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Guardian of News

29 November 2018 @ 7:00 pm

– Watch the video
– Listent to the podcast
– View the photos
– Read the Toronto Star columns by public editor Kathy English and columnist Heather Mallick

– Listen to the interview on CBC Radio’s The Current
– Read the interview with The Globe and Mail’s senior media writer Simon Houpt

Breaking NewsOver a 20-year career as editor of the British daily The GuardianAlan Rusbridger oversaw the publication of ground-breaking journalism: the WikiLeaks story, the phone-hacking scandal, the mass government surveillance as disclosed by U.S National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. As he managed the transition from national print newspaper to news site with a strong global online readership, he championed free access and strong journalistic standards. But decisions made along the way were not without their challenges and controversies. Join Rusbridger for this conversation with Irene Gentle, editor of the Toronto Star, and for the Canadian launch of his book Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now.


Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now
An urgent account of the revolution that has upended the news business, written by one of the most accomplished journalists of our time.
Books will be available for purchase. Book-signing will follow the event.
This event is general seating, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, November 29
6pm Doors open  | 7pm Discussion |  8:30pm Reception 
(Cash bar)
Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles St. W. 
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Alan Rusbridger

Alan Rusbridger was Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian in London for 20 years, and is currently Principal of Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford, where he is chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He oversaw the transformation of the Guardian to a world-leading digital news organisation. Under his leadership the paper became the most-visited serious English language website in the world. Investigations into WikiLeaks, tax avoidance, phone hacking and the Snowden revelations won numerous awards, including the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.  He writes about the transformation and challenges of the news industry in Breaking News (2018). He is a keen amateur musician and described his parallel musical life in Play it Again (2013). He lives in London and Oxford. @arusbridger


Irene Gentle

Irene Gentle was named earlier this year as Editor of the Toronto Star. Irene is the first female editor in the Star‘s 126-year history. As editor, she is responsible for all the coverage in the print and digital editions, as well as in charge of overall editorial strategic planning. She joined the Toronto Star in 2011 as Business Editor. In 2012, she was appointed Assistant Managing Editor and City Editor and, in 2016, named Managing Editor. Before joining the Star, she held a series of progressive roles at The Hamilton Spectator, which she joined in 2005, serving as Assignment Editor, Business Editor, City Editor and finally as News Editor. @IreneGentle




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29 November 2018
7:00 pm
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