Tour CP24 newsroom, learn data mining and more: Canadian Association of Journalism conference 2012 takes shape in Toronto

 Hi everyone. It’s just under four months to go until the Canadian Association of Journalists’ 2012 national conference, which is being held this spring in Toronto. Why am I blogging about this? Because I am helping to plan the event as a co chair of the conference.

We are thrilled to announce some of the exciting panels, workshops and events already confirmed for you at the three-day event April 27-29, 2012.
Start planning your spring trip to Toronto now!
o        Special portfolio/resume workshops for job seekers
o        Private tour of CTV’s Queen Street campus – the home to Much Music, E Talk, CP24, Broadcast News Network and more.
o        Advanced Google for journalists workshop
o        Data mining seminar with Buzz Data
o        Full-day Computer-Assisted Reporting course with David McKie, CBC Radio News, and Glen McGregor, Ottawa Citizen
o        Professionalization of journalists debate: yes or no?
o        The future of talk radio in a digital world
o        Local TV news is back!
o        Private tour of the Toronto Star’s newsroom
o        Journalism education: entrepreneurial journalism is now on the curriculum
o        How the iPAD and smart phones have changed magazine publishing
o        Sports journalism: Olympics 2012 coverage preview
o        Journalistic independence from advertisers: some solutions
o        New CAJ ethics guidelines for online journalism, after the Arab Spring.
o        Reporters and trauma: Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma
o        State of the Industry Outlook for 2012
o        CAJ Awards Dinner and Gala
o        Advanced Twitter for journalists workshop
o        Networking/“speed dating” sessions with human resources/hiring managers
o        Who is standing up for Canadian journalists? panel

Jennifer McGuire, Chief News Editor, CBC
Ron Nurwisah, Huffington Post, Canada, News Editor
Lynn Chambers, Group Publisher, Transcontinental, Canadian Living magazine
Jeffrey Orridge, Executive director, CBC Sports
Ward Smith, Global News, Toronto, News Director
Tina Cortese, City News, Toronto, Executive Producer, VP News
Sarah Millar,, Social Media and Community Editor
Bert Bruser, Media law and ethics lawyer, Toronto Star
Stephen J.A. Ward, Ethics chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism
Momoko Price,, Communications Director
Kirk Lapointe, CBC Ombudsman, U.B.C Graduate Journalism School
Ann Cavoukian, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner
Rob Washburn, Loyalist College
Leslie de Freitas, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Saul Hansell, Betaworks, former NY Times tech reporter, AOL
Tony Burman, Ryerson University, former CBC and Al-Jazeera news executive
Jeffrey Dvorkin, former Ombudsman NPR, University of Toronto Journalism director
Malcolm Kelly,, coordinator Centennial College Sports Journalism program
Martin Seto, Texterity Canada, and blogger,
Steve Cassar, CTV Toronto News Director
Steve Kowch,, former PD CFRB Newstalk 1010
Sophia Hadzipetros, Manager, CBC News Toronto
Brian Myles, le Devoir, president, Federation Professionelle des Journalistes du Quebec
Alan Bass, Thompson Rivers University
Early bird rates are in place for the conference until April 5, 2012. 
Book your hotel now, too, and save! Details are online at:
For further information, or to volunteer, or to sponsor the CAJ conference, please contact conference chairs:
Ellin Bessner, Centennial College Journalism , 
Shauna Rempel, the Toronto Star
Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ President,
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