Blog

#CAJ17: Learn data journalism at an intensive two-day boot camp

OTTAWA, March 30, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is thrilled that some of Canada’s leading data journalists will spend a weekend teaching #CAJ17 delegates how to find, analyze and tell stories with data.

The CAJ has long featured data boot camps at its annual conferences, and the intensive workshops in Ottawa on April 28-29 will continue that tradition. King's College journalism professor Fred Vallance-Jones and CBC News' David McKie will team up to lead a series of workshops focusing on the power of unlocking data.

These award-winning journalists will be joined Friday and Saturday by an impressive lineup of trainers: experts from Esri Canada, distributors of ArcGIS; The Globe and Mail’s Michael Pereira; and CBC News’ Valérie Ouellet.

These sessions will cover a range of skills—from ground-level stuff like finding, cleaning and analysing data using spreadsheets to more complex skills such as mapping and making analysed data interactive. Several sessions require pre-registration, which can be done via email once you've signed up for the conference or at the registration desk on Friday.

Registration is currently open for this two-day conference, with fees starting at $249 plus HST for CAJ members for the full weekend, including a ticket to the conference banquet and 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 after April 21. (Those attending the data sessions should bring a Wi-Fi capable laptop computer, either PC or Mac, for the hands-on portions.)

For those intending to stay at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, conference room rates starting at $169 plus taxes for a single room are still available. Check the Ottawa conference page on our website for more details.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing more than 500 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, please contact: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ President Phone: 647.968.2393 Email: nick@caj.ca

 

 

Read More

#CAJ17 keynote: How journalists can build trust with communities

OTTAWA, March 29, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce The Coral Project’s Andrew Losowsky will deliver a keynote address at the CAJ’s annual conference on April 29.

As revenue spirals, echo chambers isolate readers and journalists, and dialogue gets ever more vitriolic, Losowsky leads The Coral Project, a collaboration between Mozilla, the New York Times and the Washington Post. He will share practical ideas and research to help journalists everywhere get closer to the communities they serve.

Losowsky’s keynote is just one of #CAJ17’s sessions focused on audience interaction. The conference will also include a workshop on how journalists can prevent and cope with harassment online. Journalists who have dealt with racist and sexist attacks will reflect on their own experiences—and an anti-harassment activist will offer practical advice to journalists.

Registration is currently open for this two-day conference, with fees starting at $249 plus HST for CAJ members for the full weekend, including a ticket to the conference banquet and 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 after April 21.

For those intending to stay at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, conference room rates starting at $169 plus taxes for a single room are still available. Check the Ottawa conference page on our website for more details.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing nearly 500 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, please contact: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ President Phone: 647.968.2393 Email: nick@caj.ca

 

 

Read More

ProPublica’s Eric Umansky delivering keynote on objectivity at #CAJ17

ProPublica’s Eric Umansky will deliver a keynote presentation on the death of journalistic objectivity on April 28 during the Canadian Association of Journalists’ annual national conference in Ottawa.

Umansky, a Pulitzer-Prize winning editor, will explain why journalists should abandon traditional objectivity—and what should replace it. At a time when terms like “alternative facts” are bandied about, and newsrooms are debating the role of the media in calling a lie a lie—even when it comes from the President of the United States—the independent, non-profit newsroom’s deputy managing editor will lay out a roadmap on how to replace objectivity with a new god: evidence.

 His presentation is just one in a series of conversations at #CAJ17 on the evolution of the news industry—and how we should tackle the challenges facing journalism.

Registration is currently open for this two-day conference, with fees starting at $249 plus HST for CAJ members for the full weekend, including a ticket to the conference banquet and 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 after April 21.

For those intending to stay at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, conference room rates starting at $169 plus taxes for a single room are still available. Check the Ottawa conference page on our website for more details.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing nearly 500 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, please contact: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ President Cell: 647.968.2393 Email: nick@caj.ca

 

 

Read More

Sitting down with Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly at #CAJ17

OTTAWA, March 27, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce that Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly will participate in a keynote question and answer session at the CAJ’s annual national conference in Ottawa on April 28.

The bilingual sit-down conversation with the federal government’s point-person on the current state of Canadian media and its broader cultural context will touch on policy developments aimed at helping the news business, Joly’s perspective on the future of the news industry in Canada, and more.

The Q&A at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Ottawa will follow a presentation from The Public Policy Forum’s Edward Greenspon on his organization’s Shattered Mirror study on the state of Canadian news media. It all adds up to a can’t-miss Friday on the future of news.

Registration is currently open for the two-day conference, with fees starting at $249 plus HST for CAJ members for the full weekend, including a ticket to the conference banquet and 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 21.

For those intending to stay at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, our conference room rates starting at $169 plus taxes and fees for a single room may still be available on request. Other preferential rates may also still be available.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing nearly 500 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: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ President Cell: 647.968.2393 Email: nick@caj.ca 

 

 

Read More