TORONTO, April 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Do journalists risk becoming unwilling partners of campaign strategists? The Canadian Journalism Foundation's annual J-Talk in Ottawa Election: 2015: What Stories Swing Votes? will explore this question at 7:00 p.m. on May 13 at the National Arts Centre.
With Canadians headed to the polls in October, are voters looking for news stories on the horse race or detailed reporting of policy platforms? Has coverage of the 41st Parliament educated the population or led voters to disengage? What's the cost of covering campaigns when the growing power of social media is making mainstream media increasingly less popular?
"Political campaigns have changed dramatically over the past decade," says Tom Clark, chief political correspondent for Global National and the host of The West Block with Tom Clark, who will moderate the panel discussion. "They are more targeted and less national. So how does that translate into strategy, and where does it leave media coverage? With an election less than six months away, it's a perfect time to examine these questions and more."
Speakers on the panel include Susan Delacourt, author and columnist for the Toronto Star; Frank Graves, president and founder of EKOS Research Associates; David Herle, principal partner with The Gandalf Group; and Adam Radwanski, political columnist with The Globe and Mail.
The discussion is part of the CJF J-Talks series, exploring the major issues and challenges shaping journalism.
Thank you to presenting sponsor Shaw Communications, CJF J-Talks series sponsor BMO Financial Group, venue sponsor National Arts Centre and in-kind supporters CNW and CPAC.
WHERE: National Arts Centre (Salon), 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa
WHEN: Wednesday, May 13 / Discussion 7:00 p.m. / Reception 8:30 p.m.
General admission: $25
Students (Limited quantity available. ID at the door): $15
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend annual industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speaker's series, we facilitate 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 supports journalism websites J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation