The School of Journalism and Communication presents
Taking sides: Journalists, sources and crossing the line
Featuring Carol Off, Host of CBC Radio One’s As It Happens
Long known for powerful reporting that peels back the layers of global events and issues, Carol Off now turns her gaze to the profession of journalism itself.
In the journalist’s quest to balance her obligations as a human being with her obligations to bear witness, what is the line that must not be crossed in the interest of impartiality? When does it get crossed? When MUST it be crossed?
Join Carol Off, award-winning correspondent, writer and host, as she delivers the 19th Annual Kesterton Lecture.
This latest in the Journalism program’s signature lecture series will be moderated by veteran journalist Joyce Napier, Ottawa Bureau chief for CTV National News.
About Carol Off
With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Carol Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has covered Canadian military missions around the world including its latest combat operation in Kandahar.
Off has won numerous awards for television and radio work, among them: a Gemini; two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television; a selected screening at the Monte Carlo Television Festival; several awards and citations from the Columbia Television awards; a Gabriel award; a B’nai Brith Award and number of awards and citation from the National Radio and Television Association.
Her fourth and latest book All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others won the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction and the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Previous books include The Lion, The Fox and The Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Rwanda and Yugoslavia; The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada’s Secret War; Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet.
About Joyce Napier
The Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press, La Presse, CBC – Joyce Napier worked for a number of news organizations in Montréal before joining Radio-Canada in 1992. She was named Radio-Canada’s Middle East Correspondent in 1998. While in the Middle East, Napier covered the second Intifada, the Israeli pullout from south Lebanon, and the death of Syrian President Hafez Al Assad.
In 2003, she moved to the U.S. and was subsequently named Washington Bureau Chief for Radio-Canada, a position she held until 2014. She covered the U.S. Military base in Guantanamo Bay, the consequences of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the Newtown massacre. In 2008, Napier stood across from the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park, reporting live as Barack Obama accepted the presidency of the U.S., a highlight during her post.
In August 2015 she returned to Canada after 17 years abroad. She served as Radio-Canada’s Senior Political Correspondent in the parliamentary bureau before joining CTV National News as the Ottawa Bureau Chief.