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Journalism(s): A Plural Discipline

The 2019 Journalism and Media Conference brings journalists, photographers, and other media professionals to McGill for three nights of lectures, panels, and interactive workshops.

Hosted by the Tribune Publication Society, this fifth annual edition offers interested students the opportunity to learn about the industry and its future, meet and network with professionals, and engage in conversations about journalism and media.

This year, our theme aims to explore the diversification of the journalistic practice and what its consequences are on the future of the industry. Our guests hail from every corner of the media landscape to provide students with an overview of their roles within the plural world of journalism(s).

Entrance to this event is FREE, and food and refreshments will be provided.

Full Schedule

Date Time Panel name/theme Speaker
Tuesday, 19 Feb 4:30-5:30pm Sports Reporting Pat Hickey, Sonali Karnick, Jessica Rusnack
5:30-6:30pm Film and TV Production Philippe Bossé, Bianca Iermieri
6:30-7:30pm Creative Agencies Xavier Blais, Marie Eve Best, Dominique Bulmer, Isabelle Allard, Simon Chénier-Gauvreau
7:30-8:30pm How to Get Work in Journalism Emily Campbell, Jacob Serebrin
Wednesday, 20 Feb 4:30-5:30pm Science Communication and Journalism Joe Schwarcz
4:30-5:30pm Keynote with the CEO of the Globe & Mail Philip Crawley
5:30-6:30pm Digital Media and Democracy Andrew Potter, Johnathan Montpetit
6:30-7:30pm Reporting on Politics Patrick White, Sean Henry, Sudha Krishan
7:30-8:30pm Fireside Chat: Balancing Content and Revenue Mina Seetharaman and Andrew Potter
8:30-9:30pm Networking mixer All are welcome
Thursday, 21 Feb 4:30-5:30pm Business Journalism Alan Freeman, Nicholas Van Praet, and Karl Moore
5:30-6:30pm How a True Crime Story Became a Book Dan Bilefsky
6:30-7:30pm Satire Writing Emma Overton
7:30-8:30pm Video Reporting Michelle Gagnon

Our Guests

Philip Crawley

Phillip Crawley is the CEO and Publisher of The Globe and Mail, where he oversees the National newspaper's strategy and operations. Prior to his work at The Globe and Mail, Crawley held various senior executive positions at leading media companies internationally, including in Europe, Asia, and New Zealand. He served as Managing Director of The New Zealand Herald, C.E.O. Designate at Wilson & Horton, Managing Director of The Times Supplements and Northern Editor of The Daily Telegraph, in London, as well as Editor-in-Chief of The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and Editorial Director of Asia Magazine.

Isabelle Allard

An Art Director for more than a decade, Isabelle has a particular passion for brand building and brand identities. Infusing soul, character and timelessness to national and international brands in complex markets is one of her greatest assets. A multi-award-winning designer (Cannes, ADC and Type Directors Club) her talents have been put to the test for clients like: The North Face, National Bank of Canada and Théâtre Espace Go, to name a few.

Emily Campbell

A Concordia University alumna, Emily Campbell is a CityNews journalist in Montreal. Prior to her position at CityNews, Emily served as breaking news reporter and evening news anchor at CJAD 800 News. Her work has appeared on CHOM 97.7, Newstalk 1010, CNN Atlanta, CTV Vancouver, and the Montreal Gazette, and her latest audio documentary about Bikers Against Child Abuse was shortlisted for an RTNDA Long Feature Dave Rogers Award.

Adam Kovac

An alumnus of the Concordia Link newspaper, Adam Kovac is currently a web reporter for CTV News Montreal. Prior to his joining CTV in 2015, Adam served at The Montreal Gazette, as a producer at CJAD, and at the QMI wire service's Montreal office. One of his most compelling assignments has included coverage of the verdict on the Luke Magnotta murder trial and its aftermath. Kovac's previous life as a musician in numerous Montreal rock bands prepared him well for his work as a freelance music critic, and his writing has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, The AV Club, Maisonneuve, Canadian Musician, and The Toronto Star.

