Toronto Journalism Events


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When I moved to Toronto six years ago, I was surprised by all the journalism events in the city. It seemed like something was always going on!

Yet, many of my fellow journalists didn’t know what I was talking about. “How do you hear about all these things?” I kept getting asked. At the time, my answer was, “Um… I spend too much time on the Internet?”

So others wouldn’t miss out, I compiled the first draft of this directory of journalism events in Toronto. Since then, I’ve heard about more events through word of mouth, and the list has grown.

  • Anything still missing? Let me know @lisareports.
  • Asterisk* means group was inactive at last check

DISCUSSIONS
Canadian Journalism Foundation
Samara Journalism Seminars* (public affairs journalism)

DIGITAL
Online News Association
Hacks/Hackers (journalists/developers)
Third Tuesday (digital communications professionals)
Digi Awards
Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Innovate News*

TV & RADIO
RTDNA – The Association of Electronic Journalists (formerly called RTNDA)
North American Broadcasters Association
Canadian Telecom Summit
Canadian Screen Awards (replaced the Gemini and Genie awards)

MAGAZINES
Magazines Canada (MagNet conference)
Canadian Society of Magazine Editors

NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers Canada (Ink+Beyond conference)
News Photographers Association of Canada

UNIVERSITY
Ryerson Journalism (annual Atkinson lecture)
Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association
Ryerson Review of Journalism (issue launch parties)
Ryerson Digital Media Zone (incubator)
Ryerson Transmedia Zone (incubator)
Massey College Press Club Night (U of T journalism fellows)
Emerge, hosted by the University of Guelph-Humber
Media Management Executive Education Program* (Rotman course)

YOUNG JOURNALISTS
Shold Media Group (young journalists networking)
The Media Huddle* (skills development company)
Ed2010 Toronto* (young journalists in magazines)

WOMEN
Canadian Women in Communications
Women in Film & Television
Broadsheet

DIVERSITY
Canadian Association of Black Journalists
South Asian Journalists’ Association

ACTIVISM
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Journalists for Human Rights

BEAT REPORTING
Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW)

SOCIAL EVENTS
Bad Press (formerly Journalism Thursdays)
Press Pass (at The Press Club bar)
Newzapalooza (journalist bands play for charity)
The Media Party

GENERAL MEDIA
Canadian Association of Journalists
Professional Writers Association of Canada
MediaBistro*

UNION
Communication Workers of America (Canada)
Canadian Media Guild
CMG Freelance

PUBLIC RELATIONS
CNW’s Breakfast with the Media

ANNUAL EVENTS
Meshmarketing
The Producers Ball (during TIFF)
Canadian News Hall of Fame
Social Media Week
Future of Media*
Twestival*

AUTHORS, ETC.
Toronto Public Library Appel Salon
Ramsay Talks

For event details, I recommend following the groups above (via Twitter/Facebook/newsletters) and checking the J-Source calendar.

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