These are challenging, even dangerous times, to be a reporter. The president of the United States has targeted us, autocrats around the world are cracking down on reporters, police and the courts are moving against us. But we are also under threat from scores of lesser-known dangers, from the toll of a brutal news cycle to sexual harassment in our own workplaces.
With from top journalists from Reuters, The Economist, Al Jazeera English, CJR, and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), we’ll explore these threats — and what comes next for journalism.
When: 12 February 2018
Where: Thomson Reuters, 333 Bay Street, 29th Floor, Toronto
Toronto-area media students and freelancers, you’re invited to a free mixer on Tuesday, February 14 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Watson’s (388 Richmond St W).
Enjoy free snacks and drinks as you make connections with your colleagues working in the media. There will be mentors from several media outlets in attendance, including VICE, CBC, Corus Entertainment and the Canadian Press. This event has been organized by CWA Canada, the country’s only all media union, with 6,000 members at media companies and newspapers coast to coast.
Tickets are free, but please register to reserve your space at this link. This venue is wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.
When: 14 February 2018
Where: Watson’s, 388 Richmond St W
You can’t be well-informed about the media and journalism if you don’t pay attention to the stellar work of CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter. Through his must-watch Sunday morning show, Reliable Sources, which examines the week’s top media stories, and his must-read Reliable Sources newsletter, Stelter’s media literacy work shines light on real news amid the cacophony of noise and nonsense of a presidency that seeks to demonize journalists and spreads accusations of fake news. Stelter will be in conversation with Dawna Friesen, anchor of Global National.
When: 31 January 2018 (7:00 – 8:30 PM)
Where: Corus Quay, Toronto ON
From Serial to Radiolab, WTF to CANADALAND, podcasting is experiencing a serious renaissance moment. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to create your own podcast, and this new hands-on workshop will walk you through the steps from recording to distribution.
Professional podcast producer JP Davidson (CBC’s Metro Morning, WNYC, NPR) will share tips for coming up with a show concept, guide you through an exercise recording audio with anything from a smartphone to pro audio gear, and show you how to edit your audio and add music for a polished, professional sound. Discover how to publish your podcast through Soundcloud and Libsyn, set up your RSS feed, and get into iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast directories. Learn how to solicit advertising and make money with your podcast, and pick up key tips for growing your audience and listenership. You’ll walk away from this fun and interactive workshop ready to launch your own podcast!
When: 1 February 2018
Where: 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 304, Toronto
Killer web content can help you tell the story of your brand and drive long-lasting results through building a connection with your audience. Whether you are looking for more sales, more signups, or more visitors, telling great stories that provide value for your audience is the key to engagement and loyalty. In this course, you will learn how to develop a voice and tone for your brand, how to identify your target audience, and how to write in a way that engages with them. You will learn how everything you write is an opportunity to delight, educate and engage your audience. This interactive and fun workshop will help discover the balance between art and science that makes for the great content and the best stories.
When: 22 February 2018
Where: HUB Ottawa, 123 Slater St, Ottawa, Ontario
Digital Leap is the premier conference in Canada that focuses exclusively on digital marketing and fundraising for non-profits. This is a must-attend event for all fundraising and marketing professionals who want to build their brand, amp up their use of social media, reach entirely new audiences, integrate online and offline, and harness emotion and creativity across all channels. Sessions are led by experts from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
When: 24 April 2018
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Branding, marketing and multi-platform content integration is ever changing. Is your customer engagement and digital media strategy on par with global industry leaders? What are the top companies leading mobile, social, and digital media trends doing right? Find out at this year’s Digital Media Summit and connect with media and brand specialists that can help you fine tune your integrated Digital Media strategy.
When: 9 May 2018
Where: Sheraton Centre, Toronto, ON