Pat Hickey

Pat Hickey has been a sports columnist at The Gazette for the past two decades. He began his career at the Montreal Star in 1965 and served as the sports editor of the Montreal Star, the Vancouver Sun and the Gazette. He also worked at the Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun and Toronto Star where he had a taste of the real world as the deputy national editor before deciding he suffered withdrawal symptoms from sports. A native of New York, he attended St. Mary's University and graduated from Sir George Williams University with a degree in Chinese and American history. He has an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario. He is in the Concordia University Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1974 Sir George Williams basketball team.

Our Guests

Philippe Bossé

After his studies in Photography at Ryerson University in 1989 ( B.A.A.), Philippe Bossé was trained as a photojournalist, freelancing for The Canadian Press and Journal La Presse. At the same time he was often asked to join Film crews as set photographer. So far he has accumulated 30 years of experience on 140 Productions in the Film and Television Production Industry. Based in Montreal, he is a member of both IATSE and AQTIS Unions.

Bianca Iermieri

Bianca Iermieri graduated from Concordia University in 2016 with a degree in Communications Studies, focusing in Video Production and minoring in Film Studies. Since then, she's found her niche in Social Media, acting as the Social Media Producer on productions shot in Montreal for the Disney owned network, Freeform, including all three seasons of The Bold Type. She also works as a Social Media Consultant to a co-owned family business. When she isn't working closely with talent and production companies, she thoroughly enjoys watching films, drinking great wine, and travelling around the world. Catch her work on the @TheBoldTypeTV social pages!

Michelle Gagnon

Michelle Gagnon is a news and documentary producer with the CBC. She has covered domestic and international affairs since 2002, making short and long docs about anything from Pope John Paul II to Jean Chrétien, the 2008 economic meltdown and the global migration crisis. She has covered breaking news in the Middle East, Europe and Quebec. Her most recent assignments have been about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and new cities in the global south. Her first stabs at journalism were made many moons ago at the McGill Daily.

Dominique Bulmer

Dominique is the Executive co-Creative Director at Bleublancrouge Montreal where he oversees creative teams while also remaining an active copywriter, which allows him to pursue his creative passion while assuming a leadership role. Before Bleublancrouge, Dominique was junior copywriter at Draft FCB, where he quickly proved himself through his work on brands like Air Canada, Fido and Molson. Over the next 10 years, his professional journey took him from PALM-Havas to Ogilvy to Publicis where he perfected his craft as a writer and creative leader on national accounts including CN, Astral-Bell, Health Canada, BMW, Canada Bread and others.

Marie Eve Best

Marie-Eve Best is the Executive co-Creative Director at Bleublancrouge Montreal where she oversees creative national accounts, namely Sephora Canada. She has been working in marketing, design and publishing for 15 years. In 2008, while working for digital agency CloudRaker, she launched, a lifestyle blog that earned her an international fan base and established her as a stylist and design expert. She then became web editor at Canada's illustrious House & Home design brand, where she helped launch Maison & Demeure magazine. In 2012, she started her own interior design firm, Marie-Eve Best Interiors. Two years later, Marie-Eve became the creative director for digital marketing and business solutions consultancy U92, where she spearheaded creative digital strategies for brands like Unibroue, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Reitmans Canada.

Our Guests

Joe Schwarcz

Joseph A. Schwarcz is an author and professor at McGill University. He is the director of McGill's Office for Science and Society, which is dedicated to demystifying science for the public. He hosts a weekly radio show and is known, via his science popularization efforts as Dr. Joe. Schwarcz began his media career in 1980 at Radio CJAD with his own weekly radio show (The Dr. Joe Show), which also ran on Toronto's CFRB for about two years. Schwarcz has appeared hundreds of times on Canadian television and radio, including his single-season show about common foods called Science to Go on the Canadian Discovery Channel. He wrote a weekly column for the Montreal Gazette called The Right Chemistry and a monthly column in the Canadian Chemical News.

