TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2018 /CNW/ - Alan Rusbridger, the former editor-in-chief of the British daily The Guardian, who oversaw the publication of the WikiLeaks story, the phone-hacking scandal and mass government surveillance as disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, will speak at The Canadian Journalism Foundation's (CJF) coming J-Talk, Guardian of News. The event takes place November 29 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto.
The event marks the Canadian launch of his latest book, Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now.
"News organizations are battling on many fronts, from lie-detecting on one side to being vigorously transparent about their own work on another, while striving for deeper, substantial investigative reporting. At the same time, they are seeing the financial reward of that work often going to large tech giants rather than the newsrooms that require the revenues to keep producing quality journalism," says Irene Gentle, editor of the Toronto Star, who will moderate the conversation.
"While these challenges are felt in a visceral way every day in newsrooms, they have a larger impact on society in general and on democracy specifically. I am delighted that someone of Alan Rusbridger's experience and stature is helping to bring that conversation beyond our newsrooms through Breaking News. I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to explore with him his insights on where we are, what it means and, as crucially, where do we go from here."
Managing the Guardian's transition from national print newspaper to news site with a strong global online readership—under his leadership, the paper became the most-visited serious English-language website in the world—Rusbridger championed free access and strong journalistic standards. But he notes decisions made along the way were not without their challenges and controversies.
This event is part of the annual J-Talks series, which explores pressing media issues.
The CJF thanks the generosity of media partner The Toronto Star, J-Talks series sponsor BMO Financial Group and in-kind supporter CISION.
Books will be available for purchase. Book-signing will follow the event.
This event is general seating, first-come, first-served basis.
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
Doors open: 6:00 p.m., Discussion 7:00 p.m., Reception 8:30pm
WHERE: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W, Toronto
General admission: $30
Student tickets (ID required. Limited availability): $20
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious awards and fellowships program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers' series, the CJF facilitates dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: For inquiries: Natalie Turvey, President and Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected]