2011 CAJ conference: Discounted rates end tomorrow!

OTTAWA, May 5 /CNW/ - Under 48 hours remain to take advantage of discounted rates for the annual Canadian Association of Journalists' national conference set for the nation's capital at the end of next week.

Registrations qualifying for early-bird rates must be in by midnight May 6, a week to the day before the conference kicks off on Friday, May 13, 2011 at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel. Early registration can save between $20 and $100, depending on what you're registering to attend.

"We've recovered from the federal election campaign - a post-mortem on which happens to be one of the panels we've got planned for next weekend," CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch said. "The finalists for our awards have been announced. We'll take registrations in person on the days of the conference, but why not save a little by registering today?"

The conference, titled Journalism and Media 2011: Journalism 3.0, features the aforementioned post-mortem panel on the 2011 federal election and the list of sessions, panels and workshops continues to grow. In one of the most recent additions, award-winning journalist Andrew McIntosh joins Ken Jackson and Jorge Barrera, the journalists who broke the Bruce Carson story on APTN in an investigative reporting panel Friday morning.

This conference is also one of the few opportunities to bring your own laptop and learn computer-assisted reporting techniques from experts like the Ottawa Citizen's Glen McGregor and the CBC's David McKie. Or bring your laptop to one of the sessions on blogging, tweeting and social-media marketing and join in on the conversation.

An unforgettable end to the conference comes with a Sunday foreign-reporting panel over brunch. Canadian-born Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon joins the Globe and Mail's Sonia Verma, the Canadian Press' Murray Brewster and TV's Tom Clark for what should be a lively discussion on how journalists cover what happens outside our own borders.

All of the information on the 2011 conference is posted on the CAJ website, www.caj.ca, under the events menu. Can't attend the whole weekend? A variety of single-day and keynote event tickets are available. Also, conference-rate rooms are still available at the Sheraton Hotel Ottawa.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing about 800 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information:

Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ president - (204) 697-7590, cell (204) 470-8862
Elizabeth Thompson, national director - (613) 986-5498
John Dickins - (613) 868-5442 cell


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