TDF to host second annual Student Journalism Conference

The Democracy is holding its 2023 Student Journalism Conference in Toronto from August 11 - 13.

TORONTO: The Democracy Fund (TDF) is hosting its second annual Student Journalism Conference from August 11 -13, 2023, at Novotel Toronto North York (3 Park Home Ave, Toronto, ON M2N 6L3).

The theme of this year's conference is Fighting Censorship.

Space is limited to up to 25 students. Successful applicants will participate in a three-day intensive program and learn the fundamentals of modern journalism, with an emphasis on digital platforms. In addition to journalistic skills, participants will learn about Canada's civil liberties challenges in 2023.

Through workshops, panels, and interactive sessions, attendees will learn about the latest trends and best practices in journalism, as well as the importance of upholding journalistic integrity in the face of censorship.

A highlight of the weekend will be a special journalistic assignment that a panel of senior journalists will grade and offer helpful, practical feedback.

Successful applicants will have all their air travel (economy class), accommodations, meals while at the conference, and commuting costs covered.

The lineup of guest speakers includes: Ezra Levant, Andrew Lawton, Aaron Gunn, Sheila Gunn Reid, Avi Yemini, David Menzies, Derek Filderbrandt, Harrison Faulkner, and several other noteworthy journalists.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The conference is open to Canadian, permanent residents, and non-Canadians with valid work permits interested in pursuing journalism in any medium.
  • Applicants can be journalism students, self-employed or freelance journalists, or working as journalists.
  • Must be proficient in English.
  • Vacancies are open to applicants 18 to 30 years of age.

Selection Criteria:

  • Ambition and work ethic
  • Journalistic integrity
  • Would benefit personally and professionally from the conference and would be likely to make journalism a career.
  • A commitment to civil liberties

For students applying, you can find the application form here.

*Applications close at 11:59 PM ET on May 31, 2023.

A special thank you to this year's sponsors, True North and Rebel News, for their support in making our Student Journalism Conference possible.

About The Democracy Fund:

Founded in 2021, The Democracy Fund (TDF) is a Canadian charity dedicated to constitutional rights, advancing education and relieving poverty. TDF promotes constitutional rights through litigation and public education. TDF supports an access to justice initiative for Canadians whose civil liberties have been infringed by government lockdowns and other public policy responses to the pandemic.