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#CAJ17 Annual Conference

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Welcome to the home of #CAJ17, the Canadian Association of Journalists annual conference. We're headed to our nation's capital on April 28-29, 2017. 

For those two days, delegates will be immersed in workshops and panels featuring fellow working journalists — including international counterparts. It's a chance to build skills and network with journalists from newsrooms big and small. Our conversations also confront our industry's challenges, and offer insight into how journalists can thrive during challenging times.

As always, the conference concludes with the CAJ awards gala, where we'll toast the best work in Canadian journalism in 2016. 

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel. Book online (until April 7, after that you must call) using the link above or by calling 613-238-1500 (toll free 1-800-489-8333), indicating you want to reserve a room under the room block held for the Canadian Association of Journalists. (Please note: Rooms at the conference room rate are only guaranteed available until April 7. After that date, availability will depend on hotel occupancy).

To register for the conference, click the link on the left of this page.

So save these dates and stay tuned for more announcements of speakers and session topics. We're excited already.

We're excited to share the lineup at #CAJ17! Take a look at the confirmed sessions and speakers below: 


  • Global perspectives: A discussion with journalists for other countries
  • Journalism ethics: A look at the current CAJ ethics code and discussion on what might need changing
  • Podcasting: Why it matters and how to do it well
  • Freelancing: How to work for yourself successfully (with pitch tips!)
  • Access to Information: The top five mistakes people make filing an ATIP/FOI request
  • Publishing: How to turn a news idea or story into a book
  • Getting hired: The right way to do from cover letter and resume to interview
  • Persistance and planning: How to pursue the big investigative story in the landslide of daily news
  • Why diversity matters to journalism and how to do it better
  • Harassment: How to deal with it when it happens to you
  • Data journalism: Working with data and building visualizations

These are just our confirmed sessions. Watch this page and our social media feeds for more to come!


  • Meredith Levine is chair of the CAJ ethics committee, an award-winning multimedia journalism and a professor at Western University's Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Meredith will be part of the CAJ ethics panel.
  • Fred Vallance-Jones is an associate professor of journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax, where he teaches journalism research and investigative data journalism at the undergraduate and graduate level. Fred founded and leads the annual King's summer data schools. He's also co-author of three textbooks, most recently The Data Journalist: Getting the Story from Oxford University Press. Fred has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including a National Newspaper Award and a Michener. He lives in Halifax with his wife, four daughters, four cats and a nine-year-old golden retriever. Fred will be one of the teachers of the data journalism workshop, one of our best-loved annual offerings.
  • Dean Beeby is a senior reporter with the CBC Parliamentary bureau, specializing in the use of the Access to Information Act. He was formerly with the Canadian Press news agency in Toronto, Halifax and Ottawa as reporter, business editor, news editor and bureau chief. Since the '80s he has promoted the use and improvement of FOI laws through workshops, panels and speeches across the country. He was also a member of the external advisory committee for the federal government's task force on ATIA in 2001-2002. His books have all drawn on documents obtained through the Access to Information Act. Dean will be part of the Access to Information tips and tricks session.
  • Dylan C. Robertson is a freelance journalist covering Parliament Hill. He covers Canada for The Christian Science Monitor, LGBT policy for Daily Xtra and frequently contributes to the Postmedia chain, VICE and J-Source on issues ranging from violent extremism to indigenous inmates. He has worked as a staff report for the Calgary Herald, the Ottawa Citizen and the Toronto Star. Dylan will appear in the freelance panel. 
  • Dale Smith is a freelance journalist in the Parliamentary Press Gallery and author of The Unbroken Machine from Dundurn Press. He is currently a weekly columnist for Loonie Politics and has written for Maclean's, the National Post, the Ottawa CitizenThe Canadian Press, the Law Times. 
  • Mark Sutcliffe is a writer, broadcaster and entrepreneur. He hosts Ottawa Today weekdays on 1313 NEWS radio and Rogers TV. He also hosts a daily podcast on Canadian politics for CPAC and a running podcast for iRun magazine. Mark is also the CEO of Great River Media Inc., an Ottawa-based media company that operates the Ottawa Business Journal and other media and event properties. He has written columns in the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and other publications. He is also the author of four books including the recently published Long Road to BostonMark will be participating in our podcasting session.
  • Katie Jensen is a Toronto-based freelance podcast producer. Previously, she produced Canadaland with journalist Jesse Brown and co-created The Impostor. She is a Polaris juror, plays in Baby Cages and programs for Feast in the East, a monthly music/food/art installation series. Katie will be participating in our podcasting session.
  • Yael Berger is a journalist and media producer. She's currently the podcast producer with Antica Productions in Toronto, which launched its Podcast Network in 2016. The Antica Podcast Network hosts over a dozen podcasts and is Canada's largest independent podcast network with hundreds of thousands of downloads to date. She's also the digital media producer behind CBC's Becoming Canadian digital content, part of the public broadcaster's sesquicentennial programming. Previously, Yael covered federal politics in Ottawa and was senior producer, social media editor and occasional host of the daily political radio show and Podcast Everything is Political with Evan Solomon on Sirius XM Canada. Yael will be participating in our podcasting session.