• TMX Broadcast Centre, Toronto
  • September 19, 2017 - 06:30

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Canada is journalism's latest cool assignment. Renewed international interest in all things Canadian means even we’re looking at our country from a different perspective—thanks in part to the Age of Trump and its contrast with our refugee-embracing, feminist prime minister. From discussing news outlets covering more Canada to others discovering our country and casting it in a flattering light, this panel explores the stories gaining traction with audiences, both locally and abroad, and the stories that still need to be told in a fraught political environment. 

Madelaine Drohan, Canada correspondent for The Economist; Jodi Rudoren, editorial director of NYT Global, the international edition of the New York Times, and Stephen Rodrick, the contributing editor for Rolling Stone who recently profiled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, discussed coverage with moderator Alison Smith, host of CPAC’s foreign affairs show, Perspective with Alison Smith.

Tuesday, September 19 
Doors open 6:00pm  |  Discussion 6:30 pm  |  Reception 8:00pm

TMX Broadcast Centre
The Exchange Tower, 130 King Street West


Madelaine Drohan
MADELAINE DROHAN is an award-winning author and journalist who has covered business and politics in Canada, Europe and Africa during her 40-year career. She has been the Canada correspondent for The Economist magazine since 2006. She became a senior fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa in July 2016. She is the author of the award-winning book, Making a Killing: How and Why Corporations Use Armed Force to do Business. She has held research fellowships with the Public Policy Forum, the Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership and the Reuters Foundation at Oxford University and has written a series of reports on Canadian public policy including Does Serious Journalism Have a Future in Canada? ; The 9 Habits of Effective Resource Economies; and Scandals and Their Aftermath. She was the first woman to win the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism in 2001. She lives in Ottawa. @mdrohan

Stephen Rodrick
STEPHEN RODRICK is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a writer-at-large for Esquire. At Rolling Stone, he wrote the recent cover story "Justin Trudeau: Why Can't He Be Our President?" He also writes for The New York Times Magazine. His writing has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Reporting, and The Best American Political Writing. His story, "Here's What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan In Your Movie," for The New York Times Magazine was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2014. His book, The Magical Stranger, a memoir of his father--a naval pilot killed off the USS Kitty Hawk when he was thirteen--and the two years he spent with his father's old squadron, was published by HarperCollins in 2013. He holds a BA and MA in political science from Loyola University in Chicago and a MS in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. He lives in Pennsylvania. 

Jodi Rudoren
JODI RUDOREN is editorial director of NYT Global, the company-wide initiative to make The New York Times a truly global news organization and significantly grow its international audience. She took the position in February 2017, after a year as deputy international editor and serving on Project 2020, a seven-member team charged with drawing a blueprint for the newsroom’s future. Since joining The Times in 1998, Jodi has served as bureau chief in Jerusalem and Chicago, and as Education Editor, Deputy Metropolitan Editor and National Education Correspondent. She also covered the 2004 American presidential campaign; was the founding editor of Metropolitan, a Sunday print section that debuted in 2009; and in 2011 led the team that, in conjunction with WNYC, created SchoolBook, a news/data/community website. Before The Times, Jodi spent six years at the Los Angeles Times. She is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Yale University. Jodi and her husband, Gary, an architect and comedy writer, live in Montclair with their twins. @rudoren


Alison Smith
ALISON SMITH is host of CPAC’s foreign affairs show, Perspective with Alison Smith. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe. She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama. She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan). @alisonsmith


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