Sean Henry

Award-winning journalist Sean Henry anchors CBC News Montreal weekend editions. He is also a regular news journalist, radio newsreader and assignment producer. Sean joined the Montreal newsroom in August 2012 after seven years at CBC Windsor. While in Windsor, Sean regularly anchored for both CBC-TV and Radio, worked as a court reporter and video-journalist. In 2011, Sean won the Dave Rogers Award for Long Feature in a Medium Market for his series on a social worker/plain-clothes police officer team that helps the city's mentally ill. Prior to moving to Windsor, Sean reported from the Quebec City courthouse and the National Assembly for Global Quebec. He also worked at 940 News in Montreal, Youth News Network, The West Island Chronicle and Doctors Review Magazine.

Sudha Krishnan

Sudha Krishnan is a journalist for CBC Montreal. She is a general assignment reporter and also reads radio newscasts and fills in as an anchor for the weekend and late night news. Her more than 20-year-career has taken her across the country to find the Canadian story. She has covered politics in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the energy industry in the oil patch and she recently covered the Quebec provincial election, the Quebec City Mosque shooting case and the spring floods of 2017. She spent years as a diversity reporter winning the Canadian Ethnic Media Award for her piece on mental illness in the South Asian Community. She won a Canadian Medical Association award in Health Reporting about Diabetes in the South Asian Community.

Karl Moore

Dr. Karl Moore teaches graduate courses in globalization and leadership in McGill's Faculty of Management. He has taught extensively in executive education and MBA programs with leading universities including: Oxford, Cambridge, Cornell, and Duke. Dr. Moore's publications include 29 refereed journal articles, 10 books or edited volumes, 14 chapters in books, 31 executive articles and dozens of conferences papers. From 2007-2016, Karl hosted a weekly videocast for the Globe and Mail, where he interviewed CEOs and leading business professors from the top universities in the world. In 2011 he started a weekly blog, Rethinking Leadership, for Forbes. He has also worked as a consultant to firms such as Air Canada, Shell, Volvo and Pfizer and spent 12 years in sales and management positions with companies such as IBM and Hitachi.

Alan Freeman

Following a three year period as Public Servant in Residence at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Alan Freeman became Senior Fellow in 2014. He came to the Graduate School from Canada's Department of Finance, where he served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Consultations and Communications. Alan joined the Public Service in 2008 after a distinguished career in journalism as a parliamentary reporter and business journalist for The Canadian Press, The Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail. At The Globe, he spent more than 10 years as a foreign correspondent based in Berlin, London and Washington. Alan is a graduate of McGill University and Columbia University, where he received a Master's degree in Journalism.

Our Guests

Andrew Potter

Andrew Potter is an assistant professor at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He is the former editor in chief of the Ottawa Citizen and public affairs columnist for Maclean's magazine and is the author of The Authenticity Hoax (2010) and, with Joseph Heath, The Rebel Sell (2004).

Patrick White

Patrick White is an independent journalist in Quebec. He founded HuffPost Quebec in 2011 and launched the Reuters news service in Canada in French back in 1996. He has worked for the CTV National News in Quebec City (1990-1997); Reuters (1997-2004); The Canadian Press (2004-2006), Le Journal de Québec (2006-2009) and Canoe,ca (2009-2011). He is a radio and TV columnist and has written a book called The CNN Village at the University of Montreal Press.

Taylor Owen

Taylor Owen is currently an Associate Professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill and the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics, and Communications. Previously, he has held several research positions, including Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and at Yale University, The London School of Economics, and The International Peace Research Institute. Owen's Doctorate is from the University of Oxford and he has been recognized as a Trudeau and Banting scholar, among many other distinctions. He is the founder of the international affairs media platform, and is the author of several books in the same field. His most recent publication detailing Silicon Valley, journalism, and democracy will be published by the Yale University Press early this year.

