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February 2020

The Podcast Promise

Podcasting has become a rare bright spot for the news industry. According to a recent report from the Reuters Institute at Oxford University, the number of news podcasts globally rose by almost 12,000 in just 10 months, between January and October 2019. Whether it be true crime investigations, daily news, marginalized voices, niche topics or in-depth conversations, podcasts are also taking hold throughout Canada. What is this popular new journalism all about and why does it matter to the profession’s future?…

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Postponed: Decoding Digital Discontent: Kara Swisher Talks Tough on Today’s Digital Media Ecosystem

6 February 2020 @ 7:00 pm

WE REGRET THAT THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. We apologize for any inconvenience. For questions, contact programs@cjf-fjc.ca. With her signature no-holds-barred toughness, Kara Swisher is a singular force when it comes to covering the all-pervasive tech industry and Silicon Valley. Across many platforms, she gives voice to today’s digital discontent -- privacy concerns, ethical issues, tech regulations and U.S. politics. Swisher co-founded the technology news site, Recode, in 2014, hosts and produces the popular podcast Recode Decode and co-founded the Code Conference, an annual…

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March 2020

The Time is Now: Amplifying Women’s Voices in Media

5 March 2020 @ 6:30 pm

With women’s perspectives underrepresented in media, how can journalists increase the gender mix and diversity of their news sources and the experts they quote?  This important panel discussion will explore the outcome and ongoing challenges of a dedicated global project to increase the voices of women in news. Initiated and run by United for News, a global coalition founded by Internews in partnership with the World Economic Forum, the project aims to build trust in journalism by making it more representative…

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April 2020

BJ-Talks Live – Recognizing Disinformation Amidst COVID-19

9 April 2020 @ 1:00 pm

In the first of our new J-Talks Live webcast series hosted by award-winning broadcaster Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the CBC podcast More, Jane Lytvynenko, senior reporter with BuzzFeed News, explores disinformation around the coronavirus outbreak, including the online rumours, fake texts and propaganda fuelling panic and anxiety as well as driving people to false cures. This session will help you recognize the misinformation in your midst. This is a free webcast. Thursday, April 9, 1pm EDT - Watch the webcast - Listen to the podcast Jane Lytvynenko is a…

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Covering COVID-19: Award-winning health journalist André Picard on the pandemic

23 April 2020 @ 1:00 pm

When Globe and Mail columnist André Picard speaks, Canadians pay attention. He is our country’s pre-eminent health journalist, named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” in 2011 by the Canadian Public Health Association. In early March, when the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada was just beginning to register, Picard was one of the first calling for strong social distancing measures, with a clear call to “Shut it Down.” Join this award-winning journalist in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the CBC podcast More, for an…

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Postponed – Seeing isn’t Believing: Confronting the Threat of Fake Video

DUE TO THE DEVELOPING CORONAVIRUS SITUATION, THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED.  While many altered videos are meant to be funny and harmless, the potential for politically-driven deepfakes to spread disinformation and manipulate citizens is great. Already, we’ve seen darker forces at work, as deepfakes enmesh public figures in political scandals and cause others to become victims of cybercrime. How can we prepare for this threat? Are there tech tools to help us do so? This discussion features Nadine Ajaka, senior producer for video…

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May 2020

Beyond Quarantine: The View from Beijing

7 May 2020 @ 10:00 am

- Watch the webcast - Listen to the podcast All eyes still remain on China, where COVID-19 first emerged, strict quarantine measures have been relaxed and attempts at resuming regular activities have begun, albeit with the use of controversial tools such as digital surveillance. From his base in Beijing, Nathan VanderKlippe, Asia correspondent for The Globe and Mail, shares his perspective on the pandemic’s outbreak in China and the issues arising from this new, post-lockdown life—including insights into what Canadians might expect once current…

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Behind the Scenes of Covering COVID-19: The View from Vancouver

14 May 2020 @ 1:00 pm

- Watch the webcast - Listen to the podcast From the outset, COVID-19 has been a fast-moving, relentless challenge for journalists across Canada and around the world. How do you report the news while working from home? Are there regional differences to this story? Vancouver’s Ian Hanomansing, weekend host of CBC News’s The National, reveals the challenges broadcast journalists face reporting in this social-distancing environment and shares his perspective on covering the pandemic from British Columbia where Canada’s first community-transmission cases appeared. Hanomansing will…

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Canadian Leadership and the COVID-19 Response

21 May 2020 @ 1:00 pm

- Watch the webcast - Listen to the podcast - Watch on CPAC In managing the biggest health and economic crisis of our time, Canadian politicians and public officials deploy varying strategies and levels of transparency. What does the handling of COVID-19 reveal about those at the helm of our country and our provinces — and what might this mean for Canada post-pandemic? Join acclaimed journalist Chantal Hébert, a regular political contributor to news organizations including the Toronto Star, L’Actualité and CBC’s The National, as she shares her perspectives…

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COVID-19 and the New Economic Reality

28 May 2020 @ 1:00 pm

- Watch the webcast - Listen to the podcast - Watch on CPAC At all levels, the Canadian economy is taking a hit amid this global pandemic. Even with federal and provincial governments providing unprecedented measures to help support workers, families and businesses, the scenarios for what a recovery might look like—and when—vary greatly. Join award-winning journalist Heather Scoffield, economics columnist and Ottawa bureau chief for the Toronto Star, for her informed perspective on the implications for the Canadian economy and covering the biggest economic…

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