Kesterton Lecture

Wilfred Kesterton was a Saskatchewan-born newspaperman and Second World War veteran when he became one of the earliest graduates of Carleton’s new Bachelor of Journalism program in 1949. His newspaper background and exceptional academic achievements led to his appointment, upon graduation, as the School of Journalism’s second full-time faculty member.

A leading figure at the School for 40 years, Kesterton specialized in media law and journalism history. He published important studies in both areas, including his seminal 1967 History of Journalism in Canada.

The Kesterton Lecture, Carleton Journalism’s signature annual public event, honours his pioneering contribution to journalism education in this country.

23rd Annual Kesterton - 2023

The Truth We Need for the World We Want

Toronto Star owner, Jordan Bitove, on the critical role of journalism in supporting our democracy, and the importance of supporting Canadian owned and operated media

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22nd Annual Kesterton - 2022

Black on the Prairies: A Journalistic Voyage

CBC News Senior Reporter Omayra Issa on how to journalistically place Black people’s experiences at the center of the Prairie narratives

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21st Annual Kesterton - 2020

Reporting from the edge: journalists, trauma and personal security

Foreign correspondent, host and producer Sheila MacVicar on the growing challenges facing journalists reporting from the edge.

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20th Annual Kesterton - 2019

Seeing/Saying: Journalism, Indigeneity and Hard Truths

Journalist and author Tanya Talaga on the deaths of seven Indigenous students in Thunder Bay, and the role journalism should play.

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19th Annual Kesterton - 2018

Taking Sides: Journalists, Sources and Crossing the Line

CBC correspondent, author and host Carol Off on balancing relationships between journalists and sources.

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18th Annual Kesterton - 2017

Journalism: Into the Future

CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge on the essential nature of excellent journalism.

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Marty Baron Kesterton

17th Annual Kesterton - 2016

Spotlight on Journalism

The Washington Post‘s Marty Baron in conversation with CBC’s Robyn Bresnahan

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16th Annual Kesterton - 2015

Saving journalism one exposé at a time: How investigative journalism is turning people on again

The Toronto Star‘s Kevin Donovan on how to get people to care about journalism

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Kevin Donovan
Nahlah Ayed

15th Annual Kesterton - 2014

What falls from the sky: predicting the future in the Arab World

The CBC’s Nahlah Ayed on reporting from the Middle East.

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14th Annual Kesterton - 2013

Notes from a Changing China

The Globe and Mail‘s Mark MacKinnon on his time as the Beijing correspondent

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Mark MacKinnon