The Canadian Association of Journalists’ online learning sessions provide members with easy-to-access learning opportunities from fellow journalists. The interview-style series provides insight to participants about how a journalist broke a particular story of impact. The sessions are interactive, with time allowed for asking questions to hone skills.

Sessions are recorded and made available for viewing as part of the CAJ membership perks through our members-only learning portal.

To register for an event, simply choose from one of the upcoming events listed below.

To view a recording of a past session, simply choose the episode from the list shown below and press play on the recording that is displayed.

Upcoming Sessions

Covering a budget is a grand annual tradition for legislative and parliamentary reporters, but also for the untold legions of general assignment, beat and web reporters who get thrown into the mix. It can be a daunting task to sift through hundreds of pages of numbers and charts, ensure stories have relevant context and background, and write them in an accessible way. This Zoom interview and Q & A with Allison Jones will attempt to demystify the process, discussing how to find stories, key numbers to look for, and why budget coverage doesn’t end on budget day.

Interviewee: Allison Jones, correspondent for The Canadian Press

Interviewer: Jason Markusoff, journalist/editor for CBC Calgary; Alberta regional director for CAJ

Previous Sessions

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In Nov. 2022, The Narwhal and the Toronto Star jointly broke the first story that would eventually set the Ontario Greenbelt scandal in motion. In an interview led by Karyn Pugliese, Emma McIntosh from The Narwhal unpacked how she kept up the heat on the story in the months since the original investigation, and found new angles to press on — both in partnership with the Star and on her own. The session covered setting the stage for maximum impact before an investigation is published, using targeted FOIs to catch governments being dishonest, and choosing where and how to dig to keep a story in the headlines.

Interviewee: Emma McIntosh, Reporter with The Narwhal

Interviewer: Karyn Pugliese, CAJ past president and Editor-in-chief, Canadaland

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Organ donations by living donors are rare. In 2019, there were just 302 such donations in Ontario; one of them was health reporter Wency Leung’s left kidney. In the Globe and Mail feature that she wrote about her experience, Leung describes the donor organ shortage and its deadly effects. She also explores the experiences that led her to make such an unusual, even radical, choice. When does it make sense for a reporter to center their own perspective? How do you balance personal writing and reporting? This Zoom interview and Q&A with Leung explored how to pull off a first-person feature.

Wency Leung recently joined The Local magazine as a staff reporter. Previously, she worked as a health reporter for The Globe and Mail, and has reported for The Vancouver Sun, The Prague Post, The Cambodia Daily and Reuters. She’d be happy to never write another COVID story again, but still wears an N95 on public transit.

Interviewee: Wency Leung, reporter for The Local magazine

Interviewer: Eva Holland, freelance journalist and CAJ Northern Canada Regional Director

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When the Globe and Mail revealed Hockey Canada was quietly using millions of dollars of player registration fees to settle sexual assault allegations without the public knowing, Canadians were incensed. These secret funds helped keep sexual assault cases out of the courts and away from public scrutiny. At federal hearings, Hockey Canada executives repeatedly sidestepped questions about how such matters were handled, keeping hidden what was going on inside the organization. This Zoom interview and Q&A with Grant Robertson explored how he uncovered the funds, how to investigate highly opaque organizations, and how to conduct an investigation on the fly.

Grant Robertson is an investigative reporter with the Globe and Mail, with a background covering business, government, crime, and public policy. His work has exposed the regulatory flaws that led to the deadly Lac-Mégantic rail explosion; Canada’s unacknowledged role in the Boeing 737 Max disasters; the shutdown of the federal government’s internationally renowned pandemic early warning system less than a year before COVID-19 hit; and the hidden use of player registration fees in sexual assault settlements at Hockey Canada. Robertson was the 2022 recipient of CAJ awards in both the Written News category as well as the Don McGillivray award.

Interviewee: Grant Robertson, investigative journalist at The Globe and Mail

Interviewer: Jason Markusoff, journalist/editor at CBC and CAJ Alberta Regional Director

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