J-Talks Live explores Media in Crisis: Can Journalism Survive – and Thrive – in this Year of Challenge?

Edited 23/10/20

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – In a year of unprecedented challenges, the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s (CJF) next J-Talks Live virtual event will explore what it will take for journalism to survive in this new reality. The free webcast takes place on Thursday, October 29 at 1 p.m. EDT.

The featured guests are S. Mitra Kalita, senior vice-president for news, opinion and programming for CNN Digital, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. They will be in conversation with host Anna Maria Tremonti, also the host of the CBC podcast More.

“We are delighted to welcome Rasmus and Mitra to our CJF J-Talks to share their insights, knowledge and experience on the future of journalism in a troubling time,” says CJF chair Kathy English, currently a journalism fellow at the Reuters Institute. “We know that journalism around the world faces multiple and multifaceted crises—exacerbated by this global pandemic—and that this is a critical time to examine how news organizations can move forward to serve the public’s growing need for quality journalism.”

In addition to the pandemic, the reckoning over race and gender representation in newsrooms, the polarized political environment, growing public mistrust of institutions including journalism, declining ad revenues and diverted audience attention all challenge media organizations to adapt, and to do so quickly.

Kalita, based in New York City, leads CNN’s national news desk and efforts to share its journalism across an array of platforms. She was previously managing editor for editorial strategy at the Los Angeles Times, where she innovated new forms of storytelling and increased audience engagement, including hiring a correspondent to cover “Black Twitter.”

In addition to his director role, Nielsen is a professor of political communication at the University of Oxford. He was previously director of research at the Reuters Institute and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. He has done extensive research on journalism, U.S. politics and various forms of activism.

This free virtual event is part of the CJF’s J-Talks program, which explores pressing journalistic issues. 

The CJF thanks the generosity of J-Talks series sponsor BMO Financial Group

Cision is the exclusive distribution partner of the CJF.

DATE: Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1 p.m. EDT. / 10 a.m. PDT.
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About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious awards and fellowships program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers’ series, the CJF facilitates dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

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