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We get excited about CAJ conferences every year, but this one is special. This year, the CAJ turns 40, and we're celebrating all those years of leading professional development and vital advocacy on behalf of journalists—always with an eye to the future. Get ready for #CAJ18 which runs May 4-5, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Toronto.

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Daniel dale 

Daniel Dale is the Toronto Star’s Washington bureau chief, covering President Donald Trump’s administration and other stories in the United States. He previously spent four years as a Toronto city hall reporter and bureau chief, covering Mayor Rob Ford’s administration from start to finish. Dale has won a National Newspaper Award for short features and two Goff Penny Awards as Canada’s best young journalist. Catherine Porter, Canadian correspondent for the New York Times, leads the conversation. #CAJDale @ddale8 @porterthereport

Amy king

Amy King is editor-in-chief and creative director of The Lily, a publication of The Washington Post that elevates stories critical to the lives of women. Amy proposed and developed the editorial and creative mission of The Lily.  She started at The Post in 2013 as an art director for the Arts & Style section and went on to help launch the paper’s national apps and Snapchat Discover channel. #CAJKing @theamyking 

Katie Benner

Katie Benner covers the Justice Department for the New York Times in Washington, D.C. Before moving to Washington, she helped steer the paper’s coverage of the encryption fight between Apple and the FBI and wrote about how tech employees chasing the Silicon Valley dream are short-changed by executives and investors. She recently won a Pulitzer Prize and an Investigative Reporters & Editors medal as part of the Times team that covered sexual harassment in the workplace. Before joining the Times, Katie spent nearly a decade covering financial markets, private equity and hedge funds at Fortune magazine. Her work includes profiles of luminaries like Hank Paulson, Robert Shiller and Reid Hoffman, as well as features on the 2008 financial crisis and financial fraud investigations. #CAJBenner @ktbenner 

The schedule  

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day one: may 4

KEYNOTE | 8:15-10:00 a.m. Regency Room—The Toronto Star’s man in Washington, Daniel Dale, reflects on his exhaustive fact-checking of U.S. President Donald Trump during a tumultuous year south of the border. Catherine Porter, Canadian correspondent for the New York Times, leads the conversation. #CAJDale @ddale8 @porterthereport

Coffee break 10:00-10:15 a.m.

10:15-11:15 a.m. Regency Room—How to fund Canadian journalism: Creative disruption has meant new opportunities for independent journalism, on-demand information, and storytelling both transparent and responsive. But who pays for it, and how? Traditional revenue models have been upended, and our sense of what gets funded and how is transforming in-step with new models of reporting. Hear from those at the forefront of new journalism about why things are changing, how to sell your stories, and who should pay for the essential service of informing an electorate. With Erin Millar (The Discourse), Jesse Brown (Canadaland), Alice Klein (Now Magazine), Tom Henheffer (Consultant, former Vice)  #CAJfunding @erinmillar @JesseBrown @AliceKlein @Henheffer

10:15-11:15 a.m. Studio B—Victimizing Indigenous victims: headlines and ticker descriptions during Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier trials show media outlet still aren't getting it. Sheila North, a former CBC reporter turned grand chief in Manitoba, will delve into broader coverage of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Moderated by Kathleen Martens.  #CAJvictims @SheilaNorthMKO @katmarte

10:15-11:15 a.m. Studio CThe aperture of editorial: The talented team from the Toronto Star, led by Rene Johnston and Richard Lautens, guides you through the basic steps of shooting an editorial for a major daily. #CAJphoto @rlautens

10:15-11:15 a.m.  Studio E—The year in data journalism: An increasing number of journalists are using trends buried in databases to tell important stories that track everything from the inability of police to properly investigate sexual assaults to the mistreatment of our most vulnerable in institutions such as nursing homes. The data explained what happened. Shoe-leather reporting revealed the all-important why. The resulting stories demanded accountability. This session, led by award-winning journalist David McKie and CBC national data journalist, Valérie Ouellet, provides an inspiring retrospective of some of those stories.  #CAJdata @valerie_ouellet @mckiedavid

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Regency RoomFireside chat with Google News: Richard Gingras, Google’s VP of News, in conversation with David Skok, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Logic. They discuss the newly announced Google News Initiative, building sustainable business models for original journalism and the challenges of establishing trust in news in the digital age.  #CAJGoogle @dskok @richardgingras

