Toronto journalism events

Stuff journalists like: going to events to talk about journalism with other journalists. Here are a few upcoming events that you can access for free or next-to-free.

Sept. 9: Globe, Star Ontario Press Council hearings on Ford coverage: The Ontario Press Council will hold hearings Sept. 9 at Ryerson University’s Sears Atrium at 245 Church St. at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to consider complaints filed over stories published by the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail detailing the alleged questionable conduct of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Coun. Doug Ford. The hearings will be broadcast on television live on CPAC and Rogers Toronto community channel (HD 510 and channels 10 in Toronto and 63 in Scarborough) and blogged by J-Source live. View it by clicking here: Live Blog

Sept. 17: ONA Toronto: Post-Summer Drinks and Social: The Toronto chapter of the Online News Association has arranged a private event at Kensington Market’s Handlebar from 6-9 that includes socializing and a show and tell from journalists who will demo a cool project that they worked on over the summer, share a lesson learned from a course they recently took, etc. Free, RSVP recommended. More info.

Sept. 18: Marc Ellison, Reporting Without a Parachute: CAJ award winner and recent Toronto Star reporter Marc Ellison draws on his experiences with former child soldiers in Uganda and reflects on what it takes to navigate a foreign landscape as a journalist. Free. Co-presented by CAJ and Aga Khan Foundation Canada. For more information and to register:

Sept. 19: John Cook, editor-in-chief of Gawker, in conversation with media ethics commentator Jeffrey Dvorkin. This Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) event is sold out but a liveblog and livestream will be available courtesy J-Source. (Sign up for the Scribblelive liveblog and get an emailed reminder when it starts.)

Sept. 25: Freelancers seminar: For freelancers in Toronto and surrounding areas: a day-long seminar designed to help you make the most of your skills and talents. Free, registration required. More info:

Sept. 23-27: Social Media Week Toronto: While not all about journalism, SMWTO is about a topic near and dear to my heart (and is often related to journalism.) This year’s events take place across Toronto and other countries around the world from Sept. 23-27. The theme for 2013 is “Looking Ahead to 2015″ and events will explore what changes and trends will arise in the next 12-15 months. Most events are free but registration fills up fast — you can follow along by hashtag, liveblog or livestream for most events. Search the schedule by “Media and Publishing” for the journalism-related events.

Want more? 

News on News, Journalism about Journalism: is a great Canadian journalism resource that features an “Education & Research” area along with news, opinions and advice for and by Canadian scribes. J-Schoolers may be particularly interested in the Students’ Toolbox feature in the Students’ Lounge area. Also useful: Events calendar (If you sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Twitter before Sept. 18, you’ll be entered into a draw to win a digital voice recorder.)

Canadian Association of Journalists, a group near and dear to my heart, has useful primers on ethics, news on advocacy and a wide assortment of new and archived live chats. (Disclosure: I am the Community Manager for CAJ.)

* Poynter Institute: an American institute that provides insightful analysis of news events and their coverage as well as an extensive training program.

* Newseum: the Washington, D.C. museum is a must-see when in the Capitol Region but also has a great website full of interesting multimedia exhibits on journalism. It’s a bit U.S.-centric but still extremely useful to Canadian audiences. has industry news from across the pond and beyond plus a great training section. They create weekly podcasts on journalism and news strategy and offer a daily newsletter. One particularly useful primer: The 22 tools and apps every journalism student should know about.

What have I missed? Is there a good Toronto journalism event coming up? Let me know in the comments area below.

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