thinking into the question of the professionalization of journalism.
Why you should be shooting more mobile video
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16videoMany journalists today — like the people they cover — have devices in their pockets that can shoot and/or stream usable video.So why isn’t every journalist taking advantage of having this technology and ability at the touch of a finger?AJ+’s Shadi Rahimi leads this hands-on session on mobile video, with a specific focus on using Periscope. This session is a Bring Your Own Device session and you may wish to make sure you have the Periscope app installed on your device beforehand.
There is a future in local journalism
May 27, 2016 As media owners continue to lose money, national and provincial media newsrooms shrink and we ask ourselves about the future of this industry in Canada, how do all these questions fare for local journalism?From ‘local’ stories done by our largest newsrooms down to the smallest newsrooms’ ever-local work, what’s the prognosis for the industry at this level? Are journalists, and journalism, still surviving and thriving in these markets, in those newsrooms?Our panel discusses the future of local journalism and why it remains a foundation for the industry as a whole.
Mapping in the cloud
May 27, 2016 Session hastag: #CAJ16mapEsri’s ArcGIS Online platform is a versatile tool not only for making online maps, but for telling compelling visual stories.In this introductory show-and-tell, Esri Canada location analytics specialist Paul Voegtle and Associate GIS Analyst Jasmine Soha will show you how you can use the platform to get fast results for your audience.If this session whets your appetite for more, Voegtle and Soha will lead the data-journalism track on Saturday morning, showing even more in-depth use of ArcGIS Online.
Everything gives you cancer — or does it?
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16healthThe challenges of reporting on health studies can be intimidating.One week, a study is published indicating something is bad — really bad — for people. Not too long afterwards, inevitably it seems, a new study will denounce what the earlier study was advocating. Or at least that’s often how coverage of these studies tends to characterize their findings.A veteran health journalist reflects on how to journalists can cut through the hype in health studies, with a particular emphasis on how to read and write about medical journals.
At what cost do we sell our souls? May 27, 2016 - 4:26 PM EDT Session hashtag: #CAJ16contentWhat’s the cost to journalism of sponsored content?Sponsored content or advertising that is “seamlessly integrated” with journalism content is ubiquitous. You may have heard it labelled as native advertising and custom content.It has been embraced and accepted by media as a potentially viable economic model in an increasingly grim media landscape.This panel will discuss the ethical considerations at stake and ask the question: In these times, is it worth the costs?
Friday keynote - Shadi Rahimi
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16shadiShadi Rahimi leads a team of journalists at AJ+, Al Jazeera’s online channel.She’ll speak about her current reality, the digital tools she and her team use to feed AJ+’s platforms and her thoughts on the state of our industry.
Plunder and pitfalls of open data May 27, 2016 Open data is a wonderful thing, but there is so much of it, but it's not all created equally.Data journalists David McKie of the CBC and Andrew McIntosh of QMI Agency are your guides to some of the gems on Canadian open data sites, and how they can be used to help find compelling stories.
What’s new in data journalism?
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16dataEvolution and revolution in data-journalism is a constant.There are always new tools, new techniques, new stories.In this fast-moving session, a trio of Canada’s leading data journalists will you bring you up to date on the latest trends in open data and data tools, and some of the best stories of the past year.
Naming Sexual Assault Complainants in the Media: What to think about
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16assaultThe Jian Ghomeshi trial triggered fierce debate about sexual assault complainants and the role of media; two of the complainants had shared their stories in the media before criminal charges were laid. One of the women initially opted for anonymity, the other, Lucy De Coutere, insisted on public identification.And so will future complainants.Publicly revealing their identity requires both the journalist and the complainant to walk a careful line. On one hand, it is important to ensure a complainant understands all that can flow from deciding to be interviewed and identified-they no longer control their story, the social media response can be toxic and, even years later, a search engine will almost certainly connect their name with that story. If the case proceeds to trial, statements to the media can be used by the defence against the complainant during cross-examination. And complainants must understand that while the journalist may believe their story, they still have a professional obligation to try and verify it.These issues will be discussed from a variety of perspectives: media law and ethics, and as well as the experiences of sexual assault complainants dealing with the media. This workshop will offer discussion and guidance on best practices.
Tablets: Profit or plunder? May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16tabletsThere has been much ado about tablets in the publishing world these past few years, particularly among Canadian newspaper and magazine publishers.Witness the launch of La Presse+ and its success in capturing and retaining audiences and the advertisers that help fund the work produced daily. Plans for this app led to the cessation of a print edition on weekdays early in 2016.Building on the foundation of that was the Toronto Star’s Touch tablet app, launched with great fanfare in the fall of 2015. Success hasn’t been as easy to find for TorStar though, as it laid off some contract employees associated with Touch and hasn’t seen the relative advertising success its Quebec-based cousin is enjoying.Looking to the past, there are tablet editions produced by Postmedia-owned papers in Ottawa, Montreal and Calgary as part of the redesign and launch of a multi-platform approach. In 2015 the country’s largest publisher of newspapers pulled the plug on its tablet editions, which haven’t been part of its redesigns in Edmonton, Windsor, Saskatoon, Regina or Vanvouver.
The tough interview
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16invuYou have your goal, your target has theirs.How do you plow through this battleground to get what you need for your story?Kathy Tomlinson, an investigative journalist with the Globe and Mail, shares her tips and techniques — for both print and broadcast reporters.
How to effectively use FOIP
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16foiCharles Rusnell and Jennie Russell are reporters with CBC Investigates, CBC Edmonton’s full-time investigative unit. They use freedom of information extensively, filing dozens of requests every year, to sustain the unit’s focus on political accountability journalism.Their successful, strategic use of FOIP has been widely credited with forcing transparency and democratic change in Alberta.Rusnell and Russell have won numerous regional and national awards, including the CAJ’s Don McGillivray Award for best overall investigative story of 2014 for Aura of Power, their series of stories that exposed the abuse of public resources by former Alberta premier Alison Redford.Together this duo will show how to write effective FOIPs that will capture the documents you want; how to establish an effective system for producing and managing large volumes of requests; and,strategies for increasing the success rate of your FOIP requests and production of original stories.
All we want to do is make a living May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16moneyPeople drawn to journalism live it and love it for the lifestyle and the rewards of keeping their communities informed, engaged and affecting change.It’s not really about the money, right? But it is — investigative journalism takes time and time is money. Having a journalist as watchdog on every council, board, commission and public agency is near-impossible to do for free.As layoffs at major media of every stripe and platform seen unending, will we reach the age where no one in Canada is willing to pay for journalists to do the work that fulfills our critical roles in a participatory, democratic society?Looking beyond Canadian media owners, the sources of revenue that can be tapped to allow for the sustainable, independent journalism to continue and grow are few. We don’t have foundations in Canada providing no-strings-attached funds. Are we limited to the online crowdfunder?Our panelist(s) will speak about how they worked to find the money to fund the journalism they wanted to do, on both sides of the border.
Opening plenary - What the heck is happening to journalism?
May 27, 2016 Session hashtag: #CAJ16openThis year has been (another?) dire year for media in Canada.Alongside the continual trickle of layoffs, downsizings and closures, the Canadian media landscape was hit by a succession of gut-punching announcements to kick off the new year.In January, TorStar Corp. announced the closure of its Vaughan, Ont., printing plant and the layoff of Star Touch contract journalists from its newsroom.The week after, Postmedia Network pulled the rug out from journalists working in Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver as what were two competing newsrooms were shotgun-married into a single newsroom — a decision that carried 90 layoffs and buyouts. Neither decision alone comes to meet the pending need to pay down debt.The week after that, Rogers Media announced that 200 positions would be eliminated from its print and broadcast operations, touching magazines, television and radio operations across Canada. This matched an almost-identical decision by Bell Media in 2015.In the space of a January week, daily newspapers ceased publishing in Nanaimo, B.C., and Guelph, Ont.Our panelists, moderated by CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey, will start from the depressing state of the industry and move into a discussion on what could be done to allow journalists to keep doing what they want to do: Keep Canadians informed about the things they need to know happening in their country, province and local community.