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Studio BExposure to traumatic incidents and people who have experienced trauma is a given for most journalists. It’s vital to understand trauma and learn methods for reporting these stories with sensitivity and respect for the subjects, as well as have a greater awareness of the potential risks involved. This session is led by Ottawa Citizen reporter Matthew Pearson, the 2017 Michener-Deacon Fellow for Journalism Education.  #CAJtrauma @mpearson78 

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Studio CIntroduction to longform feature editing: Where do you start with someone else's draft? How do you identify the basic issues with a piece? How do you find and fix structural problems? How do you impose changes without losing a writer's voice? Carmine Starnino, deputy editor of the Walrus, leads this rigorous introduction to the craft of editing. This workshop is for writers hoping to move into editing and editors looking to hone their longform skills.  #CAJlongform @cstarnino

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Studio ETrump's impact on Canada revealed by data: The election of U.S. President Donald Trump has sent ripples — and sometimes earthquakes — throughout the world. Data analysis is a uniquely positioned tool to reveal these effects here in Canada. Terra Ciolfe of Maclean’s and Anna Mehler Paperny of Reuters talk about how data journalism allowed them to illuminate dramatic changes in migration and immigration, and how Canadian politicians were left scrambling to counteract Trump's threatened changes to trade agreements.  #CAJdata @terraciolfe @amp6

lunch break 12:20-1:20 p.m.

KEYNOTE | 1:20-2:25 p.m. Regency RoomAmy King, chief editor of Washington Post's The Lily, will talk about building a community where women can engage the news—and be empowered in the process. Introduced by Shelby Blackley from the Globe and Mail. #CAJKing @theamyking 

2:30-3:30 p.m. Regency RoomATIPs from A to Z: What does it take to publish investigative journalism using access to information and privacy requests? Join Renata D’Aliesio (Globe and Mail), Kimberly Ivany (CBC’s The Fifth Estate), Jesse McLean (Toronto Star) and moderator Zach Dubinsky (CBC News Investigative Unit) as they walk you through their most impactful stories and explain how they keep government officials and agencies accountable to the public. Leave the session with tips about ATIPs so you can incorporate their investigative techniques in your own work.  #CAJatip @RenataDAliesio @kaivany @jesse_mclean 

2:30-3:30 p.m. Studio BReporting on suicide: Despite a growing emphasis being placed on mental health reporting, many journalists are very uncertain about how to approach the subject of suicide. To provide some clarity, the Canadian Psychiatric Association has released an update to its widely read guide on how to handle the reporting of suicides. This session brings together different perspectives from clinical practitioners, educators and journalists on how to cover suicides responsibly. With Dr. Mark Sinyor, Gayle MacDonald (Globe and Mail) and Gavin Adamson (Ryerson).  #CAJ trauma @gemglobe @ga_adamson

2:30-3:30 p.m. Studio C—CPJ: A primer: The Committee to Protect Journalists may be based in New York City but its staffers work around the globe to denounce and document press freedom violations the world over. Kerry Paterson (a Canadian!) is here to tell us why you want to follow their social media channels and have their number in your smartphone.   #CAJCPJ 

2:30-3:30 p.m. Studio EDemystifying data journalism: Data journalism. The very term strikes fear in the minds of many journalists, visions of complex numbers keeping them awake at night. Sure, there are some numbers. But data journalism is mostly about new ways to find and tell important stories, and getting started doesn’t have to be hard. Valérie Ouellet, CBC national data journalist, and Fred Vallance-Jones of the University of King's College, show you why.  #CAJdata @valerie_ouellet @Fvjones

3:35-4:35 p.m. Regency RoomJournalists in trouble: More of us are being asked to risk intimidation, physical harm, and even arrest because of the work we do. Justin Brake (APTN), Jenni Monet (international freelancer) and Ben Makuch (Vice) have been there and will discuss their legal run-ins and what the impact has been. Moderated by Kathleen Martens (APTN). #CAJtrouble @JustinBrakeNews @jennimonet ‏ @BMakuch 

3:35-4:35 p.m. Studio B— How to succeed at freelancing: Whether you’re a beginner or mid-career journalist, hear tips from four of Canada’s veteran writers and editors: Steve Brearton, Elianna Lev, Nancy Carr and Diane Peters. Their work has graced the pages and websites of the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and Toronto Life, to name a few. Hear their perspectives about the business and how to cultivate great working relationships with editors in today’s evolving editorial/corporate market. Leave with the confidence to take your freelance career to the next level.  #CAJfreelance @noneandonly @NancyCarrComms @DianeEPeters

