The Democracy Project: Journalism in the Age of Alt-Facts

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Engaged citizens are welcome to attend this weekend summit from October 20 - 22.

In the age of alt-facts, deeply researched reporting is more crucial than ever to the viability of an informed citizenry and a healthy democracy. From October 20 - 22 writers and journalists will gather in Banff to discuss practical next steps in the critical conversation around media and democracy.

Featured speakers and guests:

Betty-Ann Adam, Saskatchewan Star-Phoenix
Garance Burke, Associated Press
Robert Cribb, The Toronto Star
Joshua Hammer, Author/Foreign Correspondent for The New York Review of Books, Smithsonian magazine, and The New York Times Magazine
Jessica Johnson, Creative Director, The Walrus
Peter Klein, Global Reporting Centre
Ron Nixon, Washington Correspondent, The New York Times
Susanne Reber, Executive Editor, Reveal News
Gabrielle Schonder, Producer/Reporter, PBS Frontline
Julian Sher, The Fifth Estate
Patti Sonntag, The New York Times, News Services
Maxime St-Pierre, Executive Editor, Radio-Canada Idea Accelerator
Scott Stossel, Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
Connie Walker, CBC

Get Involved:

  • All panels, with the exception of keynote speaker Scott Stossel, are free to attend but require a ticket. Please see full schedule below.
  • Weekend packages available
    Featuring 2 nights accommodation (Fri. Oct. 20 - Sun. Oct 22), 3 meals Saturday, breakfast Sunday and attendance to all events, including keynote speaker Scott Stossel (Single Occupancy $365 | Double Occupancy $220 per person)

Book ticket to individual panels below or by calling the box office at 1.800.413.8368 or 403.762.6301

Book Weekend packages by calling box office at 1.800.413.8368 or 403.762.6301

This summit is part of a five day intensive residency on Investigative Journalism.


Please click each panel to read more about it and get tickets.

Friday, October 20
5:30 PM   Cocktail reception, light refreshments will be served
6:30 PM   Introductory speeches: Devyani Saltzman, Robert Cribb, and Patti Sonntag
7:00 PM   Panel 1:  Journalism in the Post-Fact Age

Saturday, October 21
10:00 AM  Panel 2: When Social Media Is the ‘Paper of Record'
12:00 PM  Break for lunch
1:30 PM    Panel 3: Protecting Whistleblowers: Repercussions and Policy Concerns
3:00 PM    Panel 4: Reporting on Illiberal Movements
4:30 PM    Panel 5: Collaborative Models for Investigative Journalism
6:00 PM   Break for dinner
7:30 PM    An Evening with Scott Stossel

Sunday, October 22
9:30 AM Wrapping Up: Investigations for Small Newsrooms
Reporters at smaller media companies who want to carry out investigations can face severe challenges, including intense community pressures on sources and on editorial staff. How can ideas from the conference be incorporated into smaller newsrooms?
Moderator: Connie Walker, CBC  
Betty-Ann Adam, Saskatchewan StarPhoenix
Mike da Souza, The National Observer