Audio journalism: From conception to execution (and maybe making a few bucks in the process) - Repeat session
Jun 6, 2015 Audio journalism in the form of both stand-alone pieces and full-on podcasts has seen significant recognition in the past two years. Russell Gragg of the Halifax Examiner and Free Speech Radio News joins Erica Butler, a freelance broadcast and print journalist, to guide you through some new and old venues for your audio projects. Where are the markets? Should you be podcasting? How can you get paid for it? Bring your ears and your own ideas to share.#CAJ15audio
Audio journalism: From conception to execution (and maybe making a few bucks in the process) Jun 5, 2015 Audio journalism in the form of both stand-alone pieces and full-on podcasts has seen significant recognition in the past two years. Russell Gragg of the Halifax Examiner and Free Speech Radio News joins Erica Butler, a freelance broadcast and print journalist, to guide you through some new and old venues for your audio projects. Where are the markets? Should you be podcasting? How can you get paid for it? Bring your ears and your own ideas to share.#CAJ15audio
Conference banquet and 2014 CAJ Awards gala
Jun 6, 2015 Join us as we gather to celebrate the recipients of the 2014 CAJ Awards and bring our annual conference to an end. The presentation of awards should begin at about 8 p.m. AT.#CAJ15 #CAJawards
Reporting from the courtroom
Jun 6, 2015 - 2:45 PM EDT From the Rob Ford investigation to covering kids who commit crimes, the courts can be a treasure trove of information for journalists – ITOs, transcripts, and exhibits. But they can also be confusing to navigate, and even intimidating. This session will offer some tips and tricks for accessing the courts, including making your own applications for exhibits and arguing in front of a judge without a lawyer.#CAJ15court
How to spot a fake - repeat session Jun 6, 2015 - 2:45 PM EDT Is that video of an exploding house real? Craig Silverman shows us how to assess and verify photos and video that we see shared on social media.#CAJ15fake
Deep journalism in a time of scarcity Jun 6, 2015 - 2:02 PM EDT We can almost always be doing a better job of producing deep, issue-based reporting and engaging audiences in our work. But how can we achieve that with stretched resources? Ambitious projects in Canada and elsewhere are forging creative ways of doing impact-driven journalism by collaborating in a deeper way with audiences, organizations, funders and media outlets. Panelists will discuss how these projects succeeded or stumbled.#CAJ15deep
Covering your tracks online - repeat session
Jun 6, 2015 - 1:45 PM EDT In this age of digital surveillance you and your sources could be exposed. A hands-on session on the threats posed by the NSA and hackers, and how you can counter them. Bring your laptop and phone if you can. Presented by Hacks and Hackers.#CAJ15hack
Media criticism
Jun 6, 2015 We’re immersed in media. It connects us to what’s going on, what angers and excites us, what matters. But who’s watching the watchers? Jesse Brown and Tim Bousquet make it their business to hold up a mirror to media. What’s reflected is not always pretty.#CAJ15media
Funding journalism
Jun 6, 2015 - 12:45 PM EDT You want to produce quality journalism - and get paid for it. Panellists describe how their organizations bring in money to pay the bills and the effect that has on their editorial operations.#CAJ15fund
Fair use of images and video online
Jun 6, 2015 - 12:45 PM EDT When images from a breaking news event appear online they get attention. Whether snapped by a reporter and used in a story or captured by an eyewitness and posted to Twitter, they are often duplicated across the Internet in minutes. But what are the boundaries of fair dealing? This panel tackles the legal, ethical and economic issues that arise from the use, fair or not, of copyrighted content in the age of social media.#CAJ15ethi
Public service journalism in a changing media landscape Jun 6, 2015 - 12:45 PM EDT Despite media layoffs, cutbacks and the move to short news briefs, journalists at Canadian media outlets are still producing stories that make a significant impact on the public good. This panel of Michener Award winners and nominees will discuss the value of public service journalism - journalism that brings about improvements in public policy, ethical standards, corporate governance or the lives of Canadians.#CAJ15ps
