Canadian Association of Journalists
January 2019

Dear CAJ'ers,

We know last year brought no shortage of struggles for journalists in Canada — we also know it brought solid pieces of hard-hitting journalism that deserve to be celebrated.

Each year, the CAJ Awards shine a spotlight on some of the best work being done in Canadian journalism. Share the work you are most proud of by nominating it for a 2018 CAJ Award.

In addition to CAJ Awards info, in this newsletter you will hear about our upcoming national journalism conference, a new cash fund to help support professional development for local CAJ chapters — plus, updates on advocacy, upcoming events, job postings and more!

Thanks for tuning in,

—The CAJ team



The CAJ Awards celebrate Canadian journalism in 16 categories including student, data, and photojournalism. Most awards carry a $500 prize. 

The deadline for entries in all categories is Jan. 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Details here. 

See here for a list of last year's winners. 


National conference

Each year, the CAJ’s national conference brings together journalists from across the country for two days of professional development workshops and panel discussions - not to mention a healthy dose of networking and making friends!

This year’s CAJ conference takes place May 3-5 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.

Is there a particular speaker you want to hear from? 

A skill you are eager to develop?

Please share your ideas with the conference team by taking this 5-minute survey. Or drop a line to [email protected].

You can check out last year’s conference offerings over here.



This fund assists local chapters to present journalism-related events in their area. The fund supports travel, accommodations and other necessary expenses for out-of-town speakers.  

Every chapter is eligible to submit one request per year, for a maximum of $1,000 in funding. 

Are you interested in starting a local chapter in your region? Find out how


ICYMI: blocking press freedom at u of t

Student unions at the University of Toronto tried to block journalists from covering public meetings. In December, the board of directors of the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU) voted to create a committee that would decide which student journalists, if any, are allowed to cover their public meetings.

This follows a SCSU board meeting where journalists were told they could not tweet out the proceedings. Earlier in December, journalists covering the annual general meeting of U of T’s Graduate Student Union were told to leave the event after they live-tweeted the proceedings.

"The Scarborough Campus Students’ Union's attempt to manipulate media coverage is undemocratic. SCSU should disband its committee immediately," said CAJ President Karyn Pugliese. "No government is above the law and journalists, including student journalists, have the constitutionally protected right to hold any and all governments to account on matters of public interest.”

Full statement here.


local chapter updates

OTTAWA — The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Association of Journalists, in collaboration with the Media Club of Ottawa and Ottawa Ethnic Media Forum, is hosting a meet-and-greet this month for local journalists of all stripes. Come out and mingle with the people working for the National Capital Region's wide range of news outlets, freelancers, authors, and columnists, to share war stories and put a friendly face to the names you might not even realize are responsible for the news you consume every day.

Keep your eyes peeled to relevant social media channels/email inboxes/etc for upcoming information on the specific date and location.

TORONTO — The CAJ's Toronto chapter is carrying forward the momentum we built up during Autumn 2018. In the coming months, we're working on bringing you some exciting programming that will entice industry veterans and newcomers alike. You can look forward to workshops that will help you build new skills; thought-provoking discussions to reflect on the state of our industry; opportunities for mentorship; and, of course, more of our (in)famous Thirsty Thursdays!

If you have ideas for events, activities, or anything journalism-related, please feel free to contact Brent Jolly, Toronto chapter president, at: [email protected].


Upcoming EVENTS & deadlines

Centre for Free Expression Film Series: Citizen Four. Movie night in Toronto on January 8. More here. 

The Walrus magazine is hiring an intern to report on disability and inclusion. Deadline to apply is January 9. More here. 

CBC Radio & Audio Talk internship. Deadline to apply is January 9. More here. 

CBC News internship. Deadline to apply is January 9. More here. 

Chek News is hiring a News Director (Vancouver Island). Deadline to apply is January 10. More here

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) Emerging Voices panel discussion with Duncan McCue, Kyle Edwards, and Tanya Talaga on January 14. Register here. 

Wine and Words w/ Tanya Talaga at the Niagara on the Lake Public Library on February 13. More here

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has a paid internship opportunity for a First Nations, Inuit or Métis student enrolled in post-secondary studies. More here. 

CBC North is hiring a Manager, Journalism and programming (Montreal). More here. 

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