CAJ announces national conference

OTTAWA, May 3 /CNW/ - You're terrible at Twitter. Ottawa's army of press officers is blocking you at every turn. Your cellphone photos suck and your investigative skills are rusty.

The Canadian Association of Journalists can help you fix all these problems and more!


    The CAJ's 32nd Annual Conference: Good Journalism in 140 Characters
    or More
    When: May 28 to 30, 2010
    Where: The Grand Plaza Hotel, downtown Montreal

The CAJ has extended early bird registration rates for this 2010 conference until May 7.

Speakers and session include:

*Keynote* Las Vegas Sun new-media editor and self-described Internet punk Rob Curley on, well, new media and what it means to you -- and the future of our business.

*Keynote* Calgary Herald Lorne Motley on the new perils of journalism.

CBC investigative journalist Harvey Cashore on digging deeper faster.

King's College professor and computer-assisted reporting expert Fred Vallance-Jones on getting beyond Google.

CAJ ethics boss Ivor Shapiro and company on the pitfalls of digital media.

Media lawyer Brian Rogers on how not to get sued (and how to use the new "responsible journalism" defense if you do).

Photojournalist Della Rollins on shooting for non-shooters.

Canwest national correspondent David Akin on blogging and tweeting effectively

AND: A special CAJ/Parliamentary Press Gallery panel on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's information control and what journalists should do about it,

PLUS the CAJ Awards banquet, networking opportunities and much more.....

"Reporters are doing more with less these days, and we need a whole batch of new skills to do it properly," said CAJ conference chair Dale Bass, a journalist at Black Press in Kamloops. "It's still possible to do great journalism in tricky times and the CAJ conference will help you learn how."

Early bird rates -- only $175 for the weekend for CAJ members -- have been extended to May 7, after which point they will rise to $199 for members. We've made this change to allow those CAJ award entrants who are honoured as finalists to be able to take advantage of early bird rates for conference attendance.

Look for the announcement on CAJ award finalists to be released the week of May 6.

For more information and to register: Visit

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information: For further information: Dale Bass, CAJ conference chair, (250) 374-7467 or cell (250) 572-4620; John Dickins, CAJ executive director, cell (613) 868-5442, Email:

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