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  • November 8, 2017 - 18:00

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Who says it’s all dire news for the media industry? Consider these recent arrivals. The West End Phoenix is a community news monthly just launched in Toronto—ad-free and in print. The Conversation Canada is an edition of the Australian website that turns academic research into accessible articles. Discourse Media is an independent, Vancouver-based website finding success in its collaborative approach to journalism. Then there’s The Athletic, a subscription sports website expanding across major North American cities. In an environment where media outlets are struggling, what does it take to launch something new? And what does it take to sustain it? 
Join our speakers: David Bidini, founder and publisher of The West End Phoenix; Saleem Khan, emergent platforms, science and technology editor with The Conversation Canada; Erin Millar, editor-in-chief and CEO of Discourse Media; and James Mirtle, editor-in-chief of The Athletic in Canada. Catherine Wallace, the former executive producer of the Montreal Gazette’s iPad 6 pm edition who explored alternative sources of civic news as the 2016-2017 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, moderates.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Doors open 5:30pm  |  Discussion 6:00pm  | Reception 7:30pm

The SPORT Gallery
15 Tank House Lane (Distillery District)


DAVID BIDINI is the publisher of Toronto's newest newspaper, The West End Phoenix. He is also an author and musician, and the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well CBC's Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 10 books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentaries and his play, the Five Hole Stories, was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008. His third book, Baseballissimo, is being developed for the screen by Jay Baruchel, and, in 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award, for "Travels in Narnia,” followed by Calgary Wordfest’s Anne Green Award for artistic audacity. In 2014, he was nominated for a Toronto Arts Award and published his latest book, Keon and Me. @hockeyesque

SALEEM KHAN is emergent platforms, science and technology editor at The Conversation Canada. A digital news pioneer, he founded JOVRNALISM for virtual reality in journalism, and investigative news and technology startup invstg8.net. He previously launched and ran CBC's technology news service, was global technology and news editor at Metro and Toronto Star newspapers, and reported for the New York Times, Globe and Mail, National Post, Fast Company and others. He is a Kiplinger Fellow, Unity Fellow, and won OpenNews, African Media Initiative, Knight and Mozilla foundation honours. Formerly the Canadian Association of Journalists' chairman, Saleem is an Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards judge, advises the Online News Association and co-authored the Social Newsgathering Code of Ethics. He is an adviser to Google/Knight/ONA's Journalism 360 immersive news initiative, and recently advised and is quoted in the new Associated Press virtual reality journalism report, “The Age of Dynamic Storytelling: A guide for journalists in a world of immersive 3D content.” @saleemkhan

ERIN MILLAR is Discourse Media’s editor-in-chief and CEO. She has received multiple awards for journalism innovation, including being named 2015 Bob Carty Fellow by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Storyteller-in-Residence at Ashoka Canada, and an AmEx Emerging Innovator. She has hosted talks and workshops across Canada and internationally, including at the Canadian Association of Journalists national conference and Italy’s International Journalism Festival. She has reported from over a dozen countries for Canadian and international publications. She taught journalism at Quest University Canada and Langara College. She is a trustee of the Uncharted Journalism Fund and serves on the board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. @erinmillar

JAMES MIRTLE is the editor-in-chief of The Athletic in Canada. James spent the previous 12 years as a sportswriter covering the NHL and the game of hockey with The Globe and Mail and was the founding editor at SB Nation's hockey vertical. He appears regularly on TSN Radio across Canada. @mirtle


CATHERINE WALLACE was the 2016-17 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, looking at alternative sources of civic news and information to help fill the void created as the news industry shrinks. Her Atkinson articles were published in the Toronto Star. She was managing editor of the Montreal Gazette at a time of sharp cutbacks and restructuring to protect core areas of journalism. She then became executive producer of the short-lived but beautiful iPad evening edition. That was her second stint at the Gazette. She has also worked twice at the Toronto Star and once at The Globe and Mail. @cxwcxw


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