OTTAWA, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - In one week, media, design and technology visionaries and leaders gather in Toronto for the Canadian Association of Journalists' and CAJ Education Foundation's groundbreaking news innovation conference at the MaRS Centre. Registration is online at www.caj.ca.
The conference focuses on techniques, technologies and tools that media and content creators can start using immediately to enable a dramatically fresh approach to their work amid the major shifts it is now experiencing.
"This meeting of minds represents a formula for change," CAJ and conference chairman Saleem Khan said. "We are bringing together professionals at the cutting edge of media in North America with leaders and visionaries in design and technology to inject new ideas into an industry built on tradition."
"This event marks a turning point for journalism in this country," said Robert Cribb, president of the CAJ Education Foundation. "The ideas and knowledge revealed next Saturday will transform the way we work on Monday."
"On Jan. 30, people in all roles with all skill levels will discover something new at this conference," CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch said. "Reporters, editors, producers, managers, executives and students will all walk away enriched, empowered and inspired."
The conference is structured in four tracks: Two craft and practice focused tracks for varying levels of skill and experience, an executive and management track to help decision makers explore and understand strategic issues, news and business models; and an "unconference" style track to enable attendees to self-organize, discover and engage in deep-knowledge grassroots sessions.
Keynotes by leaders and visionaries include:
- Opening keynote by Jim Brady, former executive editor of the WashingtonPost.com, on "The Power of Local: The next frontier in news."
- Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank, Rogers chief strategy officer Michael Lee and Jim Brady on the current media landscape and what is next, in the executive panel "The View from the Top."
- Design and technology visionary Bill Buxton's closing keynote on the critical choices facing the news industry that will shape the role of journalists, journalism and the fate of our liberal democracy for generations, "The Fourth Estate in the Digital Age."
Jim Brady, president, digital strategy, Allbritton Communications; former
executive editor, WashingtonPost.com
Bill Buxton, principal researcher, Microsoft Research
Ryan Coleman, founding member and chief community evangelist, VizThink
Robert Cribb, deputy investigations editor, Toronto Star
John Cruickshank, publisher, Toronto Star
Brady Gilchrist, president, Admodo
Patrick Glinksi, senior strategist, Idea Couture
Alfred Hermida, professor of integrated journalism, UBC; founding
Anne-Marie Jackson, visual journalist, Globe and Mail
Alan McLean, interface engineer, interactive news technology, New York
Jon Lax, partner, Teehan + Lax
Michael Lee, chief strategy officer, Rogers
Patrick Lor, president, Fotolia North America; co-founder, iStockPhoto
Rachel Nixon, director of digital media, CBC News
Angela Pacienza, director of online news, Canadian Press
Roy Pereira, president, Shiny
Susanne Reber, deputy managing editor, investigations, NPR
Ivor Shapiro, professor, Ryerson University, CAJ ethics chair; ethics
Mike Sukmanowsky, manager, digital analytics, Rogers Digital Media
Kenny Yum, editor, GlobeandMail.com
Tory Zimmerman, visual journalist, Globe and Mail
Social media principles and practice
Video and photojournalism for writers
Facebook beyond friend, poke and status: Mine, market and match
Hacking the news: How journalist-developers create engaging interactive
20 minutes into the future: Insights into what's next by the people
Understanding Web analytics and how to take advantage of it
New ethics of the new news
Creating and managing co-productions for depth and impact
Design thinking the media: A new approach to news
Changing and managing organizational culture
Business model innovation: Who will pay for news
Visual thinking and the story process
... and more!
Registration is online at www.caj.ca
$119 - Member
$159 - Associate member
$50 - Student member
$50 - Unemployed member
$299 - Non-member
Memberships are available at www.caj.ca/membership.
The Canadian Association of Journalists is Canada's largest professional organization for journalists from all media, with about 1,100 members across the country. The CAJ's main roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.
The CAJ Education Foundation is a federally registered charitable foundation whose purpose is to improve understanding of Canada and its place in the world.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists
For further information: For further information: Chairman, Saleem Khan - (416) 494-0908 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ president, (204) 470-8862 or (204) 783-9417; Executive director, John Dickins, (613) 526-8061; To join the CAJ, please visit: http://www.caj.ca/membership