TORONTO, September 14, 2022/ CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce the 74 successful applicants for the sixth round of its mentorship program. In the coming weeks, mentees will work with mentors from across the country and across mediums and platforms: radio, television, audience engagement, photojournalism, digital, and print publications. Mentors had the option to select mentees for a full six-week individual or group mentorship, or have a one-hour conversation. This allowed flexibility for mentors’ busy schedules, and ultimately for more journalists to participate in the program. “Learning from those who have come before you [...]
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UPDATE: Please see PDF for response from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Sept. 1, 2022 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2 Delivered by email Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, We are writing in relation to the increasing and alarming online hate and harassment targeting journalists and journalism as a profession. This is a global problem, which threatens not only the safety and well-being of journalists, but the proper functioning of democracy itself. Many countries are now working on plans to fight back. We are calling on Canadian police and policymakers to do [...]
WINNIPEG, MB, August 12, 2022 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is disturbed by new information about a neo-Nazi plot to kill a Winnipeg Free Press journalist, and calls on the RCMP to clarify what information it had obtained from U.S. police and what steps it took to investigate the murder plot. In 2019, Ryan Thorpe went undercover to expose Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews as a member of neo-Nazi group The Base. Mathews subsequently fled to the U.S., where he was arrested and sentenced to nine years in prison for weapons charges and plotting violence. This week, [...]
Dear Interim Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell and Toronto Police Chief James Ramer, With copies to: David Lametti, Minister of Justice Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety Pablo Rodriquez, Minister of Canadian Heritage Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the RCMP Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario We are writing in relation to several police reports filed in Ottawa and Toronto by journalists or columnists for the Toronto Star, The Hill Times and Global News over an incident of online abuse naming a contributor associated with each of these organizations. For the [...]
OTTAWA, ON, July 25, 2022/ CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce its executive and team roles and responsibilities for the 2022-2023 term. Brent Jolly will continue to serve as the association’s president for the coming year. Fatima Syed, who previously served as the CAJ’s vice-president, will continue in her role as well. Veteran investigative journalist Cecil Rosner also joins the CAJ executive as a vice-president. Zane Schwartz and Paul Schneidereit will continue to serve as the association’s chair and treasurer, respectively. Karyn Pugliese will continue in her capacity as past president. New members added [...]
The CAJ board of directors has extended the deadline for nominations of our open board positions. The new deadline is Wednesday, August 3, at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Do you want to help improve Canadian journalism? If so, join us! The CAJ board of directors is in need of representatives in Saskatchewan, Quebec and Toronto. We’re looking for people who are passionate about journalism and want to help our organization support journalists and advocate for their rights. Board members help free jailed journalists, fight for reporters’ rights nationwide, run Canada’s largest media diversity survey, offer mentorship to hundreds of young journalists, [...]
MONTREAL, May 28, 2022 - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) has awarded the prestigious Charles Bury Award to the legends of Canadian lawyers who have generously provided pro-bono legal services to help uphold journalists’ rights to report on matters of significant public interest. “Over the past four decades, there have been dozens and dozens of lawyers who have answered late-night calls from CAJ presidents, who’ve gone above and beyond in their tireless support of the CAJ’s public-interest advocacy work,” said CAJ president Brent Jolly. “In a time when press freedom is under attack in Canada, this award pays homage [...]
The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce that Aastha Sethi, a journalism student at the University of British Columbia, is this year’s winner of the CAJ-Investintech Data Journalism Scholarship. More information about Aastha and her award can be found on the investintech.com website. The CAJ thanks all applicants for taking the time to submit to this year’s scholarship and encourages it’s student members to consider applying next year. For full scholarship details see here. The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with more than 1200 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary roles are public-interest advocacy [...]
The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to welcome Tamanna Khan and Mark Colley to the team. Both will work with the CAJ as post-secondary student interns for the summer semester. SInce joining the CAJ earlier this month, Khan and Colley have been busy, helping produce engaging promotional materials for the CAJ’s upcoming national conference and awards gala. After the conference, they will be providing support with the launch of the CAJ’s new and improved website. Khan is in her final year of the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University. Prior to starting at Carleton, she worked as [...]
The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) will be offering free membership for a period of up to three years to any Afghan journalist who left Afghanistan after May 1, 2021 and settled in Canada. The CAJ has spoken up in the past about Canada’s obligation to support Afghan journalists, many of whom have risked their personal safety to help Canadian reporters bear witness and report safely during the Afghan conflict. We continue to work with several industry partners to urge the federal government to fulfill its promises and to do everything in its power to provide safe passage to those [...]