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World News Day to underscore message that #JournalismMatters

Several Canadian newsrooms and media organizations, including the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), will celebrate World News Day on Wednesday, Sept. 28, a global news industry campaign drawing attention to the value of journalism.

Initiated in 2018 by former CJF Chair and Globe and Mail Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley, more than 500 outlets and agencies across six continents will commemorate the day, from global publications like the Financial Times to The Straits Times in Singapore, Argentina’s LA NACION, News24 in South Africaand Stuff in New Zealand.

Participating news outlets will carry print and digital ads and promote World News Day across their social media channels and other platforms, highlighting the message that journalism matters and is worth supporting, promoting and defending.

The event will include a 90-minute live-stream from The World News Media Congress in Zaragoza, Spain, at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Moderated by Vivian Schiller, Executive Director of Aspen Digital, The Aspen Institute, speakers will include David Walmsley; Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times; Alessandra Galloni, Editor-in-Chief, Reuters; Kathy English, Chair, CJF; Shirish Kulkarni, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism; and Phoebe Connelly, Director of Next Generation Audiences, The Washington Post.

The public can view the session on the World News Day YouTube channel.

“As we mark World News Day, the challenge to all newsrooms going forward is to do more to show journalism’s value to young and underserved audiences,” said Kathy English, Chair of The Canadian Journalism Foundation, in a release. “To build and gain trust with the public, we must first reach them by representing their voices and experiences.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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