TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - How do investigative reporters determine what's in the public interest? Does social media help or hinder the investigative process? How can reporters alleviate public suspicions about anonymous sources—and manage their sources' expectations?
In a special Canadian Journalism Foundation presentation, Kevin Donovan, investigative reporter and editor with the Toronto Star, and Diana Swain, senior investigative journalist with CBC News, will share the stories behind their biggest recent exposés.
Paula Todd, journalist, author and broadcast and digital media professor, will moderate this discussion at 7:00 p.m. on November 27 at the TMX Broadcast Centre in Toronto.
"Investigative journalism demands time and effort and in the end, it's worth it," says John Cruickshank, chair of the CJF and publisher of the Toronto Star, who will make opening remarks at the event. "You can't help but be gratified by the results, because it sets out to expose some form of wrongdoing and by its publication, tries to make it right."
Donovan's work includes reporting on allegations of violence and sexual harassment against former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi and on scandals surrounding former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Swain's work ranges from the groundbreaking investigation into Scouts Canada's handling of sex abuse allegations against scout leaders to an examination into millions of Canadian tax-dollars hidden in off-shore accounts and a report on the Canadian military's weak response to the needs of returning soldiers now struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Todd was the first in Canada to break news in an e-book with Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down An Elusive Child Serial Killer and Discovered A Mother of Three. Her latest book is Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online, which uncovers the real reasons people abuse others in cyberspace.
The discussion is followed by a cocktail reception where attendees will have the opportunity to meet the featured speakers.
The discussion is part of the CJF J-Talks series, exploring the major issues and challenges shaping journalism.
Thank you to CJF J-Talks exclusive series sponsor BMO Financial Group and in-kind supporter CNW.
TMX Broadcast Centre - Gallery, The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. West, Toronto
Thursday, Nov. 27
Registration: 6:30 p.m. / Discussion 7:00 p.m. / Reception 8:30 p.m.
General admission: $30
Students (Limited quantity available. ID at the door): $15
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.
Image with caption: "Investigative reporters Kevin Donovan of the Toronto Star and Diana Swain of CBC News discuss why investigative reporting matters to the future of news with moderator Paula Todd. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141125_C4082_PHOTO_EN_8506.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: Media Contact: Wendy Kan, Program Manager, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0394 x502, [email protected]