3:35-4:35 p.m. Studio CMojo 101: Gear, gak and Grrrrrr: This session is an introduction to the essential tools, best practices, frustrations and successes of a mobile journalist. Erin Collins (CBC) shows you how to use an iPhone and a backpack to file from the field for TV, radio and online.  #CAJMojo @albertareporter

3:35-4:35 p.m. Studio ECreating interactive story maps in minutes: With so many news sources available today, the competition for readers’ attention has become fiercer. How do you make sure your story stands out? Putting a catchy title, lively text, compelling photos, video or audio and an interactive map together into a story map could help you do that. Learn how to create several types of story maps in minutes – no coding skills required. This session is led by Bryan Ladds, associate GIS analyst, Esri Canada.  #CAJdata 

4:40-5:40 p.m. Regency RoomThe CAJ at 40: It’s been 40 years since the founding of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, which later became the CAJ. What did we learn? Where do we go from here? Join current and former board members and executive directors for a look back and look ahead. This discussion will be led by CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey #CAJ40 @TaylorVaisey

4:40-5:40 p.m. Studio BCovering Thunder Bay: In Thunder Bay, Ont., the deaths of several Indigenous students have gone unexplained for years, and recommendations produced by a coroner’s inquest have failed to produce any answers. Willow Fiddler of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, the Toronto Star’s Tanya Talaga and freelance journalist Ryan McMahon explain how reporters are getting answers, and why journalists should look beyond Thunder Bay to understand why Indigenous children are at risk. Karyn Pugliese (APTN) moderates.   #CAJTBay @WillowBlasizzo  @RMComedy @TanyaTalaga @KarynPugliese

4:40-5:40 p.m. Studio CThe 10 fundamentals of a YouTube channel for journalists and newsrooms: This session focuses on the fundamentals of creating a YouTube channel, building a subscriber base, finding content topics, and understanding how to deliver content your audience actually wants to watch — while keeping ethics and the fundamentals of journalism in mind. This session is led by Victoria (Vix) Reitano, an expert on all things digital marketing. For the past decade, she has managed the digital brands for on-air talent, Emmy-award winning journalists, United Nations committees and more.  #CAJYouTube @giornalista515

4:40-5:40 p.m. Studio EUnlocking hidden stories in your data: As a journalist, you have access to vast amounts of data. But, how do you get meaningful insights out of them? Learn how to integrate data from different sources, visualize data to find trends and patterns, and present your findings in an engaging, accessible way. This session is led by Bryan Ladds, associate GIS analyst, Esri Canada.   #CAJdata

7-10 p.m. Regency RoomCAJ40 bday bash! The Canadian Association of Journalists celebrates a milestone — its 40th birthday. Come celebrate with us as we fête the last four decades with plenty of friendship, food and festivities. A cash bar will be available as of 6:30 p.m. in the Regency foyer. This is an open event you won’t want to miss. Bring a friend!   #CAJ40  

DAY TWO: MAY 5

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8:30-9:30 a.m. Regency RoomFreeze Frame > Diversity and the future of photojournalism: Photojournalists are often the unsung heroes of a newspaper, snapping shots like the sailor and nurse in Times Square or the face-off during the Oka Crisis. But is there enough diversity behind the lens? Former Toronto Star photojournalist James Russell moderates a panel featuring Fred Lum, Veronica Henri and Jalani Morgan #CAJphoto @2manycameras @henri_veronica @jalanimorgan

8:30-9:30 a.m. Studio BThe new far-right movement thinks they can misrepresent themselves to journalists and get away with it. Are they right? Let's dissect the alt-light, anti-Muslim movement, and the antisemitic and openly racist alt-right and discuss how they benefit from lazy or overworked journalists, tamper with news stories, and target colleagues, particularly women, LGBTQ+, and people of colour, for harassment. We will discuss best practices for investigating these groups and representing them accurately. With Mack Lamoureux, Evan Balgord, Ishmael Daro, and Nora Loreto.  #CAJFarRight @MackLamoureux  @ebalgord @iD4RO @NoLore

8:30-9:30 a.m. Studio CThe science behind firearms training: This workshop explains how police are trained in the use of firearms, explores some of the myths involving firearms, discusses the physiology of stress and how that relates to firearms, and illustrates how those reactions could affect a person’s use of a gun in a high-stress situation. Dave Brown, a professional firearms trainer, leads the session. He is one of the few civilians respected as a police weapons expert and is recognized in court as an expert witness.  #CAJGuns 

8:30-9:30 a.m. Studio EExcel basics 1: In this hands-on session hosted by Fred Vallance-Jones of the University of King’s College, David McKie of CBC News and Patrick Cain of Global News, you’ll learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel for simple data analysis. Note: While these sessions can be attended separately, you will get the most out of them if you attend both. Participants will need a laptop with Excel installed (you can use OpenOffice, but the experience may not be as good)  #CAJdata @Cain @mckiedavid @Fvjones

9:35-10:35 a.m. Regency RoomCovering child welfare: It's a beat cloaked in secrecy, but these journalists have punched through the bureaucracy to deliver shocking, important and compelling stories. Paula Simons (Postmedia), Ken Jackson (APTN) and Kyle Edwards (Maclean's) tell us what it takes to make a difference here and why more of us should. Murray Oliver, broadcast journalism instructor, will moderate. #CAJchild  @Paulatics @afixedaddress @kylejeddie @journalist_guy

9:35-10:35 a.m. Studio BNews U: Coding. Coding. Data. Entrepreneurship. We hear a lot about specialization in journalism, particularly at a time when general reporter positions vanish as local newsrooms shrink or disappear. So how does general news reporting fit in? Do we teach students how to cover a news conference, for example, or train them to do specialized work or develop specific skills? Is there a right balance? Journalism educators Joe Banks, Gavin Adamson, Terra Tailleur and Danielle Harder lead the discussion. This session is also for media leaders and anyone who wants to help shape the future of journalism education in Canada.  #CAJjschool  @ga_adamson  @WordBanks  @DanielleHarder1 @tailleurt 

9:35-10:35 a.m. Studio C—MoJo 201: This is an advanced tutorial in mobile storytelling and delivery. For those who are familiar with the gear, or already operating in the space, this session offers a chance to discuss works in progress and editing. Led by Erin Collins of CBC.  #CAJMojo @albertareporter

9:35-10:35 a.m. Studio EExcel basics 2:  Continuation of Excel basics 1.   #CAJdata @Cain @mckiedavid @Fvjones

Coffee break 10:35-10:50 a.m.

10:50-11:50 p.m. Regency RoomWith an ever-changing industry, smaller newsrooms and the advent of sponsored copy, public trust is important, perhaps more than ever. Ethics are key to maintaining that trust, but where are the lines? What if you disagree with your editor or producer? This interactive session will look at some of the issues journalists are facing and discuss strategies on how best to deal with them. Led by Dale Bass and Karyn Pugliese #CAJethics @mdalebass @KarynPugliese

10:50-11:50 a.m. Studio BStructure in longform feature writing: So you've done your research, you have your characters and your scenes, what do you do next? How do you identify and choose the right structure for your piece? How can you adapt classic structures to your needs? How do you build and release tension through structure? What are some innovative structures you can try? Globe and Mail reporter Jana Pruden offers a roadmap to your personal longform roadmap.  #CAJlongform @jana_pruden

10:50-11:50 a.m. Studio CMaking the most of video: You have a major investigation underway, but how do you plan a video project for it? How do you know what will work best? How do you collaborate with your reporter colleagues? Globe and Mail video journalist Melissa Tait and senior video editor Patrick Dell walk us through a few of their projects and describe their process. They also take your questions on how to plan your own major multimedia-rich story.  #CAJvideo @meltait @patrickdell

10:50-11:50 a.m. Studio EThe best of open data: Federal, provincial and municipal government open data sites are supposed to promote transparency over secrecy. But do they? CBC journalists Rachel Ward and David McKie will show you that while far from perfect, open data sites can open doors for journalists. You can find original story ideas or valuable context when news breaks. We’ll demonstrate some of the best sites, how they can be mined and what stories have resulted. #CAJdata @wardrachel @mckiedavid 

lunch break 11:50 A.M.-12:50 p.m.

