I found it interesting that I saw this quote about journalism conferences as I was gathering links for a post about a journalism conference in Montreal.
I like hearing people talk about the trade, and giving insight. And considering what I do, it would be ridiculous to argue that I don’t like navel-gazing about journalism. But I’ve never been a big fan of big academic-style conferences, particularly those that cost hundreds of dollars to attend.
There’s one such conference this weekend, called the Journalism Strategies Conference. It runs Thursday to Saturday. Unfortunately I’m working during much of it so I won’t be able to attend.
But I will be there for a free event on Thursday night, a panel discussion whose lineup is sure to make things interesting:
- Tony Burman, the former CBC News head who left for Al Jazeera English (he’s since returned to Canada, and is at Ryerson University now)
- Dominique Payette, the professor who penned the report on the future of journalism in Quebec, which called for the establishment of the status of professional journalist
- Kai Nagata, former CBC and CTV TV journalist who quit his job and burned his bridges and is now free to speak his mind without the burden of earning money
- Judy Rebick, the founding publisher of rabble.ca
Just the thought of Payette and Nagata getting into a debate about professional journalism might be worth the price of entry. Which is, you know, free.
The discussion, moderated by Daybreak host Mike Finnerty, begins at 7pm at Concordia’s DB Clarke Theatre (underneath the lobby of the Hall Building at 1455 de Maisonneuve W., corner Mackay). The Facebook event page is here.
There’s another free event Friday at 6pm at the McGill faculty club, with invited guests from abroad.
Two organizers of the conference, Christine Crowther and Lisa Lynch, appeared on CINQ-FM’s Digital Life Show last weekend to talk about it. You can download the podcast on their website.