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Digital Journal announces panelists for ‘Future of Media’ event in Toronto

By Chris Hogg
Posted Aug 21, 2009 in Business
Citizen media news outlet is proud to announce it will be hosting a unique panel discussion featuring some of the most influential leaders in Canadian media.
Dubbed “The Future of Media,” the live panel discussion will explore how the mainstream media are implementing user-generated content and what challenges news organizations face in the changing news economy today.
The event will take place Thursday September 24 at the Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen St. W.) at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will also be filmed and streamed live online, as well as broadcast after the event.
More info on the event can be found here, including fantastic prizes from our sponsors!
The following speakers will form the panel at The Future of Media:
Rachel Nixon
Nixon is the director of digital media at CBC News and former editor at NowPublic
Courtesy Rachel Nixon
Rachel Nixon: An award-winning journalist and online veteran, Rachel Nixon is Director of Digital Media for CBC News. She heads the strategic direction and development of CBC News across digital platforms, including the leading news website,
“The need for professional journalists is greater than ever, but their role has irreversibly changed,” says Rachel. “No longer gatekeepers, journalists have an opportunity to create meaning and understanding from the wealth of information that citizens share about the world around them.”
Until May 2009, Rachel was Global News Director for Vancouver-based, running the editorial operations of the world’s largest participatory news network.
Before moving to Canada, Rachel spent nine years with the internationally acclaimed, where most recently she served as Deputy World Editor. While at the BBC, Rachel led coverage of global stories, such as the US elections, on multiple and emerging media platforms.
CTV producer Richard McIlveen
Richard McIlveen is the Producer of the CTV News late local news in Toronto
Courtesy Richard McIlveen
Richard McIlveen is the Producer of the CTV News late local news in Toronto. As such he is ‘grounded’ in traditional media, giving the GTA its nightly summary of local news events.
Richard has also been producing and writing a TV News weekend segment that has kept a watchful eye on the ever evolving world of the internet since 1996. ‘Webmania’ launched at a time when about 5 per cent of Canadians homes were beginning to ‘dial in’ but it was clear that digital communication via the ‘net’ was about to reshape the world.
Over the past 13 years, Richard has interviewed and written about literally hundreds of the bright minds that have shaped the evolution of the Net. Richard also got hands-on experience early in the digital revolution, launching and running the CTV News Toronto (CFTO News) website from 1995 through 2001.
Looking forward, Richard offers a unique perspective on how traditional media is adapting to the challenges of an evolving digital media and based on his observation of trends, where the future is taking us.
Keith McArthur
McArthur is senior director of social media and digital communications for Rogers Communications
Courtesy Keith McArthur
Keith McArthur is the senior director of social media and digital communications at Rogers Communications Inc. He joined Rogers in February to build and lead a team to monitor the online conversation about Rogers and to develop strategies for Rogers to engage in that conversation.
Prior to joining Rogers, Keith created and led com.motion, the social media marketing division of Veritas Communications. In that role, he provided social media counsel to leading brands including Staples, Subway, NutriSystem and Canada Dry.
Keith was a journalist for 10 years working for the Winnipeg Free Press and the Globe and Mail. As transportation reporter for Report on Business, he wrote Air Monopoly, which was a finalist for the 2004 National Business Book Award. Later, as the Globe’s marketing reporter, Keith covered the infancy of social media marketing in the pages of the Globe and Mail as businesses grappled with blogs and YouTube and Facebook. Keith was the first Globe reporter to report by podcast and one of the first to write a blog. He continues to blog at and can be found on Twitter here.
Digital Journal CEO Chris Hogg
Chris Hogg is CEO of digital media site
Chris Hogg is in charge of Digital Journal, Inc., overseeing the company's various online properties such as, Digital Journal TV and the company's mobile news site at
Chris holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, and has extensive experience in broadcast television, radio, print and online media.
Making hundreds of appearances on TV and radio stations each year, Chris is often called upon by international media to comment on trends in technology and Internet culture, as well as provide insight into the economics and business strategies of tech companies around the world.
Chris has worked in both Canada and abroad, and has worked, or made appearances, with many news programs and publications including: CBC News, Fifth Estate, CBC Sports, CTV News, City News, CP24, Global News, Business News Network, Daily Planet, Space, Sun TV, eTalk Daily, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, as well as dozens of syndicated TV and radio networks.
More info on the "Future of Media" event can be found here and a list of door prizes can be found here.
Tim Shore
Tim Shore is the founder of Toronto hyperlocal website
Courtesy Tim Shore
Tim Shore is the founder of blogTO, Toronto's most widely read news and culture blog and the largest site of its kind in Canada.
Before founding the site in 2004 Tim worked for a number of advertising agencies and Web design firms overseeing ad campaigns and digital initiatives for well known brands such as Yahoo! and Microsoft.
He started his web and media career as a latte-fetching intern at CNN in New York.

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