We're all journalists now...a CJF Forum on Participatory Journalism

Wilf Dinnick, co-founder and CEO of OpenFile
Dan Dunsky, executive producer of TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Andrew Lundy, director of Globalnews.ca
Jennifer MacMillan, communities editor with The Globe and Mail
Rachel Nixon, director of digital media for CBC News and Centres

April 19, 2012
TMX Broadcast Centre, Toronto

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We're all journalists now...a CJF Forum on Participatory Journalism

Citizen feedback, bloggers, virtual story meetings…these are just a few of the innovations in content creation under way in journalism. The editorial gatekeepers are standing aside and making way for you. This CJF Forum explores the benefits and risks to editorial quality and how new ideas are building audiences.

Making citizen contributions work with moderator Wilf Dinnick, founding editor and CEO of OpenFile, and speakers Dan Dunsky, executive producer of TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin; Andrew Lundy, director of Globalnews.ca; Jennifer MacMillan, communities editor with The Globe and Mail; and Rachel Nixon, director of digital media for CBC News and Centres.
 

ABOUT OUR PANELLISTS

DAN DUNSKY is the executive producer of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO’s flagship public affairs program. Beyond broadcast, he has written extensively for The Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Star, and for the National Interest, National Review, and the Weekly Standard in the U.S. Prior to joining TVO, he was a marketing and communications consultant.

ANDREW LUNDY brings more than two decades of journalism experience as the director of Globalnews.ca, where he heads a team of people running 11 local sites, a national site, and dedicated show sites for the flagship Global National telecast and current affairs program 16:9. Before joining Global, he was editor-in-chief at MSN Canada, the country’s largest web portal, where he oversaw the management of key channels including Finance, Autos and Entertainment, and launched the site’s Green channel. Andrew started his online journalism career in 1998 as a web producer for CBC TV's Marketplace, and later created CBC.ca's Consumer zone. He moved to CBC Sports Online in 2000 as its senior producer, captaining coverage of seven Stanley Cups, four Olympic Games, and managing a team of writers and editors. Prior to coming to CBC, Andrew was an award-winning newspaper reporter for the St. Catharines Standard and the Financial Post.

JENNIFER MACMILLAN is The Globe and Mail's senior communities editor, working with readers and journalists to foster interaction through live discussions, comments, Twitter and Facebook. She has also worked as a reporter and online news editor at The Globe.

RACHEL NIXON is the director of digital media for CBC News and Centres. An award-winning journalist and highly experienced leader in digital media, she spearheads the strategic direction of CBC News on digital platforms. Rachel has led the successful redevelopment and relaunch of CBCNews.ca, Canada’s most popular news site, with a sharpened audience focus and a mandate to experiment with new forms of digital storytelling. She is responsible for CBC News’ mobile strategy, creating engaging news experiences for mobile devices, including the CBC News app. Prior to joining CBC in 2009, she was global news director for Vancouver-based start-up NowPublic.com where she ran the editorial operations of the world’s largest participatory news network. Before moving to Canada in 2007, Rachel was one of the first employees at the world renowned BBCNews.com in London, UK. She progressed through various roles in her nine years with the site, including daily news editor and, later, deputy world editor. She was named BBC World Service Editor of the Year in 2007. Rachel is a fellow of the Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute in LA, and holds a first-class honours degree from Oxford University.
 

ABOUT OUR MODERATOR

WILF DINNICK is founding editor and CEO of OpenFile, a network of local online news sites. OpenFile is delivering the service of local journalism faster, easier and more effectively to communities. It is a collaborative news site. Your story is the news on OpenFile. You suggest a story, they assign the reporter. As a foreign correspondent, Wilf had the good fortune to report from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe and all over the Middle East. He covered the war in Iraq, Afghanistan's first democratic elections, the South Asia tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II and the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. Wilf is an award-winning journalist and has worked for three Canadian networks. He was also an international correspondent for CNN and the Middle East correspondent for ABC News. Wilf has had some amazing experiences, but co-founding OpenFile is far and away the greatest highlight so far.