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#CAJ17 Annual Conference

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Welcome to the home of #CAJ17, the Canadian Association of Journalists annual conference. We're headed to our nation's capital on April 28-29, 2017. 

For those two days, delegates will be immersed in workshops and panels featuring fellow working journalists — including international counterparts. It's a chance to build skills and network with journalists from newsrooms big and small. Our conversations also confront our industry's challenges, and offer insight into how journalists can thrive during challenging times.

As always, the conference concludes with the CAJ awards gala, where we'll toast the best work in Canadian journalism in 2016. 

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel. Book online (until April 7, after that you must call) using the link above or calling 613-238-1500 (toll free 1-800-489-8333), indicating you want to reserve a room under the block held for the Canadian Association of Journalists. (Please note: Rooms at the conference rate are only guaranteed until April 7. After that, availability will depend on hotel occupancy). If you have any problems booking, please contact Scott Eden, group reservations coordinator, Sheraton Ottawa (613-238-1502 or

To register for the conference, click the link on the left of this page.

So save these dates!

We're excited to share the lineup at #CAJ17! Take a look at the confirmed sessions and speakers below: 



Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly Q&A

A sit-down conversation with the minister on the future of the news media industry in Canada.


Andrew Losowsky, The Coral Project

The Coral Project is a collaboration between Mozilla, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Losowsky will share practical ideas and research to help journalists everywhere get closer to the communities they serve.


The schedule

Here's what we've announced so far. We're always adding more, so watch this space!

Day One: April 28

  • 8:15 - 10 a.m. — Opening plenary

  • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. — How to turn a news idea or story into a book

  • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. — Pursuing the big story

  • 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. — Freelancing: How to work for yourself successfully (with pitch tips!)

  • 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. — Edward Greenspon on the future of news in Canada

  • 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. — Ottawa Citizen columnist Shannon Gormley speaks about her work

  • 1:20 - 2:20 p.m. — Keynote with Heritage Minister Melanie Joly

  • 2:30 - 3:20 p.m. — Why diversity matters to journalism and how to do it better

  • 3:35 - 4:35 p.m. — Harassment: How to deal with it when it happens to you

  • 3:35 - 4:35 p.m. — Podcasting: Why it matters and how to do it well

  • 3:35 - 4:35 p.m. — Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom panel on press freedom

  • 4:40 - 5:40 p.m. — Interviewing reluctant people

Day Two - April 29 

  • 9:35 - 10:35 a.m. — Access to Information: The top five mistakes people make filing an ATIP/FOI request, with Dean Beeby

  • 9:35 - 10:35 a.m. — The pros and cons of paywalls

  • 10:50 - 11:50 a.m. — Journalism ethics: A look at the current CAJ ethics code and discussion on what might need changing

  • 10:50 - 11:50 a.m. — Global perspectives: A discussion with journalists from other countries

  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. — How to get hired

  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. — Covering protests

  • 3:05 - 4:05 p.m. — Missing and murdered indigenous women: The long anticipated national inquiry into missing and murdered women and girls is set to start this year. How should we be covering this important story? What does the media do right? What does the media get wrong?

  • 4:10 - 5:10 p.m. — Session on vicarious trauma



  • Meredith Levine is chair of the CAJ ethics committee, an award-winning multimedia journalism and a professor at Western University's Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Meredith will be part of the CAJ ethics panel.

  • Fred Vallance-Jones is an associate professor of journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax, where he teaches journalism research and investigative data journalism at the undergraduate and graduate level. Fred founded and leads the annual King's summer data schools. He's also co-author of three textbooks, most recently The Data Journalist: Getting the Story from Oxford University Press. Fred has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including a National Newspaper Award and a Michener. He lives in Halifax with his wife, four daughters, four cats and a nine-year-old golden retriever. Fred will be one of the teachers of the data journalism workshop, one of our best-loved annual offerings.

  • Dean Beeby is a senior reporter with the CBC Parliamentary bureau, specializing in the use of the Access to Information Act. He was formerly with the Canadian Press news agency in Toronto, Halifax and Ottawa as reporter, business editor, news editor and bureau chief. Since the '80s he has promoted the use and improvement of FOI laws through workshops, panels and speeches across the country. He was also a member of the external advisory committee for the federal government's task force on ATIA in 2001-2002. His books have all drawn on documents obtained through the Access to Information Act. Dean will be part of the Access to Information tips and tricks session.

  • Dylan C. Robertson is a freelance journalist covering Parliament Hill. He covers Canada for The Christian Science Monitor, LGBT policy for Daily Xtra and frequently contributes to the Postmedia chain, VICE and J-Source on issues ranging from violent extremism to indigenous inmates. He has worked as a staff report for the Calgary Herald, the Ottawa Citizen and the Toronto Star. Dylan will appear in the freelance panel. 

  • Dale Smith is a freelance journalist in the Parliamentary Press Gallery and author of The Unbroken Machine from Dundurn Press. He is currently a weekly columnist for Loonie Politics and has written for Maclean's, the National Post, the Ottawa CitizenThe Canadian Press, the Law Times. 

  • Mark Sutcliffe is a writer, broadcaster and entrepreneur. He hosts Ottawa Today weekdays on 1313 NEWS radio and Rogers TV. He also hosts a daily podcast on Canadian politics for CPAC and a running podcast for iRun magazine. Mark is also the CEO of Great River Media Inc., an Ottawa-based media company that operates the Ottawa Business Journal and other media and event properties. He has written columns in the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and other publications. He is also the author of four books including the recently published Long Road to BostonMark will be participating in our podcasting session.

  • Katie Jensen is a Toronto-based freelance podcast producer. Previously, she produced Canadaland with journalist Jesse Brown and co-created The Impostor. She is a Polaris juror, plays in Baby Cages and programs for Feast in the East, a monthly music/food/art installation series. Katie will be participating in our podcasting session.

  • Yael Berger is a journalist and media producer. She's currently the podcast producer with Antica Productions in Toronto, which launched its Podcast Network in 2016. The Antica Podcast Network hosts over a dozen podcasts and is Canada's largest independent podcast network with hundreds of thousands of downloads to date. She's also the digital media producer behind CBC's Becoming Canadian digital content, part of the public broadcaster's sesquicentennial programming. Previously, Yael covered federal politics in Ottawa and was senior producer, social media editor and occasional host of the daily political radio show and Podcast Everything is Political with Evan Solomon on Sirius XM Canada. Yael will be participating in our podcasting session.

  • Eric Umansky is a deputy managing editor of ProPublica, where he edited a Pulitzer Prize-winning series about Wall Street. Previously, he wrote a column for Slate and was editor of He's also written for The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, The New Republic, and elsewhere. He is also a co-founder of Document Cloud. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Tina House - APTN's award-winning Tina House has told the stories of missing and murdered indigenous women for more than ten years. Her stories have exposed the sometimes dismissive attitude of police and how the social justice system has failed the women and their families. In 2010, House won the Amnesty International Canada Human Rights Journalism Award for her 22-minute documentary investigating the plight of women living Vancouver's downtown east side and their families of the missing, including the tragic death of her own cousin. She has covered the Robert Pickton trial and the subsequent B.C. inquiry. House has worked as a video journalist in APTN's Vancouver bureau since 2007. Prior to joining APTN, House worked in film as a talent agent, videographer, and award-winning film producer/director.

  • Jorge Barrera is a journalist with APTN National News and a Host Producer of APTN's Nation to Nation. He has worked across the country and internationally. Before joining APTN, Barrera worked for Canwest News Service, Sun Media, and the Moncton Times & Transcript. Barrera also worked in Caracas, Venezuela, for an English-language daily. He has won a 2011 Canadian Association of Journalists award and he was the J-Source 2012 newsperson of the year.

  • Robert Fife is The Globe and Mail's Ottawa Bureau Chief. He is the former Ottawa Bureau Chief of CTV National News and host of CTV's Question Period. In 2016 he and his Globe and Mail colleague Steven Chase wrote a series of stories about Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraisers that resulted in Prime Minister Trudeau modifying all party fundraising. Mr. Fife uncovered the Senate expense scandal, setting the course for an RCMP investigation, audits, and reform of Senate expense rules. In 2012, he exposed the E. coli contamination of some XL Foods products, forcing the company to recall 1,500 tainted meat products. Covering national politics since 1978, he began his career in the parliamentary bureau of NewsRadio and later United Press International (Canada). He worked as a senior political reporter for Canadia Press and spent a decade as Ottawa Bureau Chief and political columnist for the Sun Media chain, and had the same post for the National Post and CanWest News Service. He was with CTV from 2005 to 2015. Mr. Fife, who has won many awards for his journalism, is also the author of several books: A Capital Scanddal: Politics, Patronage and Payoff; Why Parliament Must Be Reformed; and Kim Campbell: The Making of a Politician.

  • Mélanie Joly is the federal Minister of Heritage.