TORONTO, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - David Akin, national bureau chief for Sun Media and host of Battleground, will speak at The Canadian Journalism Foundation's J-Talk Does The Press Gallery Matter? at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on April 9.
Akin joins speakers Jennifer Ditchburn, senior parliamentary correspondent for the Ottawa bureau of The
Canadian Press, Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for
Multiculturalism, Senator Jim Munson, a former long-time member of the Press Gallery, for this panel
discussion. Tom Clark, chief political correspondent for Global News and host of The West Block, will moderate.
This discussion comes after a recent unanimous vote by members of the
Parliamentary Press Gallery to "reserve the right to ask questions in
all photo-ops and availabilities with the prime minister, cabinet
ministers, and all parliamentarians, to fulfil our function as
journalists in a democratic society."
The vote was a reaction to restrictions on access to Prime Minister
Stephen Harper and his ministers--and a revealing glimpse of how the
ground has shifted on Ottawa political reporters. The regular Prime
Ministerial press conference is a thing of the past. Senior bureaucrats
hesitate to brief journalists. The PM and ministers take their message
on the road or send it out on weekly video clips. Opposition MPs use
the same techniques.
As a result, is the influence of political reporters on the wane in the
face of shrinking resources, wide use of social media and the distance
Ottawa puts between government and reporters? Does the national media
coverage of the government matter as much as it used to?
This is part of the CJF J-Talks series, exploring issues and challenges shaping journalism.
Thank you to CJF J-Talk exclusive series sponsor BMO Financial Group, lead sponsor Shaw, venue sponsor National Arts Centre and in-kind supporters CNW and CPAC.
WHERE: National Arts Centre (Salon), 53 Elgin St., Ottawa
WHEN: Wednesday, April 9 / Discussion 7:00 p.m. / Reception 8:30 p.m.
Early Bird: $25 (Limited quantity available. General admission tickets: $30)
Students: $15 (Limited quantity available. ID at the door)
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in
journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through
an annual awards program; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue
among journalists, business people, academics and students about the
role of the media in Canadian society; by supporting journalism
websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ (French), in co-operation with the country's leading journalism
schools; and by fostering opportunities for journalism education,
training and research.
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
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