A timely boot camp for users of democracy and defenders of press freedom

In March, 2019, the Journalism program collaborated with the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom to invite journalists, decision-makers and all those who care about civic democracy to a 2019 federal election boot camp.

The day-long workshop at Carleton featured frank talk and frontline briefings on what might be coming and how we can prepare as we head into the fall 2019 federal election.

Read about our panels and watch the videos below.

Keynote lecture

True facts about mis/disinformation (and how to cover It)

Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author and one of the world’s leading experts on online misinformation, fake news, and content verification. He is the media editor of BuzzFeed News, where he leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation, and media manipulation.


The 2019 election campaign

A survey of the political and digital landscape


Ed Greenspon, president and CEO of the Public Policy Forum

David Coletto, one of the founding partners and CEO of Abacus Data

Kendall Anderson, acting executive director and managing director of The Samara Centre for Democracy

Moderated by Joyce Napier, Ottawa bureau chief for CTV National News

Defending democracy: the roles we play

Conversation and a lightning round of solutions from journalists


Murad Hemmadi, Ottawa-based reporter for The Logic

Susan Delacourt, Ottawa columnist and bureau chief, Toronto Star

Lindsay Sample, managing editor, The Discourse

Michelle Richardson, editor-in-chief, Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun

Moderated by Rosemary Barton, journalist and host of CBC’s The National

Plus ideas from Fergus Bell and the Pop-Up Newsroom on how news organizations around the world are collaborating to fight disinformation.

Event Videos