Emma Overton

Emma Overton is a Senior Editor for satirical news website The Beaverton and an award-nominated TV writer (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Beaverton). She has worked on stand-up specials at the Just For Laughs Festival, VICELAND's Fubar: Age of Computer and contributed to the best-selling "CANADALAND's Guide to Canada". She co-hosts a weekly celebrity gossip podcast called "The Hot Goss Podgosst" on radio and is a member of the sketch troupe "Emma Overton's Nasty Boys". She has given talks and workshops on satire at the University of Toronto, McGill, Concordia, and student journalism conference NASH.

Sonali Karnick

Sonali Karnick is the host of the CBC-TV program Our Montreal and is more commonly known to her Quebec audience as the host of All in a Weekend on CBC Radio One. Most recently Karnick journeyed to Brazil to cover the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as part of CBC's broadcast team, but has filled various positions at the station since joining in 2000. She became the sports reporter on Daybreak in 2005, building a strong repertoire of sports reporting including coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs, 2011 Women's Soccer World Cup, and 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games.

Our Guests

Simon Chénier-Gauvreau

After graduating from UQÀM's School of Design in 2009, Simon Chénier-Gauvreau worked as a freelance Art Director for companies like GSM Project and Paprika. He also opened the design studio Beau (now Maison W). Then in 2013, he decided to join Sid Lee as an Art Director, where he had the chance to develop brands for the Art Directors Club, Stingray Digital and The North Face, amongst others. He is now the Creative Director of Montreal's branding and design department. Also known as a classic car enthusiast, avid acoustic guitar player and proud dad of two cats, Simon is a hard worker who believes that perseverance equals success.

Xavier Blais

Xavier is a founding member of Rethink's Montreal operation. He started out in the business writing tweets for a chicken brand. Fast-forward nine years, his work for major brands and causes has been recognized in local and international award shows, exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, studied in college classes and featured in Esquire, The New York Times and his mom's laptop desktop background.

Tasha Kherieddin

A McGill alumna, Tasha Kherieddin is currently the host for Global News Radio 640 Toronto. Prior to her position at Global, Tasha appeared on, hosted, and produced various radio and TV programs across the country, for which she has earned the Justicia Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Canadian Bar Association in 2003, Toastmasters' Communicator of the Year Award in 2004, and the Economic Education Prize from the Montreal Economic Institute in 2012. In 2017, the WXN Network named Kherieddin one of Canada's top 100 Most Powerful Women. In addition to her career in media, Tasha also served as Legislative Assistant to the Attorney General of Ontario, the Ontario Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Association, Vice-President of the Montreal Academic Institute, and as a lecturer on conservative politics at McGill.

Mina Seetharaman

Mina joined the Economist Group almost five years ago, as the global director of content strategy. She has since founded their creative strategy group and is now head of The Economist Group's New York office, in addition to running the global thought leadership and marketing solutions business. Prior to joining The Economist Group, Mina spent nine years at Ogilvy New York in a variety of roles, including co-founding the Advanced Video and Content Marketing Practices. Her clients have included American Express, Kraft, SAP, UPS, Philips, Time Warner Cable, Dove, Barclays, Microsoft, Citigroup, HSBC and GE. Mina holds a BA in German and Russian from McGill University and an MA in Journalism from NYU.

Dan Bilefsky

Dan Bilefsky is a Canadian correspondent for The New York Times, based in Montreal. He returned to Canada in 2017 after 28 years abroad, reporting from, among other places, Paris, Brussels, New York, Istanbul, London and Prague. During his most recent post, in London, he wrote about terrorism, the rise of the far right and the European refugee crisis. Among his most memorable stories was one about an audacious heist by a group of men in their 60s and 70s, dubbed "The Bad Grandpas," who stole about $22 million in gems, diamonds and cash from a safe deposit in London's diamond district in April 2015. His story was optioned by Hollywood and became the basis for his upcoming book, "The Last Job," which will be published by Norton on April 28, 2019. A native of Montreal, Mr. Bilefsky studied history and literature at the University of Pennsylvania and received a master's degree in European politics and society at Oxford. He started his journalism career at The Financial Times before joining The Wall Street Journal in Brussels, where he covered politics, terrorism and the European beer industry.

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