Toronto journalism events for November

Holy Joe and the Principles

Nov. 1: Newzapalooza

The 9th annual Newzapalooza battle of the media bands takes over the Opera House once more for a night of off-key singing, reasonably priced beverages and amped-up frivolity, all to benefit the Children’s Aid Foundation. Members of the media live out a rockstar fantasy for the night while taking good-natured ribbing from their more spotlight-shy colleagues. Will the Toronto Star’s band Holy Joe and the Principles, which took the prize in 2011 and 2012, make it a threepeat? (Full disclosure, this is a band made up of my colleagues and boss) Click here to see cheesy band photos, then click here to follow on Facebook.

Cost: $20 at the door or from your newsroom rock ‘n’ rollers.

Nov. 9-10: IRE Watchdog Workshop 

IRE is once again bringing its Watchdog Workshop to Toronto. This weekend of training for all journalists, students and journalism educators will offer several core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more. This workshop will focus on issues on shared interest between the U.S. and Canada. Expected speakers include: Kevin Bousquet, Corpa Investigations; Harvey Cashore, CBC Investigative Unit; Sarah Cohen, The New York Times; Robert Cribb, Toronto Star; Steve Doig, Arizona State University; Robyn Doolittle, Toronto Star; Doug Haddix, Ohio State University; Mark Horvit, IRE; David Cay Johnston; Tax Analysts; Anton Koschany, CTV W5; David McKie, CBC TV; Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News; Julian Sher, CBC’s fifth estate and Jennifer Wells, Toronto Star.

When: Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: 80 Gould St. (Ryerson’s Rogers Communication Centre)

Cost: $55 (U.S.) Professional or $25 (U.S.) Student. BUT RYERSON STUDENTS GET IN FREE. Online registration closes Nov. 1 with some registration allowed at the door. More info

Nov. 7: CAJ After Deadline

CAJ Toronto is pleased to announce the first session of a new discussion series, After Deadline. (Full disclosure, I am a CAJ volunteer.)

The first After Deadline session will examine the media’s coverage of the shooting death of Sammy Yatim.
Panellists include CTV crime reporter Tamara Cherry, the Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington and  Toronto Star crime reporter Jennifer Pagliaro. Moderated by Toronto Star reporter Tim Alamenciak.

When: Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

Where: Press Club, 850 Dundas St.

Cost: Free. RSVP here.

Nov. 13: COPA gala 

Mix and mingle with digital journalists and content producers at the traditionally raucous Canadian Online Publishing Awards party.

When: Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m. – Cocktail Reception then 7-10 p.m. – COPA Awards Program

Where: The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St.

Cost: $35 per person. Bulk discounts available. Click here for more info.

Nov. 28: CJF J-Talk – Guilty Pleasure or Real News?

Is celebrity gossip real news or simply “click bait” in the digital universe? Malene Arpe, who writes the Toronto Star Stargazing pages and Off the Rack column; Alison Eastwood, editor-in-chief ofHello! Canada; Jonathan Kay, comment pages editor of the National Post; Ben Mulroney, co-anchor of CTV’s etalk; and moderator Simon Houpt, senior media writer for The Globe and Mail, will discuss.

When: Nov. 28, 6 p.m. – registration, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – talk, 8 p.m. onwards – reception.

Where: TMX Broadcast Centre – Gallery, The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. W.

 Cost: CJF J-talks are generally $15-$25. Registration opening soon. Click here for info.

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