2011 CAJ conference: Early-bird registration extended!

OTTAWA, April 25 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists has extended early-bird registration rates for its national conference set for the nation's capital May 13-15.

The deadline to qualify for early-bird registration rates is now May 6, a week before the conference kicks off on Friday, May 13, 2011. Early registration can save between $20 and $100, depending on what you're registering to attend.

"With the federal election campaign underway, we wanted to give as many journalists as possible the chance to qualify for early-bird rates," CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch said. "We are also a few days away from announcing the finalists for the 2010 CAJ Awards and want to allow those journalists to qualify for these reduced rates."

The conference, titled Journalism and Media 2011: Journalism 3.0, features keynote speakers Phillip Meyer, a journalist and author of "The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age," and the Las Vegas Sun's new-media editor Rob Curley.

The weekend's workshops and panels are still being finalized, but among the growing list is Google Canada strategic partnerships director Jeremy Butteriss, who will speak about mobile news and advertising. Toronto Star columnist Chantal Hebert has just joined the line-up and will be part of a federal election post-mortem panel with Carleton University journalism professors Jeff Sallot and Elly Alboim.

Capping off the conference on Sunday is a panel over brunch on foreign reporting. 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. A variety of single-day and keynote event tickets are available to suit journalists and those interested in journalism. Of note, the conference weekend falls during the national capital's annual Tulip Festival, an annual celebration of spring featuring special events and concerts.

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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