Venue:Simard 129Address:60 University, Ottawa, ONCost:FreeAge Restriction:18+Comments: For the last few years, an ongoing debate exists in Canada and in Europe about theneed to require journalists to have a professional accreditation, to treat theircraft as a profession in the same way we treat a doctor or a lawyer. The importanceof the question increased with the most recent economic crisis where the quality ofjournalism was left in doubt. The subject has also been discussed at length by the Groupe de travail sur le journalisme et l’avenir de l’information au Québec. And,the debate is raised every time we ask a journalist to reveal his sources because weassume that if he were protected by a professional statute, he would not have to doit. Regardless of the situation, there are a number of questions that remain:
•Who is fundamentally a journalist?
•What are the parameters that can be employed to circumscribe the so-calledprofession?
•What would be the impact of having an organization that would regulate theprofession in a formal way?
•What would be the effect of the professionalization on the news offering?
•How will the professionalization assist journalists in the practice of their craft? With these questions, we indulge once again in a debate with:
•Marc-François Bernier – Associate professor and Research Chair in communication ofthe Canadian Francophonie, specializing in journalism ethics
•Anaïs Elboujdaïni – Editor in chief of La Rotonde
•Tonda MacCharles – Journalist for the Toronto Star
•Klaus Pohle – Associate professor at Carleton UniversityWhen? : January 11th 2012 at 1 p.m.Where ?: University of Ottawa, Simard building, room 129For more information, please contact [email protected]Free admission, come one come all!
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