Keynote - Seymour Hersh
Jun 6, 2015 - 11:51 AM EDT The legendary investigative journalists takes to the CAJ stage to share his thoughts on our industry.#CAJ15hersh
Lessons from Moncton Jun 6, 2015 Last June, Jim Foster was in the thick of a horrific story in his hometown -- the murder of three RCMP officers and the hunt for their killer. The longtime Moncton Times & Transcript reporter spent all but a few hours on the streets, inside the hot zone, penetrating the police lockdown area at will through his experience working with police and more than a little good fortune. When Justin Bourque was finally caught at midnight two nights later, out of the swarm of reporters from across Canada who were in Moncton, Jim was able to watch the arrest and videotape the killer being taken into custody in a scene of utter confusion and chaos. Jim shares with us what he learned during that ordeal.#CAJ15moncton
Navigating Aboriginal politics
Jun 6, 2015 How, if at all, do the rules vary for covering a band council meeting compared to a city hall council meeting? Are councillors' expense records or the band's financial documents open to public scrutiny? If not, how does a reporter access them? And once you've gained access - can do you lose it again? Trina Roache, Miles Howe and Waubgeshig Rice share their experience covering Aboriginal politics, what has worked and what didn't in terms of getting the information they need.#CAJ15FNpoli
You Be You: How to stop comparing yourself to The New York Times and be awesome
Jun 6, 2015 Developing and advancing day-to-day reporting and technical skill is especially hard when you think you have to measure up to someone else. Through this talk, you'll discover different ways to develop stories and presentation techniques that work for your situation and shine for your readership.#CAJ15you
Dealing with authority
Jun 6, 2015 Reporters regularly need to contact police, whether it’s about an overnight theft or car crash. In breaking news, when the storyline changes suddenly, that relationship becomes even more complex. Liam Hyland and Dan Arsenault join Halifax Regional Police Chief Blais to explore the fragile connection between reporters and police.#CAJ15cops
The La Presse+ experience
Jun 6, 2015 In April 2013, Montreal’s La Presse launched a tablet app with the goal of building a new flagship platform for its news business. Two years later, the results are astounding. Each weekday, more than 180,000 tablets open the daily edition of La Presse+, while La Presse continues to print 100,000 copies and still attracts more than 250,000 unique visitors per day. LP+ has been consistently experiencing remarkable engagement from its audience: Over 40 minutes daily on weekdays, 60 minutes on Saturdays and 50 minutes on Sundays. As the growth of the audience has become established, the shift of revenue from print to digital is now well on its way. Advertising on LP+ now accounts for more than 50 per cent of the company’s advertising revenues. Yann Pineau, deputy editor in chief, explains the stages of this adventure and what it has meant to La Presse and its newsroom.#CAJ15plus
FOI for Dummies - Repeat session
Jun 6, 2015 Everyone has heard about the problems plaguing freedom of information in Canada, yet almost every day we read enterprise journalism based on records obtained under the Access to Information Act. How is it that reporters succeed despite the odds stacked against them? The answer is persistence, tenacity—and the seven habits of effective filers. Join this seminar to learn them, and kickstart your FOI skills.#CAJ15FOI
How to responsibly cover Indigenous issues
Jun 6, 2015 This workshop is designed for working journalists who want to ensure they're effectively, accurately and ethically reporting on Indigenous issues. From terminology to the history of treaties to cross-cultural communication tips, the workshop covers fundamentals and calls on attendees to reexamine how they approach stories about Indigenous politics, peoples and cultures.#CAJ15JHR
TV newsgathering in the digital age
Jun 6, 2015 No one’s just filing for 6 p.m. anymore. There are photos to tweet, mobile videos to cut and share, and radio rants to produce. How do you juggle these demands? Where does it go from here? #CAJ15tv
2015 J-Fest
