Registration now open for #CAJ15 conference, with Seymour Hersh

OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce that registration for its 2015 conference, featuring keynote speaker Seymour Hersh, is now open.

The conference is scheduled to run from Friday, June 5, to Saturday, June 6, at the Atlantica Hotel in Halifax. Full-conference and single-day registration is available, with pricing for CAJ members, affiliate members non-members and students. A conference rate has also been set with the Atlantica.

"We're looking forward to returning to Halifax with our premiere event, offering a top-notch professional development and networking opportunity for working journalists at reasonable rates," CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said.

Rates for the conference — unchanged since 2012 — start at $239 plus HST for CAJ members for the full weekend, including a ticket to the awards gala. Student member rates start at $75, with single-day registration starting at $100. These rates will go up on May 22. All this information along with a link to our online registration site is posted on the main #CAJ15 page of our website.

We're also thrilled to announce one of our keynotes will be Seymour Hersh. An independent, longtime investigative reporter, Hersh became famous for breaking the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, for which he won a Pulitzer in 1970, and exposing details of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2004. He's also a five-time Polk winner and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker.

The #CAJ15 conference committee has been hard at work pulling together another impressive lineup of panels, workshops, plenaries and speakers. The list of those who confirmed their participation in the conference includes the New York Times' James G. Robinson, the Halifax Examiner's Tim Bousquet, entrepreneurial journalist Craig Silverman, Canadaland's Jesse Brown, La Presse's Eric Trottier, University of Kings College faculty Fred Vallance-Jones, Stephen Kimber and Tim Currie, CBC Nova Scotia's Pauline Dakin, Carleton University's Christopher Waddell and Columbia Journalism Review's Trudy Lieberman.

Details on these and additional pieces of the conference lineup will be released in the coming weeks as they are confirmed.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing over 600 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information: Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president, 613-330-8396 cell, hugo@caj.ca; Conference co-chair Nick Taylor-Vaisey, nick@caj.ca; Conference co-chair Paul Schneidereit, paul@caj.ca; Registration questions can be sent to: conference@caj.ca; www.caj.ca/caj15, www.facebook.com/CdnAssocJournalists www.twitter.com/CAJ

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