CAJ19 Coaching Academy

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have an award-winning writer, video journalism expert, or top-tier hiring manager to review your work?

As part of CAJ’s new Coaching Academy, #CAJ19 conference delegates will be able to sign up for a free, 20 minute, one-on-one coaching sessions with several industry leaders. In order to participate in this year’s Academy, please email, or sign up in person at the conference registration desk.

This year’s coaches are:

  • Jana Pruden, feature writer with the Globe and Mail 

  • Charles Haga, writing instructor at the University of North Dakota 

  • Ramon Escobar, VP, talent recruitment and development; VP diversity and inclusion with CNN Worldwide 

  • Paula Todd, investigative journalist, lawyer, and full-time faculty member at Seneca College’s School of Media.

  • Doug Grant, a Canadian Screen and Gemini Award winning television and radio producer, documentary filmmaker, and journalism professor at Seneca College at York University

This opportunity is open exclusively to conference delegates. Please bring samples of your work.

Whether it’s reviewing a story pitch or questions about how to become a better interviewer—the #CAJ19 Coaching Academy is an opportunity to get feedback that will help make your work stand out from the rest.  

Are you a student or emerging journalist looking to talk shop with someone in the industry? Email us with your journo interests and we will link you up with a mentor through the #CAJ19 Mentorship Link.

Registration to attend this year’s conference is open.

Over the course of two-and-a-half days, #CAJ19 offers journalism training through panel discussions and hands-on workshops that cover everything from podcasts and audio storytelling to reporting quality local news on a shoestring, finding stories in the data and mastering the investigative interview.

Attendance for the full weekend starts at $250 plus HST for CAJ members, which includes a ticket to the conference banquet and gala. Tim Fontaine will host this year’s Banquet and Awards Gala. Rates for unemployed journalists and CAJ student members start at $75. Discounts are available for CAJ Award finalists as well those registering in a group. These early bird rates will rise on April 26.

We look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg!

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing about 750 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.

For more information:

Queries about the 2019 conference can be addressed to Brent Jolly, conference chair,

Queries about registration can be directed to Kathleen Speckert, CAJ administrator,