Jun 5, 2015 J-Fest is a public event. Listen to the person who was just named the National Newspaper Awards' journalist of the year speak about the importance of editorial cartooning. Hear a documentarian speak about the subject of her latest work, poverty and welfare in the Maritimes. Listen to an excerpt of a new book on the collision of indigenous land rights and a thirst for fracking.Each presenter will speak to how the work they do helps people understand and take action on the things that are important to them and to a strong democracy.#CAJ15fest
How to spot a fake Jun 5, 2015 Is that video of an exploding house real? Craig Silverman shows us how to assess and verify photos and video that we see shared on social media.#CAJ15fake
The underrepresented woman
Jun 5, 2015 Women are increasingly visible in the news media, anchoring flagship shows, writing high profile columns, reporting from around the world. So why are advocacy efforts aimed at giving women greater access and voice still necessary? This panel discusses the persistent obstacles to women's equal participation in news making, and explores the costs and consequences of women's talents and perspectives remaining chronically under-represented. #CAJ15women
FOI for Dummies
Jun 5, 2015 Everyone has heard about the problems plaguing freedom of information in Canada, yet almost every day we read enterprise journalism based on records obtained under the Access to Information Act. How is it that reporters succeed despite the odds stacked against them? The answer is persistence, tenacity—and the seven habits of effective filers. Join this seminar to learn them, and kickstart your FOI skills.#CAJ15FOI
How to cover protests
Jun 5, 2015 - 1:30 PM EDT Reporting on protests like in Ferguson takes a lot of juggling. How do you get all sides, gather the interviews and images you need, deal with the demands of the newsroom and file on deadline? CTV cameraman Liam Hyland tells us what to do, starting with what to pack.#CAJ15protest
The business of freelance
Jun 5, 2015 - 1:30 PM EDT The business of freelance: You need more than just a good story if you’re freelancing or working part time or casual -- you need a good business sense. Two successful freelancers and an accountant share tips on how to plan and keep more of your money.#CAJ15free
Reporting on a Reticent Government
Jun 5, 2015 - 1:25 PM EDT No government goes out of its way to encourage investigative reporting, but some governments are more hostile to journalists digging around in their affairs than others. How do you report on a government that shuts down your questions, refuses to confirm or deny anything, and communicates almost exclusively through talking points and advertising? Justin Ling, Paul McLeod, and Alex Boutilier discuss their experience and methods for reporting on governments that really would rather they didn't, thanks very much. Practical questions from the floor encouraged.#CAJ15shutdown
Covering your tracks online Jun 5, 2015 In this age of digital surveillance you and your sources could be exposed. A hands-on session on the threats posed by the NSA and hackers, and how you can counter them. Bring your laptop and phone if you can. Presented by Hacks and Hackers. This session runs for two hours.#CAJ15hack
Health-care reporting Jun 5, 2015 You’ve just been assigned a complex medical, health policy or science story. Don’t panic. Three veteran journalists offer tips and practical advice on how to scrutinize evidence, where to go for help and not be bamboozled by experts and jargon.#CAJ15health
Finding the money in any story
Jun 5, 2015 Every journalist inevitably looks for the money in the stories they report, but that’s not as easy as stumbling upon an envelope full of cash. Carleton University's Chris Waddell knows how to navigate the tricky world of disclosure that harbours your next scoop hiding in plain sight.#CAJ15money
Data journalism session
Jun 5, 2015 The on-site data stream continues... more info on this session will be posted before the conference.#CAJ15data
How government keeps Canadians in the dark
Jun 5, 2015 Our access to information system is in shambles. Ottawa is doing everything it can to shut down investigative journalism. CJFE’s Tom Henheffer explains why Canada’s government has become so closed off and what is being done to once again shine a light on our public information.#CAJ15CJFE
Keynote - Chika Oduah
