Monday, December 12, 2011

The veteran journalists who advise Centennial's journalism program + Press Freedom winner

We are very lucky at Centennial College's three journalism programs (Fast Track post graduate, undergraduate joint program with University of Toronto, and the three year diploma for post secondary students). 
Because our Program Advisory Committee -- the folks who volunteer to make sure we are doing a good job delivering the right mix of training and opportunities for our students -- is made up of dedicated, committed professionals from the journalism industry.  
I don't think many people realize how much time and thought the members of our PAC put in to keep Centennial Journalism on the cutting edge of journalism education, and combined with the energy and vision of the faculty and staff, and the talented students, it was a very rewarding opportunity for me to attend the most recent meeting, to share what we are doing, and ask them for advice and input. 
Some of the discussions ranged around telling Centennial Journalism's story more effectively on the web, and about possible new courses or future speakers and panel discussions for the students, especially about the ethics of online corrections. 

The members of the PAC are:

  • Eric Morrison, former head, The Canadian Press
  • Marci Ien, Canada AM host
  • Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief CBC News
  • Sam Donkoh, freelance journalist and p.r. professional
  • Michael Brooke, Concrete Wave magazine publisher
  • Bert Bruser, media lawyer
  • Georgia Balogiannis, the Etobicoke Guardian, (Centennial grad!)
  • Chris Boutet, deputy editor (digital) the Globe and Mail
  • Heather Evans, CBC National News Health Unit 
  • Alexandra Ward, student
  • Jesse Mirsky, student
  • Sarah Taguiam, student 
  • Jeffrey Dvorkin, former CBC Radio News chief, NPR ombudsman, now U of T Journalism director

Alex Ward (student), Lindy Oughtred (faculty) and Nate Horowitz (Dean) at the program advisory committee meeting for Journalism

Stephen Cogan, Centennial College Journalism Coordinator, and Marci Ien, CTV Canada AM

Eric Morrison, former head The Canadian Press, committee chair, and Bert Bruser, media lawyer Toronto Star

Jeffrey Dvorkin, U of T Journalism director

Marci Ien, CTV Canada AM
Georgia Balogiannis, The Etobicoke Guardian
Really bad and blurry photo of Heather Evans (sorry!) , CBC National News Health desk, executive producer (bottom right)
Jennifer McGuire, CBC News editor in chief

Yemeni journalist Khaled al-Hammadi, with Al Jazeera, won the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression International Press Freedom award here in Toronto in November. We were lucky to have him visit journalism students at Centennial College during his whirlwind trip to the city for the ceremonies. Students asked him how he got interested in journalism, what dangers he has faced, how he gets stories when in Yemen only the government is permitted to speak on the record, and other aspects of his courageous career trying to cover the Arab Spring and its effects in Yemen.

Khaled Al Hammadi with Centennial/U of T joint journalism program coordinator Ted Fairhurst

Khaled Al Hammadi talks to Centennial Journalism students 

Where are they now?

Jennifer Phillips at Toronto City Hall, December 2011

Jennifer Phillips' profile on Bleacher Report
Jennifer Phillips, Centennial Journalism grad from 2005 or 2006, now works in communications at Toronto City Hall in the office of Mayor Rob Ford, in the protocol section. She is also an avid sports fan, and has written for the Bleacher Report, covering the Leafs, Marlies and other local sports teams.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Canadian Association of Journalists 2012 Conference..Save the Date

 Save the date! The 2012 CAJ conference is coming to Toronto

OTTAWA, Dec. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists'
annual conference is coming to Toronto in 2012.

The conference is scheduled to run from Friday April 27 to Sunday
afternoon April 29, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

For the first time, the CAJ's three-day line up will kick off during
Newspapers Canada's annual Ink&Beyond conference, which starts April 26
at the same hotel. This partnership will allow those attending either
conference to attend a full day of sessions on the Friday April 27, a
day that's capped off by the annual galas for the National Newspaper
Awards and the Ontario Community Newspaper Association.

The CAJ events committee is currently finalizing the full conference
schedule, but some of the panels and speakers that are already confirmed

   * Local TV news is back! Featuring Ward Smith of Global TV, Sophia
     Hadzipetros of the CBC, Tina Cortese of City TV and Steve Kassar of
     CTV Toronto

   * A kickoff panel on the state of our industry featuring CBC News'
     Jennifer McGuire
and other industry leaders
   * Sports journalism before the summer Olympics: moderated by Malcolm
     Kelly, CBC
and co-ordinator of Canada's only post-grad
     sports journalism program
   * The latest in training on using Buzz Data, Google, and Adobe CS.
   * Daylong data journalism / computer-assisted reporting courses led by
     David McKie, Investigations team, CBC Radio News and the Ottawa
     Citizen's Glen McGregor.

   * The CAJ Awards gala Saturday night, April 28.
   * Sessions on trauma, professionalization, privacy, ethics and more.

The conference fee for CAJ members in good standing has already been set
at an early bird rate of $229. Other rates for students, single day
attendance, and keynote luncheons, are also available. Delegates
attending the Newspapers Canada conference and those attending the
National Newspapers Awards will qualify for reduced rates to the CAJ
conference. A room rate is available at the Royal York starting on April
26 and is set at $185 a night.

The CAJ will continue releasing more information on the 2012 CAJ
conference as it's confirmed and scheduled. For the latest information,
visit the Events / 2012 conference page

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for
journalists from all media, representing almost 600 members across the
country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality
professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

*For further information: *

Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president - 519-756-2020 ext. 2226, 519-535-8680

Ellin Bessner, 2012 conference committee -

416 289 5000 ext 8826