KEYNOTE | 12:50-1:55 p.m. Regency RoomJournalism, justice and #MeToo: Katie Benner, a justice reporter for The New York Times, talks about her coverage of sexual misconduct in Silicon Valley and how it forced the resignation of a major venture capitalist.  #CAJBenner @ktbenner 

2:00-3:00 p.m. Regency Room—The people who do the hiring at CTV News, CBC Radio, the Toronto Sun and Huffington Post Canada describe how they’re making their newsrooms as diverse as possible — and elaborate on the challenges they face along the way. With Lis Travers (CTV News), Seema Patel (CBC Radio), Adrienne Batra (Toronto Sun) and Andree Lau (HuffPost). Shree Paradkar (Toronto Star) moderates.  #CAJdiversity @CTVLis @seemapatelTO @AdrienneBatra  @ShreeParadkar @alau2 

2:00-3:00 p.m. Studio B—Journalists too often think all we need is a lot of research and a few pointed queries. But the politicians, businesspeople and PR flacks we interview are experts at jumping on the smallest opening we give them, the tiniest mistake in formulating a question. It’s not just about getting the facts out; it’s about how to dramatically rethink the way we approach interviews. Carolyn Jarvis, Global’s chief investigative correspondent, leads this session on how to master the basic rules of tough interviews.  #CAJinvu @CJarvisGlobal 

2:00-3:00 p.m. Studio CThe VJ: Shoot. Report. Kick Ass. Trina Roache, a journalist-of-all-trades at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, explains how to be a video journalist on a shoestring when there’s no other reporter or editor in sight. APTN’s Holly Moore moderates.   #CAJVJ @TrinaRoache @HollyMooreaptn 

2:00-3:00 p.m. Studio EJournalist Security: A Constitutional Crisis: Journalism, Orwell wrote, is publishing what someone else doesn't want published. All the rest is public relations. But mass surveillance and targeted hacking make it easy for spies, cops and gangsters to shut down reporting they don't like. Without the press to serve as the fourth estate, democracy withers and dies. How are we to defend ourselves? Our profession? Our political liberty? Security expert J.M. Porup leads this session.  #CAJsecurity @toholdaquill

3:05-4:05 p.m. Regency RoomOur Risky Business: Direct Trauma, Vicarious Trauma and Moral Injury: First there was PTSD, resulting from direct, life-threatening experience. Then came “second-hand” vicarious trauma. Now there’s the added concept of moral injury - damage done to a person's “moral compass”. As we get a better understanding of the psychological risks journalists face in their work, what’s the outlook for improving resilience and recovery? With Dr. Anthony Feinstein, Mary Ann Baynton and Michelle Shephard. Moderated by Cliff Lonsdale.   #CAJtrauma @shephardm @MaryAnnBaynton @lonsdalec

3:05-4:05 p.m. Studio BHow Canada covers the world: What are Canadians reading about international development in Canadian newspapers? Who's reporting in the field, which sources are most popular, and why? A study commissioned by Aga Khan Foundation Canada digs into the data. With Colette Brin, Rachel Pulfer, Rob Steiner, and Kathy Mueller.  #CAJglobal @kats_clicks @munkjournalism @Rachel_Pulfer  @ColetteB  

3:05-4:05 p.m. Studio C—Investigative reporter Rob Cribb leads this collective brainstorming on how to get around the roadblocks raised by civil servants charged with undermining public transparency and openness. Please bring stories of government intransigence and specific request language so we can share wisdom on best practices.  #CAJatip @thecribby

3:05-4:05 p.m. Studio ENot another PDF?! Unlocking imprisoned data: PDFs are the bane of data journalists; they may look like data but can’t be imported into spreadsheet or database programs. Attempts to save them as text result in a garbled mess, or nothing at all. Reena Cruz of #CAJ18 sponsor Investintech Inc. explores the benefits of the company’s online PDF data extraction platform Cometdocs.com and how journalists can use it to go smoothly from an unreadable PDF file to story-ready data. Monthly subscription accounts are available for free to all CAJ journalists as part of their membership. It is not mandatory to have one to attend the workshop and follow along with the demo.  #CAJdata @reenacruz1

4:10-5:10 p.m. Studio BSplitting $50 million: In its recent budget, the federal government pledged $50 million over the next five years to help support local journalism. But few details were included on how the money will flow to local news organizations. This session is an interactive discussion between journalists, publishers and policy experts to develop a plan that will maximize the impact of the federal funds. April Lindgren, from Ryerson University, will animate the discussion. Participants are encouraged to come with ideas.  #CAJ50 @aprilatryerson

