The CAJ's Journalism and Media 2011: Journalism 3.0

OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists invites journalists to attend its annual conference from May 13-15 in the nation's capital.

This year's CAJ conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and there is a great line up scheduled. The theme is Journalism 3.0 and the goal is to look at the changes that journalism is undergoing and give people the tools to adapt to them.

"In what's been another busy year of adapting to changes in the way we practise journalism, this conference will be an invaluable opportunity to learn about what's happening in newsrooms here and around the world," CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch said.

Philip Meyer, author of the Vanishing Newspaper, Saving Journalism in the Information Age will speak about his original research into Canadian newsrooms, which will be presented for the first time at the conference. His proposals, which are debated internationally, look at what worked in the past and present his thoughts on where the industry is headed in the future. Meyer will speak during lunch on Friday, May 13.

Another draw for journalists will be Rob Curley, who is doing innovative journalism online as new media editor with the Las Vegas Sun. During a Saturday afternoon presentation, he'll share how a focus on video and quality local journalism has turned the Sun into a multi-award winning online darling.

There will be workshops on everything from blogging and tweeting to mapping, web scraping, web video and computer assisted reporting. Some of the country's top media execs will wade in on what's happening in the industry, how they are adapting, what's working (and what's not).

The schedule doesn't end there— we've also got panels such as Tweet Justice - about tweeting in courtrooms with the lawyer for Russell Williams who is calling for a ban on tweeting court proceedings. Other panels include election coverage, health reporting, crime reporting. The key social event of the weekend is the banquet and awards gala scheduled for May 14 when Canada's top investigative journalism award will be handed out.

Full information on the conference schedule and fees - including separate rates for one-day attendance - is available on the CAJ's website, as well as our Facebook page. The deadline for the early bird discount for registration is April 25 and the deadline for the CAJ rate of $159 a night at the Sheraton is April 20.

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 - look under 'Events' for the 2011 conference pages


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