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This year, The Link helped coordinate Student Journalism Week, which kicks off Saturday Feb. 13 and runs through Feb. 20. J-Week is organized annually by The Daily Publication Society—i.e. The McGill Daily and Le Délit.
See info below:
Join The McGill Daily, Le Délit, and The Link for a jam-packed week of free events on journalism and media! This annual series, for the first time spread across two different universities, will cover topics from race and media to investigative reporting to making a career in an increasingly competitive industry. Whether you’re new to reporting or you’re a seasoned journalist, this is your chance to meet professional journalists and delve into engaging discussions about media.
Visit The McGill Daily’s website for more.
Saturday February 13: Conférence hivernale de la Presse étudiante francophone, 12:30-6:30 p.m. (Inscription 5$) Location Gert’s (Shatner), Admission $5
French presentations by Fabien Deglise (Le Devoir), Judith Lachapelle (La Presse), and Rolan-Yves Carignan (Libération, The Gazette) followed by a panel discussion for members of the student press.
Le journal francophone de l’Université McGill, Le Délit, est ravi de vous convier à la conférence hivernale de la Presse étudiante francophone (PrÉF), qui aura pour thème “les mutations du journalisme”.
Monday February 15: Race and the media: a workshop with Kim Milan, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location QPIRG Concordia (1500 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. suite 204)
Led by award-winning and internationally acclaimed artist, educator, and writer Kim Milan, this workshop will delve into the issues at the intersections of race and the media, as well as opening up a discussion on strategies for journalists and writers to dismantle racism in the media.
Please note that registration is required for the event, and that attendance is capped at 40 because of space constraints.
Bio: A daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living between Toronto & New York. Kim Katrin Milan is an award winning internationally acclaimed artist, educator and writer. Kim is the co founder and the Executive Director of The People Project, 8 years in the making; a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, art activism and collaboration. A public researcher and human rights educator, she shares over 80 unique resources and presentations as well as delivered hundreds of workshops around race, gender, power, privilege, consent, creation, food and entrepreneurship. Kim also engages in community based healing initiatives including teaching Queer and Brown Girls Yoga.
Tuesday February 16: Environmental Journalism, 12:00 p.m. Location TBA
Environmental journalism is a quick-growing field that blends many facets of journalistic practice, from investigative coverage to science reporting to politics. Join the DPS and The Link we speak with some of Montreal’s top environmental journalists as they discuss what it takes to report on the environment in a time of climate change and the increasing importance of science communication. Panelists TBA
Wednesday February 17: Feminist Journalism Practices, 6-8 p.m. Location Arts W20
How can writers and journalists integrate intersectional feminist practices into journalism and the media? Join us for a critical discussion of the emergence of popular, ‘feminist’-oriented media platforms, as well as the possibilities for what feminist journalism could look like.
Featuring Hepzibeth Lee, Kai Cheng, and Studio XX.
Thursday February 18: Investigative Journalism, 6:30-8:30 p.m. South Side Cafeteria (Shatner Building)
If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes to do investigative reporting, this workshop is for you. Whether you’re digging up dirt on political corruption, or interested in how to better navigate hidden information, this panel will discuss everything there is to know about investigative journalism.
Featuring Henry Aubin, Linda Gyulai, Marie-Maude Denis, and Vincent Larouche.
Friday February 19: Arts Criticism, 6 p.m. Club Lounge (University Centre)
If arts criticism catches your eye, come to this panel to hear experienced critics from leading Montreal newspapers, magazines, and online media platforms discuss working in the field.
Featuring T’cha Dunlevy, Daniel Viola, Lorraine Carpenter, and Crystal Chan.
Saturday February 20: Making a Career out of Journalism, 4 p.m. CSU Lounge (1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., 7th floor) *Accessible
The path becoming a professional journalist has drastically changed in the past few years. Whether you’re a blogger, freelancer, or student editor, this panel will discuss how to navigate this changing industry, and how to turn your writing skills and experience into a career.
Featuring Kate McKenna, Eric Andrew-Gee, Adam Kovac and Justin Ling.
See you there!
Over the winter break and then some, The Link was busy putting together an online only special issue on Media and Democracy.
The issue delves into issues like police surveillance, j-school funding, and the importance of access to information.
You can read all the articles in the Special Issue section found in the menu, or see it in microsite glory at thelinknewspaper.com/mediademocracy2016
Since the beginning of the semester our venerable team of creative editors has produced weekly promotion videos to encourage students to join The Link.
Dubbed Reasons to Join, the short videos are a testament to the laid-back atmosphere that pervades in room H-649.
Spearheaded by former Editor-in-Chief Brandon Johnston, our Reasons to Join have caused a laugh riot of epic proportions on campus.
Here they are in all of their glory:
Whether or not you need more reasons to join or at least visit The Link, stay tuned for more videos from our creative staff.
The Gazette reporters and former The Link editors Chris Curtis and Jesse Feith hosted a feature writing workshop last week.
A dozen student journalists showed up at The Link office to get tips from the two established and well-respected journos.
Before they started though, Chris Curtis had a special message to all student journalists at Concordia.
Jesse Feith talked about the award-winning feature he wrote two years after the tragedy at Lac-Megantic. He visited several U.S. towns affected by the railway.
And Curtis talked about the special relationship he has forged with the First Nations people of Kahnawake.
The Link hosts workshops Fridays at 4 p.m.
Videos by Shaun Michaud
As a part of our recruitment campaign, our paper is proud to present you its ongoing Reason To Join The Link series. Every week, we post videos detailing the many advantages of working at a student newspaper.
Video by Brandon Johnston