TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2015 /CNW/ - An award-winning journalist who investigates journalists, Nick Davies is the British reporter who exposed the phone-hacking scandal in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire. Davies uncovered the unethical relationships between reporters and private investigators as they targeted phones of the British royal family, politicians, celebrities such as Hugh Grant and Angelina Jolie, and most disturbingly, the phone of a missing teenager, later found dead.
As the featured speaker at The Canadian Journalism Foundation's J-Talk on September 24 at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Davies will be in conversation with Gillian Findlay, co-host of CBC's the fifth estate. The CJF is proud to present this J-Talk with in partnership with CBC News.
Davies and Findlay will discuss how his reporting resulted in the demise of the News of the World and sparked Britain's Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press.
"If not for Nick Davies, phone-hacking might still be prevalent among the British tabloid press," says Findlay. "Because of this scandal—and even prior to it—Davies's views on journalism ethics, the British press and news coverage gives us all pause for thought in terms of how we in the media report the news, what lines are worth crossing to get a story and how critical we should be when consuming media."
Davies's subsequent book, Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught up with Rupert Murdoch, provides a primer on the power of investigative reporting and the dangers of unethical journalism.
A freelancer, Davies writes regularly as a special correspondent for The Guardian and has been honoured with numerous awards, including the 2011 Journalist of the Year by the Foreign Press Association in London. Davies also played a key role in the Guardian's publication of secret U.S. military and diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.
The discussion is part of the CJF J-Talks series, exploring issues and challenges shaping journalism.
The CJF is grateful for the generous support of partner CBC News, CJF J-Talks exclusive series sponsor BMO Financial Group and in-kind supporter CNW Group.
WHERE: Glenn Gould Studio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 250 Front St. West, Toronto
WHEN: Thursday, September 24 / Discussion 7:00 p.m. / Reception 8:30 p.m.
Each ticket purchase includes: a hardcover copy of Nick Davies's latest book Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch (retail value: $29.95) and a chance to meet the author at the post-discussion reception at 8:30 p.m.
General admission: $49
Students (Limited quantity available. ID at the door): $25
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 J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
Image with caption: "Nick Davies, special correspondent for The Guardian and author of Hack Attack, the book about uncovering the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire, will be in conversation with Gillian Findlay, co-host of CBC's the fifth estate, at The Canadian Journalism Foundation J-Talk in Toronto on September 24. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150831_C8472_PHOTO_EN_487288.jpg
Image with caption: "Nick Davies, special correspondent to The Guardian and author of Hack Attack, will be in conversation with Gillian Findlay, co-host of CBC's the fifth estate, at The Canadian Journalism Foundation's J-Talk on September 24 in Toronto. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150831_C8472_PHOTO_EN_487433.jpg
For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0396, [email protected]