TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2018 /CNW/ - With local news in decline, how best to address the information gaps across different communities? Could more creative uses of technology—including artificial intelligence—play a greater role—or is investing in communities the best way forward? The Canadian Journalism Foundation's (CJF) J-Talk will explore these questions with Going Local or Going Niche: New News Opportunities on October 4 at the Google office in Toronto.
"We're getting too used to reports that the future of journalism is in peril," says Sonya Fatah, editor-in-chief of J-Source and assistant journalism professor at Ryerson University, who will moderate the discussion. "This, at a time when we're constantly learning of new newsroom closures, job cuts and buyout offers in a media landscape dominated by a few big players. But here's an opportunity to focus instead on new ideas and emerging local players. Could the future of local journalism be in embracing these evolving directions?"
This conversation features Jeff Elgie, CEO of Village Media, who is finding success expanding hyper local Ontario online news sites across smaller cities, and David Skok, CEO and editor-in-chief of media start-up The Logic, a subscription news site focused on Canada's innovation economy, who believes the future of local news may lie in more creative uses of technology. April Lindgren, Velma Rogers Research Chair and principal investigator for the Local News Research Project at the Ryerson School of Journalism, will provide an overview of the local news landscape.
This event is part of the annual J-Talks series, which explores pressing media issues.
The CJF thanks the generosity of J-Talks series sponsor BMO Financial Group, sponsor Google News Initiative and in-kind supporter CISION.
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
Doors open: 6:00 p.m., Discussion 6:30 p.m., Reception 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Google, 111 Richmond St. W., 9th Floor, Toronto
General admission: $25
Student tickets (ID required. Limited availability): $15
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: Wendy Kan, Director of Programming, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected]