Media Advisory - CJF J-Talk The Twitter Effect: Is Journalism Still Able to Get it Right?

TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation presents its upcoming J-Talk The Twitter Effect: Is Journalism Still Able to Get it Right? on Thursday, February 28 at the TMX Broadcast Centre in Toronto.

In the aftermath of the Newtown shooting tragedy, journalists questioned the role of social media in breaking news. Is Twitter to blame for the spread of false information or is mainstream media passing the buck? If in doubt, should we publish what we think we know?  Is verification still the essence of journalism?

"According to media critic Jay Rosen, 'A journalist is just a heightened case of an informed citizen, not a special class,'" says Jeffrey Dvorkin, lecturer and director of the Journalism Program at the University of Toronto and former ombudsman for NPR . "If so, are journalists still able to get it right if the competition is not other media, but better-connected digirati?"

Andy Carvin, senior social media strategist at NPR and author of Distant Witness; Esther Enkin, ombudsman for CBC English services; and Mathew Ingram, senior writer at GigaOM, discuss media ethics in the rush to report breaking news. Kathy English, public editor at the Toronto Star, moderates.

Signed copies of Andy Carvin's Distant Witness are available at a discounted rate with the purchase of a ticket. Offer good for attendees only.

The winner of the J-Source Canadian Newsperson of the Year Award will be announced at the reception at 8:00 p.m. following the discussion. View the list of nominees.

WHERE: TMX Broadcast Centre - Gallery, The Exchange Tower, 130 King Street West, Toronto
WHEN: Thursday, February 28 Registration 6:00 p.m. / Presentation 6:30 p.m. / Reception 8:00 p.m.

Early bird tickets (Ends February 12. Limited quantity available): $20
Student tickets (with ID): $15
General admission tickets (Begins February 13): $25
Please register at www.cjftwittereffect.eventbrite.ca.

SOURCE: News - Media

For further information:

Media Contact:
Wendy Kan
Program Manager
Canadian Journalism Foundation
416-955-0394 x502
wkan@cjf-fjc.ca