BBC, National Post, CTV Among Speakers at Digital Journal’s Upcoming ‘Future of Media’ Event

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Hundreds of media executives, journalists, entrepreneurs to attend Future of Media event in Toronto

Tomorrow's media is going to look remarkably different than today's media, and this panel discussion will examine that evolution

Some of the most influential media leaders from Canada and the UK are set to take part in a panel discussion on April 6 that will explore how current trends, technologies, business practices and social media innovation affect both the media industry and its audience.

The Future of Media is a semi-annual event hosted by Digital Journal in Toronto. The company says its April 6 event has seen tremendous interest from media executives, journalists and entrepreneurs.

The Future of Media panel includes executives from BBC World News, The National Post, CTV Digital Media, GigaOM and OpenFile. Speakers will explore how media outlets are adapting to the Web, how Canadian start-ups are reshaping the news, and what the future holds for media professionals. The event will include a panel discussion and debate, and will end with an interactive Q&A with audience members. Questions will also be collected from users on Twitter and Facebook.

"Tomorrow’s media is going to look remarkably different than today’s media, and this panel discussion will examine that evolution," says David Silverberg, co-founder and host of the Future of Media, and Managing Editor of Digital Journal. "We’ll be looking at current trends and emerging technologies and we’ll be peering into the crystal ball to see what the future holds for this rapidly changing space.”

This highly anticipated event will take place Wednesday April 6 at the Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West) at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free but attendees must have a ticket. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Media passes are available and requests should be sent to futureofmedia (at) digitaljournal (dot) com. A limited number of tickets will also be made available to a rush line for attendees who show up on the day of the event. More info can be found on the Future of Media website.

The Future of Media panel is made up of a diverse group of industry leaders. Speakers include:

  •     Jamie Angus, acting head of news at BBC World News
  •     Jon Taylor, senior director of content for CTV Digital Media
  •     Chris Boutet, the senior producer for digital media at the National Post
  •     Kathy Vey, editor-in-chief of OpenFile
  •     Mathew Ingram, senior writer with the technology blog network GigaOM

The Future of Media will be moderated by Digital Journal.

Panelists will address the challenges traditional news outlets are facing and how they plan to remain relevant in this digital era; what new media businesses are doing to influence the news; the role of mobile news, from iPad magazines to video reports; and how changing media consumption habits offer a glimpse into the future of media.

Future of Media events are free to attend thanks to the generous support of a number of sponsors.

Platinum sponsor:

  •     Queensway Audi, Toronto's leading Audi dealer

Gold sponsors:

  •     CNW Group, Canada’s leading newswire provider
  •     Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s leading providers of wireless, cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services
  •     Suite 66, Canada’s largest independent online advertising sales organization
  •     Polar Mobile, a global leader in mobile content solutions
  •     Digital Journal, a digital media news network and leader in social news.

Silver Sponsor:

  •     McLuhan100, an organization celebrating the centenary of Marshall McLuhan under themes of Then, Now and Next.

Guests of the Future of Media event will also have the chance to win a number of cool door prizes, including smartphones, video cameras and high-tech wireless networking equipment.

About Digital Journal:
Digital Journal is a global digital media company and online news outlet read by millions of people on Web and mobile. Headquartered in Toronto, Digital Journal covers breaking news from around the world. The company is a recognized pioneer and leader in social news with more than 30,000 members in 200 countries around the world. Digital Journal also consults news organizations on how to empower their audience to acquire content, drive revenue and increase engagement from digital media properties. Visit http://www.digitaljournal.com for more info.

About Future of Media events:
Future of Media events are organized and hosted by Digital Journal. They are held twice each year, around April and September, to bring together media executives, entrepreneurs, developers and journalists to discuss the changes in the media landscape and what emerging trends mean for the future. As the only free event of its kind, Future of Media events are widely attended by the who's who in media and business. Visit http://www.futureofmediaevents.com for more info.

For images, interview opportunities or press passes to the event, contact futureofmedia (at) digitaljournal (dot) com.

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