THE MCGILL TRIBUNE.

JOURNALISM & MEDIA CONFERENCE

Montreal, QC
21-23 March 2017
University Centre, 3480 McTavish

Speakers

Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across Canada

This year's conference will feature various speakers from the world of journalism, media, and communications, including Ed Greenspon (Public Policy Forum), Alexandra Johnston (CBC/Radio-Canada), Scaachi Koul (Buzzfeed), Tom Henheffer (CJFE), Andrew Potter (MISC), and many more.

Tuesday March 21st

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16

200

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3 days of powerful talks

Whether you're an industry professional, a student journalist, or a member of the McGill community, the Journalism & Media Conference is an opportunity for you to engage in current issues. With practical insights and learning opportunities from over two dozen speakers, join us in the journey to fulfill our mandate, "Curiosity Delivers." 

Journalism in the 21st Century: What it takes & who it serves

21-23 March 2016

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About The McGill Tribune

The McGill Tribune is an entirely student-run and independent publication based in Montreal, QC. We have served the McGill and Montreal community since 1981. Our objectives are to provide fair and accurate coverage to students at McGill while operating as a space for any student interested in honing skills related to journalism, including: writing, editing, video and sound editing, photography, illustrating, web development, and print design. 

Visit our website: www.mcgilltribune.com

 
 

Q&A Safe intersectional feminist media spaces

16:30 - 17:30 PM

The Tribune will be sitting down with gothshakira, intersectional feminist viral Instagrammer, about her work creating memes and about safe media spaces as a whole. This Q&A will be moderated by Evelyn Goessling, Arts & Entertainment editor at The McGill Tribune. There will be free food at this event. 

To check out gothshakira's instagram page, visit here:https://www.instagram.com/gothshakira/?hl=en 

Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) -Madeline Parent Room (203A)
 

Panel: The treatment of Indigenous issues in mainstream media

17:30 - 18:30 PM

The McGill Tribune will be sitting down with Steve Bonspiel (Editor at The Eastern Door), Jessica Deer (Staff Reporter at The Eastern Door), and Nakha Bertrand (Editor at Ricochet - Français). They will be chatting about their work and the treatment of indigenous issues by the mainstream media as a whole. This panel will be moderated by Shrinkhala Dawadi, former Managing Editor at the McGill Tribune and current member of the Tribune Publication Society Board of Directors. There will be free food at this event. 

Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) -Madeline Parent Room (203A)
 

Workshop: Podcasting 101 - with Dragonroot Media Collective

17:30 - 18:30 PM

Dragonroot will be leading a workshop on podcasting, for students to learn the basics of putting together sound content and creating engaging, cohesive podcast episodes.

Dragonroot Media is a volunteer-run feminist media collective that aims to produce anti-oppressive media with a gender focus. In a collaboration between CKUT 90.3FM and the Centre for Gender Advocacy at Concordia University, they host a weekly radio program from 8:30 – 9:00AM on CKUT.

There will be free food at this event.

Location: The McGill Tribune office, on the first floor of SSMU, room 110 (behind La Prep).

Why the Canadian media can't have nice things

18:30 - 19:30 PM


Tom Henheffer will be speaking about free speech rights in the modern age of journalism. 

Tom Henheffer is the Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), an organization that’s been protecting the right to free expression in Canada and around the world for more than 30 years. Originally from New Brunswick, he’s an experienced journalist and entrepreneur who’s worked on everything from national news to TIFF to designing and patenting camera equipment.

Tom Henheffer will be speaking about free speech rights in the modern age of journalism. 

To learn more about Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, visit their website here: http://www.cjfe.org/

Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) -Madeline Parent Room (203A)

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Wednesday March 22nd

Q&A: Starting and sustaining independent publications with FKA magazine

15:15 - 16:00 PM

The Tribune will be sitting down with Emma Gaudio and Julian Trompeter, founders of FKA, to talk the ups and downs of starting an independent publication as students and sustaining it beyond graduation. This Q&A will be moderated by April Barrett, a Managing Editor at the Tribune. There will be free food at this event.

Formerly Known As Magazine (FKA) is an online and print magazine whose mission is to serve as a platform connecting the next generation of provocative, boundary-bending artists with a young and culturally minded international audience.

Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) -Lev Bukhman Room (203)
 

Panel: Foreign policy and political journalism

16:00 - 17:00 PM

The McGill Tribune will be sitting down with Zane Schwartz (The National Post) and Mayaz Alam (The Globe and Mail) to talk about their work in foreign policy and political journalism. This panel will be moderated by David Watson, Opinion Editor at the McGill Tribune. There will be free food at this event.

Zane Schwartz currently works at the National Post as the 2017 Michelle Lang Fellow. The fellowship is a year-long program where a reporter focuses on a specific topic. Zane's topic is the role money plays in affecting political decision making. He is investigating political donations, tax havens, and lobbyists.

Mayaz Alam is a Digital Editor at The Globe and Mail. In his role he spends time as a home page editor, social media editor, and engagement editor. He also co-writes the Politics Briefing, the Globe's daily politics newsletter. He is a McGill alumnus (B.A. 2016) with a degree in Economics and Political Science and worked for some student newspaper called The McGill Tribune, where he was once the Editor-in-Chief.

Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) -Lev Bukhman Room (203)

Scaachi Koul & Susana Mas: Yes, you should hire women of colour

17:00 - 18:00 PM

Scaachi Koul and Susana Mas will be sitting down for a conversation on representation of women of colour in media and journalism. Scaachi will be selling copies of her book, "One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter" during and after the event. There will be free food.

Scaachi Koul was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is a culture writer at BuzzFeed. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Hairpin, The Globe and Mail and Jezebel.

Susana Mas is a Parliamentary reporter who has spent the past decade covering politics for CTV, CBC and most recently The Ottawa Citizen. She is a two-time RTDNA winner for live specials she produced while working in radio. Her online work was recognized by the Canadian Association of Journalists who nominated her for an investigative reporting award for a story she wrote about temporary foreign workers during the 2015 federal election.

Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) -Madeline Parent Room (203A)

 

Workshop: Magazine/Newspaper Layout

17:00 - 18:00 PM

Co-founders of Formerly Known As Magazine, Emma Gaudio and Julian Trompeter, will be collaborating with members of the McGill Tribune Design team, Natalie Vineberg and Daniel Freed, to bring you a workshop on layout for newspaper and magazine publication. This workshop will review the tools and rules for layout on both mediums on Adobe InDesign.

Location: The McGill Tribune office, on the first floor of SSMU, room 110 (behind La Prep).

Upheaval and adaptation: the chaotic new world of journalism

18:00 - 19:00 PM

The Tribune will be sitting down with Catherine Wallace to discuss journalism in its modern state. This Q&A will be moderated by Jackie Houston, Opinion editor at the McGill Tribune.

Catherine Wallace is the 2016-2017 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. She is looking into alternative sources of information and journalism to help fill the gap left by rapidly shrinking newsrooms. She is a former managing editor of the Montreal Gazette, and has also worked at the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.

Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) -Madeline Parent Room (203A)

Workshop: Pitching 101 with Edie Austin

18:30 - 19:30 PM

Edie Austin will be leading a workshop on creating pitch ideas and drafting article pitches. Come prepared with an open mind and a pitch idea of your own! This is a theoretical exercise, and Op-Ed and Arts & Culture pitches are preferred.

Edie Austin has been editorial page editor of the Montreal Gazette since late 2014. Since joining the Gazette in 1983, Austin has served in a variety of writing and editing positions, including Books section editor (for 10 years) and editorial writer (18 years).  She is a McGill graduate (BA Honours, political science) and also holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.

Location: The McGill Tribune office, on the first floor of SSMU, room 110 (behind La Prep).

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Thursday March 23rd

A visual journey from print to digital, with Devin Slater

13:30 - 14:30 PM

Devin Slater, Head of Editorial Design at the The Globe and Mail, will be giving a talk on his work and designing for print and digital journalism more generally. He'll share his story of rebranding the Globe & Mail in 2010, capturing big news moments through visual stories, and the impact of data on editorial design. There will be a short Q&A period at the end of his talk, which will be moderated by Natalie Vineberg, Creative Director at the McGill Tribune. There will be free food at this event.


Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) Room 108

Panel: How to prepare for the changing future of sports media

14:30 - 16:00 PM

The McGill Tribune will be sitting down with Bob Babinski (Freelance journalist and trainer at Sportsnet), Sean Gordon (The Globe and Mail), and Arpon Basu (Managing editor at LNH) to discuss the changing nature of sports reporting. This panel will be moderated by Aaron Rose, Sports Editor at The McGill Tribune. There will be free food at this event.


Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) Room 108

Panel: A field in transition - doing digital journalism

16:15 - 17:15 PM

The McGill Tribune will be sitting down with Hayley Juhl (Montreal Gazette), Julie Mazziotta (People magazine), and Mayaz Alam (The Globe and Mail) to talk about online journalism and the field as it transitions from print to digital. This panel will be moderated by April Barrett, Managing Editor at the McGill Tribune. There will be free food at this event.

Location: Thomson House, restaurant level, 3650 Rue McTavish
 

How journalism influences public policy - it's not what you think

17:00 - 18:00 PM

Madelaine Drohan is an award-winning author and journalist who has covered business and politics in Canada, Europe and Africa during her 40-year career. She has been the Canada correspondent for The Economistmagazine since 2006. She became a senior fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa in July 2016,  and has written a series of reports on Canadian public policy including Does Serious Journalism Have a Future in Canada? (2016); The 9 Habits of Effective Resource Economies (2012); and Scandals and Their Aftermath (2005). She was the first woman to win the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism in 2001. She lives in Ottawa.

Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) Room 108
 

Panel: Is this planet f**ked? Compelling environmental journalism

17:15 - 18:15 PM

The McGill Tribune will be sitting down with Sam Evans-Brown (Host of theOutside/In podcast on New Hampshire Public Radio), Hilary Beaumont (VICE), and Martin Lukacs (The Guardian) to talk environmental journalism and communicating climate change. This panel will be moderated by Lydia Kaprelian, the Tribune's Science & Technology editor. There will be free food at this event.

To check out Sam Evans-Brown's work for Outside/In, visit:http://outsideinradio.org/

To read Hilary Beaumont's work for VICE, visit: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/contributor/hilary-beaumont

Take a look at Martin Lukacs' work for the Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/martin-lukacs

Location: Thomson House, restaurant level, 3650 Rue McTavish

The Shattered Mirror: Canada's broke and broken news media

18:00 - 19:00 PM

Ed Greenspon has worked at the intersection of journalism, business and public policy for more than 30 years. At the Globe and Mail, Greenspon was a business reporter and editor, Ottawa bureau chief, European correspondent, founding editor of globeandmail.com and Editor-in-Chief. 


Location: Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) Room 108
 

Panel: Public health & public perception

18:30 - 19:15 PM

The McGill Tribune will be sitting down with Prof. Madhukar Pai (McGill University) and André Picard (The Globe and Mail) to talk public health journalism in its current form. 

Prof. Pai, MD, PhD is a Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University. He is the Director of McGill Global Health Programs, and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre.


Location: Thomson House, restaurant level, 3650 Rue McTavish


André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of five books, most recently “Matters of Life and Death,” a collection of essays.

This panel will be moderated by Clare Fogarty, writer at the Tribune and member of the Tribune Board of Directors.

Q&A: Alex Johnston, VP Strategy and Public Affairs at CBC/Radio-Canada

19:30 - 20:15 PM

The McGill Tribune will be sitting down with Ms. Johnston to discuss her career in radio journalism. This Q&A will be moderated by Julia Dick, Editor-in-Chief at the McGill Tribune. There will be free food at this event.

Alex Johnston was appointed to the position of Vice-President, Strategy and Public Affairs at CBC/Radio-Canada in January 2016. 

Ms. Johnston is a long-time advocate for women, in particular accelerating women’s progress through inclusion in the workforce. Ms. Johnston holds a BA, LLB and BCL from McGill University. She is based in Toronto with her husband and three young children.


Location: Thomson House, restaurant level, 3650 Rue McTavish
 

Speaker Mixer/Meet and Greet

19:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Join us at Gert's Bar on the last day of the McGill Tribune Journalism and Media Confernece to wrap things up and celebrate a great conference! All speakers and attendees of the conference are invited to share laughs and stories from the field over poutine and drinks! Had a burning question at a panel that you didn't get to ask? Meet that speaker in person at our mixer! This event is open to the public and will be serving free food.

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