• TMX Broadcast Centre, Toronto
  • November 15, 2016 - 17:30
Established online in the last decade, they were media's "new kids on the block"—digital disruptors that carved their own niches within the traditional media landscape and were hailed as either saviours or saboteurs: BuzzFeed, with its listicles and viral content; VICE, with its rebel millennial voice and muckraking videos; and Twitter, a platform for citizen journalism, live reporting and feedback, along with free, sharable content. Now with a strong foothold in the Canadian media industry, what are the challenges and obstacles these digital disruptors face?

Simon Houpt, senior media writer with The Globe and Mail,  moderated this discussion featuring Michael Gruzuk, director of news and digital content for VICE Canada; Jennifer Hollett, head of news and government for Twitter Canada; and Craig Silverman, editor of BuzzFeed Canada

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
TMX Broadcast Centre - Gallery, The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. W., Toronto



MICHAEL GRUZUK is the director of News and Digital Content for VICE Canada, overseeing editorial content and digital production for the various VICE verticals in Canada, including VICE News, vice.com, Motherboard, VICE Sports, Broadly, Noisey, Thump, Munchies, and the new VICE Money. Prior to joining VICE, Michael was the executive producer of special programming for CBC News, leading the multi-platform 2015 Federal Election Night coverage, and overseeing all international and domestic special events. Michael was previously the senior program producer of The National, CBC's flagship newscast, and worked as the senior producer of CBC News: Marketplace. Prior to these leadership roles, Michael was a documentary producer for CBC News in Toronto and Vancouver, winning two Gemini Awards for best direction. Michael is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism. @mgruzuk
JENNIFER HOLLETT is a smashup of digital, journalism, and politics. She is the new head of news and government for Twitter Canada. Jennifer has worked in digital since the late ’90s, when she became the youngest manager ever at Sony Music Canada, developing new media strategies for the label’s top artists. Jennifer recently co-founded a startup and developed “Super PAC App,” which debuted #1 in its category in the App Store, helping make political TV ads more transparent. An award-winning TV reporter and producer, Jennifer has over a decade of experience at CBC, CTV, and MuchMusic. She won a Canadian Online Publishing Award for her work hosting CBC’s G20 Street Level blog during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, and was recognized by Amnesty International Canada with a 2009 Media Award for her CBC radio reporting from Israel and Palestine. @jenniferhollett
CRAIG SILVERMAN is the editor of BuzzFeed Canada, which launched in June of this year. He is also the founder of Emergent.info, a real-time rumor tracker that was developed as part a fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Craig previously founded Regret the Error, a blog about media accuracy and the discipline of verification. It’s now part of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where he serves as adjunct faculty. Prior to Poynter, he was part of the team that launched OpenFile, an online news startup the delivered community-driven reporting in six Canadian cities. Craig edited the Verification Handbook and the Verification Handbook For Investigative Journalism from the European Journalism Center. He is a the former managing editor of PBS MediaShift and has been a columnist for The Globe And Mail, Toronto Star, and Columbia Journalism Review. His journalism and books have been honored by the Mirror Awards, U.S. National Press Club, National Magazine Awards, Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and Crime Writers of Canada. @CraigSilverman 


SIMON HOUPT is The Globe and Mail's senior media writer, charged with covering the industry's transformation. He began his career with The Globe in 1999 as the paper's New York arts correspondent, covering the cultural life of that city through Canadian eyes. After 10 years on the beat, including six as a weekly columnist, he returned to the Globe's Toronto news room in the summer of 2009 to join the Report on Business as its advertising and marketing reporter. Prior to The Globe, Houpt worked on the CBC-TV new media current affairs show Undercurrents. He is the author of Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft@simonhoupt




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