4:10-5:10 p.m. Studio C— How to read a scientific study: Every day, journalists are bombarded by the release of new studies that purport some underpinning in “science.” How can journalists without a PhD in chemistry, biology or physics do a good job of critically examining a scientific study beyond its glossy abstract? This session offers practical advice on how to determine between “good” and “bad” science, deciphering the ins and outs of a scientific study, and how to avoid succumbing to common pitfalls. This session is led by CBC science and technology writer Emily Chung.   #CAJscience @mle_chung

4:10-5:10 p.m. Studio EA beginner’s guide to web scraping: Some data isn’t available in any kind of downloadable file. In this practical, hands-on session led by Fred Vallance-Jones of King’s College and Rachel Ward of CBC News in Calgary, you’ll learn how you can scrape data from websites without any coding. Participants in this session will need a laptop with the Google Chrome browser installed.  #CAJdata @wardrachel @Fvjones

5:30-6:30 p.m. FoyerPresident's reception: Join CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey for a mixer prior to the conference banquet and CAJ Awards gala. A cash bar will be available.   #CAJawards @TaylorVaisey

banquet and awards gala 

6:30-10:00 p.m. Regency RoomBanquet and Awards Gala: Join us as we celebrate the end of our annual conference and recognize the finalists and recipients of the 2017 CAJ Awards. Our gala host is Ginella Massa, reporter and the late-night anchor with CityNews Toronto. In 2015 she became Canada’s first hijab-wearing television news reporter, and made history again in 2016 as the first woman in hijab to ever anchor a major newscast in Canada. See the list of Awards finalists here.  #CAJawards @Ginella_M

The deadline to purchase gala tickets is Monday April 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. 

As always, the conference concludes with the CAJ Awards gala on Saturday night, where we toast the best work in Canadian journalism in 2017. (Check out the list of finalists here!) The deadline to purchase gala tickets is Monday April 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. 

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AGM 2018: On Sunday May 6, we will hold our annual general meeting to report to membership on the organization's activities and finances for the prior year.

TICKET PRICING

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$281.00 Full conference (includes awards dinner ticket) for active or associate CAJ members
$251.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$95.00 Full conference for student or unemployed CAJ members (does not include awards gala dinner ticket)
$75.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$460.00 Saturday single-day conference pass for non-members PLUS awards gala dinner ticket
$375.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$186.00 Saturday (or Friday) single-day conference pass for active or associate CAJ members PLUS awards gala dinner ticket
$166.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$186.00 Saturday (or Friday) single-day conference pass for active or associate CAJ members PLUS awards gala dinner ticket
$166.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$138.00 Saturday single-day conference pass for student or unemployed CAJ members PLUS awards gala dinner ticket
$118.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$126.00 Single-day (Friday or Saturday) conference pass for active or associate CAJ members (does not include awards gala dinner ticket)
$106.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$75.00 Single-day (Friday or Saturday) conference pass for student or unemployed CAJ members (does not include awards gala dinner ticket)
$50.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$600.00 Full conference for non-members (includes awards gala dinner ticket)
$500.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$410.00 Single-day (Friday or Saturday) conference pass for non-members (does not include awards gala dinner ticket)
$315.00 Earlybird rate before April 27

$69.00 Awards gala dinner ticket

workshops and panelS  

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For two days, delegates wil be immersed in workshops and panels led by fellow working journalists from across Canada and the United States.  

You'll build valuable skills and network with your peers. And we'll look fondly back at 40 years of leading professional development and passionate advocacy, and confidently ahead to whatever comes next for our industry.

There will be workshops on how to report responsibly on trauma, the alt-right and scientific studies, a panel for freelancers who want a push in the right direction, and workshops for VJs and photojournalists who want practical training.

This year, the data stream is back and better than ever. On top of our extensive lineup of data sessions, we're partnering with University of King's & Ryerson to provide a week of intensive data journalism training at Ryerson from May 7-11. CAJ'ers who sign up for both CAJ18 & the data school get 10% off both. More on that here.

Join us at the Hyatt Regency Toronto on May 4-6, 2018. Please note: The Hyatt has sold out for Saturday, May 5 and also may not have rooms left for Thursday, May 3 or Friday, May 4. Nearby hotels include the Marriott (5- min. walk), Hilton Garden Inn (1-min. walk),  Le Germain (3-min. walk). A bit farther away you will find the Hilton Doubletree (about 20-min. walk or two stops on the subway). 

Regular members: $251.00 (+HST)

Students and unemployed journalist members: $75.00 (+HST)

These early-bird rates go up on April 27th. 

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