TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation is proud to present John Stackhouse, the former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail and author of Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution, with Craig Silverman, founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada. This J-Talk will take place on November 12 in Toronto at the TMX Broadcast Centre.
"The election campaigns in Canada and the U.S. are laying bare the need for independent, professional journalism," says Stackhouse. "Trouble is, the business model for that journalism has been shredded. Some brilliant new efforts are working, but are they enough to form a new fourth estate? And if not, what price will we all pay?"
Stackhouse's three-decade career with the Globe—including five years as editor-in-chief—spanned a period of massive digital disruption to traditional journalism. In Mass Disruption, Stackhouse recalls how the Globe and other news outlets experimented with different delivery models as the Internet, social media and digital upstarts fragmented audiences and ad dollars.
At the same time, the goal of mainstream news organizations to provide authoritative coverage of news events was challenged by new, agile competitors. Among them: BuzzFeed, which aims to create viral content by covering news with unabashed humour—its listicles and videos key drivers of stories via social media.
Earlier this year, BuzzFeed established a Canadian presence with Silverman—best known for a career built on media accuracy—as its founding editor. In a conversation covering current challenges to the media and lessons learned, Stackhouse and Silverman discuss the future of journalism from their distinct perspectives.
The discussion is part of the CJF J-Talks series, exploring issues and challenges shaping journalism.
The CJF is grateful for the generous support of J-Talks series sponsor BMO Financial Group and in-kind supporter CNW Group.
WHERE: TMX Broadcast Centre, The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. West, Toronto
WHEN: Thursday, November 12 / Discussion 7:00 p.m. / Reception 8:30 p.m.
Each ticket purchase includes: a hardcover copy of John Stackhouse's Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution (retail value: $32) and a chance to meet the speakers at the post-discussion reception at 8:30 p.m.
General admission: $39
Students (Limited quantity available. ID at the door): $20
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend annual industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speaker's series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
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Image with caption: "John Stackhouse (pictured), former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, discusses his book Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution, with Craig Silverman, founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada on Nov. 12 in Toronto as part of The Canadian Journalism Foundation's J-Talk series. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151014_C7515_PHOTO_EN_520832.jpg
Image with caption: "John Stackhouse is the author of Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151014_C7515_PHOTO_EN_520805.jpg
Image with caption: "Craig Silverman, founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada, joins John Stackhouse, former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail and author of Mass Disruption, in a conversation about the future of journalism. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151014_C7515_PHOTO_EN_520807.jpg
For further information: For inquiries: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0396, firstname.lastname@example.org