Media Advisory - BuzzFeed, Twitter and VICE: What's next for the digital disruptors that rocked the Canadian media scene

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - What's next for BuzzFeed, Twitter and VICE, now that they have a strong foothold in the Canadian media industry? The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) presents From the Margins to the Mainstream: What's Next for Digital Disruptors on November 15 in Toronto.

Established online in the last decade, they were once media's "new kids on the block"—digital disruptors that carved their own niches within the traditional media landscape and were hailed as either saviours or criticized as saboteurs: BuzzFeed, with its listicles and viral content; VICE, with its rebel millennial voice and muckraking videos; and Twitter, a platform for citizen journalism, live reporting and feedback, along with free, sharable content.

Simon Houpt, senior media writer for The Globe and Mail, will moderate this discussion featuring Michael Gruzuk, director of news and digital content for VICE Canada; Jennifer Hollett, head of news and government for Twitter Canada; and Craig Silverman, founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada.

The discussion is part of the CJF J-Talks series, exploring issues and challenges shaping journalism.

The CJF is grateful for the generosity of J-Talk series sponsor BMO Financial Group and in-kind supporters CNW and CPAC.

Admission includes the post-event cocktail reception with the speakers.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15 | Discussion: 6:00 p.m. | Reception: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: TMX Broadcast Centre, The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. West, Toronto

General Admission: $25
(Limited quantity available. ID at the door): $15

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About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend annual industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speaker's series, we facilitate 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 supports journalism websites (English) and (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

Image with caption: "VICE Canada's Michael Gruzuk, Twitter Canada's Jennifer Hollett and BuzzFeed Canada's Craig Silverman will speak on a panel moderated by The Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt and presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation on November 15 in Toronto. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at:

For further information: For inquiries: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0396,


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