Jun 5, 2015 The world has changed a lot since powerful nations relinquished control of their colonies, but has journalism changed? If so, how much? During the colonial era, journalists from the Western world told the stories of faraway lands. They shaped the narrative of Africa as the Dark Continent, the exotic Middle East and the mystic Far East. Today, Western journalists are still largely shaping the narrative that the world hears about the developing world. It's time to equip, empower and amplify the voices of local journalists from Zambia, Thailand, Cape Verde and beyond to reach the global community to present more accurate portrayals of life in the developing world.#CAJ15AKFC
Telling stories with maps Jun 5, 2015 Esri Canada's Paul Voegtle will show you how easy it is to tell stories with maps using Esri's ArcGIS Online.#CAJ15data
Turning news stories into books
Jun 5, 2015 You have a great news story. Would it make a great book? Find out by pitching your idea to a panel of writers. They’ll give you feedback and share their tips on what works and what doesn’t.#CAJ15books
Understanding audiences for publishers
Jun 5, 2015 How can newsrooms use analytics to better understand and engage their audiences? James G. Robinson of the New York Times shares what he's learned about helping editors and journalists apply audience insights to build better relationships with their readers, and some thoughts on what's to come.#CAJ15insight
Thinking visually
Jun 5, 2015 Everyone in a newsroom is expected to take photographs now. Jeff Harper will share his top tips on how to take better photos with any camera. #CAJ15viz
Why partnerships matter
Jun 5, 2015 You don’t need to do everything yourself. In fact, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t. The Center for Investigative Reporting collaborates on stories regularly with various groups and media organizations. Susanne Reber will walk us through a few examples and share a blueprint for a successful partnership.#CAJ15partner
Using drones for newsgathering
Jun 5, 2015 Drones have taken some stunning footage of news events around the world over the past few years, including the recent flight over the devastation in Nepal following the earthquake. But what are the rules for news organizations in Canada? Pat Martel, a CBC producer in Charlottetown, leads a discussion with Mark Langille from Flitelab in Halifax. Mark explains Transport Canada rules, tech requirements and offers tips on how to get the best aerial shots. He also demonstrates his new INSPIRE 1.#CAJ15drones
Finding stories in data
Jun 5, 2015 In this hands-on session, Glen McGregor will introduce you to the art of finding stories in simple data, using Microsoft Excel.#CAJ15data
Opening plenary: Understanding audiences
Jun 5, 2015 Who’s out there? What are they reading, watching or listening to -- and why? Knowing the numbers is important, but it’s not nearly enough. It’s the question of our time -- how do we turn the numbers into enduring, two-way relationships?#CAJ15aud
CAJ Toronto - After Deadline with Canadaland's Jesse Brown
Feb 18, 2015 Join CAJ Toronto at the Press Club (850 Dundas St. W., Toronto) on Wednesday Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. for a chat with Jesse Brown, founder of Canadaland!Jesse Brown is known for successfully crowd-funding an engaging podcast that turns the spotlight on media outlets across Canada.You might also know him as the journalist behind the Jian Ghomeshi investigation.This event will be a moderated talk followed by audience questions. Consider this your chance to ask him anything.
#CAJAwards gala
May 11, 2014 The highlight of #CAJ14-- the #CAJAwards gala.
May 10, 2014 Are journalists losing their audiences and impact on democratic society? In a new feature geared towards a general audience, the CAJ welcomes all to attend J-Fest where the five journalists above will share their work, why we should care about it and the impact it could have on society.For almost 30 years, Dan Murphy was an editorial cartoonist at The Province newspaper. But his illustrations didn’t just give newspaper readers laughs. They also told truths about current events in a way other journalists couldn’t. Murphy discusses the future of political cartoons and why they're as vital as ever.The British Columbia government thinks liquid natural gas development is one of the keys to the province’s future. But such a future won’t come without risks. Gillis, a Vancouver-based activist and journalist, has been investigating those risks as part of his forthcoming documentary Fractured Land. Gillis will be showing a clip from that documentary and sharing his thoughts on the value and costs of natural gas development.
Make it happen, now, with Scribblelive
May 10, 2014 Kim Fox, VP of content at ScribbleLiveThis will be a hands-on workshop, all about ScribbleLive, the live-blogging tool that is redefining how newsrooms around the world cover live events on their digital platforms. If you've ever followed an event live online as it's happening, chances are the website was using ScribbleLive to do it. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) session.
Activist Journalism
May 10, 2014 Jordan Bateman, Canadian Taxpayers FederationLaila Yuile, 24 Hours Vancouver columnist, bloggerDamien Gillis, Common Sense Canadian editorThanks to newsroom cutbacks, journalists have become more reliant on activists for stories and research. Meanwhile, activists are publishing and broadcasting content that increasingly looks like journalism. Jordan Bateman, Damien Gillis and Laila Yule discuss what that means for media outlets.
"I said what?" A discussion on informed consent
May 10, 2014 Meredith Levine, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Information and Media StudiesJulian Sher, Senior producer CBC's The Fifth EstateThese two members of the CAJ's ethics advisory committee will lead a workshop flowing out of the recently published discussion paper asking if our old practices of informed consent are enough in this day and age
Media court challenges in tough economic times
May 10, 2014 Mike Wagner, Farris media lawyerKim Bolan, Vancouver SunJayme Poisson, Toronto StarPeg Fong, CBC VancouverFrom the Surrey Six murder case to the Ford files, learn about the successful court battles of the Vancouver Sun and the Toronto Star that have helped advanced important news stories. Hear from Vancouver Media Lawyer Mike Wagner, of Farris, about his work opposing publication bans on the identities of key Surrey Six witnesses that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. Panel will include a Q & A brainstorming session about other ways to get access to court materials/keep courts open without breaking the bank.
BlackBerry guy goes global
May 10, 2014 Iain Marlow, Globe and Mail / Report on Business, will discuss his transition from award-winning BlackBerry beat reporter to his new role covering the Asia-Pacific Rim out of Vancouver. This panel is organized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) in Canad
Reporting under fire
May 10, 2014 In this workshop, the Ottawa Citizen’s military affairs writer examines the intricacies of reporting from conflict zones such as Afghanistan. The workshop will look at embedded vs. un-embedded reporting, medical needs/insurance, transportation, safety, working with translators and dealing with military forces. Also to be discussed is the issue of “informed consent/protecting security sources.
The power of drone journalism
May 10, 2014 Speaker: Ethan Baron, Langara CollegeLook up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s actually the latest tool for journalists: drones. Langara College journalism instructor Ethan Baron shows off his program’s drone, demonstrates how they work and what reporters can potentially do with them.
First Nations, Last in Coverage
May 9, 2014 Duncan McCue, CBC NewsGrand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, Chair of the Okanagan Nation AllianceOssie Michelin, APTNDavid Wiwchar, News Director 93.3 The Peak, ISLAND RADIO (Port Alberni, B.C.), CAJ national director -- moderatorThe reporting of First Nations issues is becoming increasingly prominent. Is this due to an improving relationship between First Nations leaders and reporters, or is it because there is an increasing number of First Nations reporters? We'll have two of Canada's most prominent First Nations leaders along with a veteran journalist and a young First Nations reporter discuss these and related issues.
Investigative Interviewing with Julian Sher
May 10, 2014 Julian Sher, Senior producer, CBC's The Fifth EstateAll interviews – but especially investigative ones -- are battlegrounds. The journalist and the subject are fighting for control of the interview. Your target has an agenda and a list of talking points – your job, much like a prizefighter in a boxing ring, is to seize and keep control of the match, throw your opponent off balance and push them into corners they don't want to go. What are the tricks and traps to avoid?
