Canadian Media Innovation Workshop
Friday, 4 November 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join industry leaders and innovators to reflect on the transforming landscape of Canadian journalism and discuss solutions for how new platforms and practices can thrive in a digital world.
Be sure to RSVP in order to secure a spot at the event. Please note the change in venue for the daytime events.
Canada’s Journalism Innovation Deficit: Draft Agenda
The workshop will consist of four panels, a lunch discussion and a public evening panel, which will be recorded as an episode of the Canadaland podcast.
Panelists include: Sue Gardner (Wikimedia Foundation), Jesse Brown (Canadaland), Andrew Potter (McGill University), Ali Rahnema (former COO, Digital, Star Media Group), Nikki Usher (George Washington University), Stephen Maher (iPolitics.ca, 2016 Nieman Fellow), Ed Greenspon (President, the Public Policy Forum), Alfred Hermida (Director, UBC Graduate School of Journalism) Dave Beers (co-founder, The Tyee), Peter Klein (Global Reporting Centre), Candis Callison, (Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism), Jeff Anders (The Mark News), Erin Millar (Discourse Media), Mike Ananny (Professor, USC), Michelle Hoar (co-founder, The Tyee), Fenwick McKelvey (Concordia University), Elizabeth Dubois (University of Ottawa), Mary Lynn Young (Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism).
Panel 1: Funding and Scaling Challenges
This panel will discuss the potential for market innovation in the Canadian new media landscape. What are the challenges of scaling Canadian journalism startups? What financial models have worked in Canada? What is the role for non-profit journalism in Canada? Is it possible to grow the revenue needed for journalistic scale?
Panel 2: Innovation in Form
This session will explore how Canadian digitally-native organizations are doing journalism differently. Does being digitally-native lead to a new approach to journalistic form? How does a new ecosystem of digitally native publishers view their civic function?
Lunch Discussion: Platforms as Partners?
Platforms are the new intermediaries of public space. As such, organizations such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and Snapchat are both essential tools for journalists seeking to reach and engage with their audience, but are also competitors with significant control over the distribution increasingly the creation of journalistic content. This session will explore how digital start-ups can constructively engage with platforms.
Panel 3: Partner or Competitor?
This panel will explore whether and how legacy journalism organizations and digital-startups can work together. Should we view the Canadian media space as zero-sum, or are there comparative advantages of differing scales and niches that can allow for a diverse ecosystem?
Panel 4: New Media Policy
The mandate of the Media Math project is to advise the federal government on how and whether they should engage in the Canadian media space. This panel will discuss how public policy could create a more supportive ecosystem for startups. What, if any, public policy ideas could help the nascent digital journalism space in Canada? What existing public policies are constricting the growth of this space? What potential federal policies would be detrimental to this space?
Evening Panel: Canadian Journalism and the CBC
To cap off the event, we will be hosting a discussion about the CBC and its role in the future of Canadian digital journalism. This event will be open to the public.
Note: The evening session will be held at: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre 515 West Hastings St. (Fletcher Challenge Theatre). Doors open at 6:45 p.m., event begins at 7:30 p.m.
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Taylor Owen (UBC School of Journalism) and Ed Greenspon (Public Policy Forum)
This event is a part of the Public Policy Forum’s Media Math Project. The project is led by Ed Greenspon and Taylor Owen is a research principal.