TORONTO Sept. 21, Centennial College, Story Arts Centre
CALGARY Sept. 27, Mount Royal University
VANCOUVER Sept. 28, Simon Fraser University
New Canadian Media is proud to present a new series of workshops for immigrant journalists on factchecking and “fake news” in the run-up to the October federal election.
Our journalism experts can help you:
Fact-check claims and analyze the credibility of online news sources
Pitch story ideas to news organizations
Use social media as an effective source of gathering and reporting news in your community
- Emphasize your role as a storyteller through a review of relevant ethical codes and standards that apply to journalists in Canada.
Meet Our Instructors:
Leading our lineup of instructors is Louis Baudoin-Laarman, a journalist with Agence France-Presse (a news agency that is part of the Poynter-affiliated International Fact-Checking Network). He investigates fake news reported by Canadian Facebook users and previously fact-checked for The New York Times. Check out his fake news blog.
Baudoin-Laarman will present on spotting and combating disinformation in a journalistic environment.
Prof. Ahmed Al-Rawi is an Iraq-born expert on fake news who teaches at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University. He began his media career in 2002 by serving as communications officer and later a spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iraq. He also worked as a freelance radio correspondent for U.S.-based radio stations and briefly as an editor for CNN Arabic bureau in Dubai.
Al-Rawi will present on diaspora communities and news manipulation with a special reference to the 2019 general election in Canada by examining the issue of Twitter bots and two case studies.
Brent Jolly is the director of communications, research, and community management with the National NewsMedia Council of Canada (NNC). He is a co-author of the recently-released study ‘Good News, Bad News, a snapshot of conditions at small market newspapers in Canada’, in partnership with Ryerson University’s Local News Research Project.
Jolly serves as the national vice president with the Canadian Association of Journalists; is Canada’s press freedom liaison to the international chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; and is a media, law, and policy fellow at the University of Oxford.
Jolly’s interactive session will provide delegates with an overview of relevant ethical codes and then put you in the ‘driver’s seat’ to test your ethical gravitas.
Salinas will discuss the challenges specific to working in multiple languages with diaspora groups and international teams.
Jagdeesh Mann is a Jack Webster Award-winning journalist and media professional based in Vancouver. For a decade, he was the Executive Editor of the Asian Pacific Post and South Asian Post – independent weeklies serving Vancouver’s multicultural communities.
Now a freelancer, Mann writes for a number of Canadian news outlets: The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Georgia Straight, Vancouver Sun, and others. He is also the director of Sunflower Media, a digital media boutique that specialises in multicultural marketing, and a member of the NCM Collective.
Mann teams up for an interactive workshop that provides guidance on how to help audiences distinguish between fact, opinion, and deliberately fake news.
Amira Elghawaby is an award-winning journalist and human rights advocate. Along with frequent appearances on Canadian and international news networks, she has written and produced stories and commentary for CBC Radio, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, the Literary Review of Canada, and The Globe and Mail.
Elghawaby also led the creation of New Canadian Media’s Ethnic Media and Diversity Style Guide. She is currently involved with several initiatives to promote civic engagement in diverse communities, as a founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, the Silk Road Institute and as an advisor to the Muslim Youth Fellowship in Toronto.
The registration fee for this workshop includes a one-year complimentary membership with the NCM Collective and also entitles you to membership privileges with the Canadian Association of Journalists.
All participants for the ‘Fake vs. Fact’ workshop are strongly encouraged to submit a story pitch (max 200 words) that addresses an issue you believe to be pertinent to your immigrant/ethnic community in the lead up to the 2019 federal election.
Participants whose pitches are selected for publication by New Canadian Media will be reimbursed the full cost of the workshop and will receive tailored one-on-one guidance by one of the presenters at our workshop.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Digital Citizen Initiative, and offered in partnership with the National NewsMedia Council. Our Toronto workshop is being co-hosted by Centennial College.
To submit your STORY PITCH, please email email@example.com
This event series has been co-ordinated through partnership with Konvo Media Inc.