Visionary insight on Apple iPad impact at INNOVATE NEWS Jan. 30

OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Media, technology and design visionaries and leaders meeting in Toronto on Saturday for the groundbreaking Innovate News conference will discuss the implications of Apple's new iPad device and what it means for journalism.

Design and technology visionary Bill Buxton, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, will outline the promise and challenges to news media presented by devices like the iPad - and the opportunities they represent - in his closing keynote at the Canadian Association of Journalists' and CAJ Education Foundation's groundbreaking news innovation conference at the MaRS Centre Jan. 30.

"Bill Buxton's work and teaching have helped to shape our experience of the world," CAJ and conference chairman Saleem Khan said. "I have no doubt that his insights on technology and the critical decisions we must make today will leave the audience thinking, talking and working in new ways long after they leave."

The midday keynote executive panel of Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank, Jim Brady, president of digital strategy at Allbritton Communications and former executive editor of; and Rogers chief strategy officer Michael Lee will ponder the emerging media landscape and offer a high-level view of how the decision-makers see the next few years.

"The ideas and knowledge revealed on Saturday will transform the way we work on Monday," CAJEF president and keynote panel moderator Robert Cribb said.

CBC News director of digital media Rachel Nixon, Canadian Press director of news Angela Pacienza and editor Kenny Yum - leaders shaping the way we experience news - will lead a unique series of intimate discussions with conference-goers to offer practical insights into how media is changing.

"We have no doubt that anyone who attends this conference will leave with new skills and ideas, a brighter perspective on journalism and a positive outlook on the opportunities available to us today and tomorrow," CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch said.

Other digital news pioneers and leading media thinkers speaking at Innovate News include:

    - Alfred Hermida, professor of integrated journalism at the University of
      Britich Columbia, a founding journalist and former technology editor at

    - Mathew Ingram, senior writer at GigaOm and former communities editor at
      the Globe and Mail

    - Jon Lax, partner and digital strategist at interactive design firm
      Teehan + Lax.

Discussions at Innovate News will extend far beyond the iPad, with a strong practical focus on techniques, technologies and tools that media and content creators can start using immediately to enable a dramatically fresh approach to their work amid major shifts occurring today.

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, 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."

Speakers include:

Chris Boutet, senior editor, digital, National Post

Jim Brady, president, digital strategy, Allbritton Communications; former

executive editor,

Shirley Brady, media strategist; former communities editor, BusinessWeek

Bill Buxton, principal researcher, Microsoft Research

Ryan Coleman, co-founder, VizThink

Robert Cribb, deputy investigations editor, Toronto Star

John Cruickshank, publisher, Toronto Star

Kim Fox, senior producer, social media, CBC News

Brady Gilchrist, president, Admodo

Patrick Glinksi, senior strategist, Idea Couture

Alfred Hermida, professor of integrated journalism, UBC; founding


Mathew Ingram, senior writer, GigaOm; former communities editor, Globe

and Mail

Anne-Marie Jackson, visual journalist, Globe and Mail

Alan McLean, interface engineer, Interactive News Technology,

New York Times

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,

Tory Zimmerman, visual journalist, Globe and Mail

Sessions include:

Social media principles and practice

Entrepreneurial news

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

shaping change

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

Registration fees:

$119 - Member

$159 - Associate member

$50 - Student member

$50 - Unemployed member

$299 - Non-member

Memberships are available at

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; 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:

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