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Behind the City Beat: A Pre-Election Media Panel

October 2, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

What are the policy issues that matter leading into the 2018 Ontario municipal election? What goes into covering the city hall press beat? How has the media landscape changed in recent years, with the decline of traditional media and in the era of ‘fake news’? What have these changes meant for reporting on municipal affairs? How have journalists learned to adapt and stay relevant?

On October 2, IMFG and School of Cities hosted a panel discussion of journalists who looked at the important policy issues ahead of the October municipal election.


Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun
Matt Elliott, Municipal affairs analyst, CBC
Noor Javed, Staff Reporter (GTA/York Region), Toronto Star
John Michael McGrath, Digital Media Producer, TVO
Maria Saras-Voutsinas, Executive Director, National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada
Rob Steiner, Director, Fellowship in Global Journalism and Professor of Global Practice, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (Moderator)

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the School of Cities at the University of Toronto.

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October 2, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7 Canada


Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance