Media Advisory - From the Margins to the Mainstream: What's Next for Digital Disruptors

TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - With a strong foothold in the Canadian media industry, what are the challenges faced by BuzzFeed, VICE and Twitter? The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) explores this question as part of its J-Talks series 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 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.

"Having influenced mainstream media, how are these entities going to stay ahead?" says Simon Houpt, senior media writer for The Globe and Mail, who will moderate the discussion.

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, will join Houpt for this panel.

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

Early bird (Limited availability): $20
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, BuzzFeed Canada's Craig Silverman and The Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt (moderator) will speak at The Canadian Journalism Foundation J-Talk 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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