With the rapidly evolving media landscape, concerns about news accessibility have taken centre stage. While subscription-based news sources and user-supported independent outlets provide diverse options for engaged news consumers, media consolidation and downsizing in free-access platforms are resulting in a diminishing range of choices. This leaves those who don’t pay for news to navigate a fractured information ecosystem that includes declining television news, social media, partisan outlets and AI-generated content.
On Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. EST, the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) will present an in-depth conversation on the state of the media with Pulitzer and Peabody Award-winning journalist Connie Walker (Gimlet Media) and Lydia Polgreen, Opinion Columnist at The New York Times.
“In an age of growing news avoidance and a decline in trust in the news, it’s crucial to provide a diverse media landscape for both paying subscribers and those with limited access,” says Natalie Turvey, CJF President and Executive Director. “The growing gap between those who have access to quality news and those who do not only undermines our democratic systems, which should be a concern to us all.”
This intimate discussion between Walker and Polgreen, followed by an audience Q&A, will take place at the TD Centre, 54th floor. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for general admission and can be purchased here. The event will be followed by a cocktail reception and a chance to meet our speakers over food and drinks.
For full speaker biographies, visit the CJF event page.
The event will also be livestreamed via CPAC.