Stigma and beyond: covering mental illness
May 10, 2014 Kathryn Gretsinger, UBC Graduate School of Journalism, CBCMaryse Zeidler, UBC Graduate School of JournalismBritney Dennison, UBC Graduate School of JournalismDr. Bill MacEwan, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British ColumbiaThis is a workshop led by Kathryn Gretsinger, UBC Graduate School of Journalism. While reporting on mental health has improved in the last ten years, much remains uncharted territory. What knowledge and skills do journalists need to develop stories about mental illness that don’t reinforce flawed stereotypes? This workshop will concentrate on the practicalities of researching and reporting on themes discussed in the plenary session From Fear to Fairness: Covering Mental Illness in Canada , problems imposed by the news budget, and finding new ways to put complex stories about people with mental health challenges in the mainstream, where they can make a difference.This workshop co-presented by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.
How not to cover think tanks
May 10, 2014 Columbia roomDescriptionDonald Gutstein, Simon Fraser UniversityCanada’s think tanks are a major source of information and stories for journalists, influencing news agendas for media outlets across the country. But should reporters be approaching that information more critically? Simon Fraser University's Donald Gutstein, whose book on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and think tanks will be published this fall, helps answer that questio
Everything you know about being a business reporter is wrong
May 10, 2014 Becky Bisbee, Business editor Seattle TimesIntroductory session to business journalism - includes thinking about stories from a business journalism perspective; data and public records; and perhaps a very quick exposure to a financial statement. This panel is organized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) in Canada.
Art and Arc of Storytelling
May 10, 2014 You’ve done a massive investigation and uncovered a mountain of material, but then you blow it with boring or predictable writing. Don't show us your research, tell us a gripping story. Julian Sher explains the basic tools of story telling, including the four C’s of Character, Context, Conflict and Conclusion. More importantly, he explains why it is key to start writing while you are researching, not after
Polling 101: What journalists should know
May 10, 2014 - 10:45 AM EDT Shachi Kurl, vice-president Angus Reid GlobalWhat? You didn’t get into the reporting business because you love statistics and debates about the makeup of a random sample? But you are committed to the importance of accuracy in reporting? An introduction to the history of polling, methodology, questionnaire design and parsing data may enhance the way you report surveys and demystify public opinion polling to your audiences. This will not be a jargon-filled hour. Instead, someone who spent the first third of her career as a journalist will share tips (with illustrative gifs!) on what you should know - and what you should be asking – when reporting on and interpreting public opinion polls.
What does Gen Y want from the media?
May 10, 2014 Tara Mahoney, founder Gen Why MediaKai Nagata, Dogwood Initiative energy and democracy directorSarah Berman, independent journalistWhat is Gen Y looking for from journalists today? What kind of stories are they interested in and how do they want them told? Panelists will discuss what makes Gen Y’s media demands different from Gen X and the Baby Boomers.
How to cover the homeless
May 9, 2014 More than 200,000 Canadians are homeless in any given year. Yet there are many untold stories about the homeless and the issues they face. Sean Condon, executive director of Vancouver’s street newspaper Megaphone Magazine, discusses those stories and how to use the homeless as sources.
What do you mean, "ethnic?"
May 10, 2014 Panelists will discuss editorial mandates of ethnic media, ethnic media as public opinion makers as well as the label "ethnic." What does it really mean? How has it been articulated in the mainstream sphere, including the political sphere?
No beat is boring: Mining local coverage for juicy stories
May 10, 2014 New York’s Port Authority doesn’t sound like the world’s most exciting beat. But Bergen Record reporter Shawn Boburg used it to blow the lid off New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s involvement in a politically-motivated traffic jam. Boburg will give you practical, hands-on tips for building sources, mining documents and recognizing the potential in a run-of-the-mill beat.
How to give good dead
May 9, 2014 The art of obituary writing.

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