Every year, CUP hosts a national conference that attracts more than 300 young journalists from across the country. The keynote speaker today is Robyn Doolittle, a city hall reporter at the Toronto Star. Doolittle has broken some of the most talked about stories in Toronto over the last few years, including a year-and-a-long investigation into the Mayor of Toronto’s substance abuse issues has garnered international attention. Doolittle is now writing her first book, Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story. Wednesday Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. MT. 

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Allison Leonard will live blog this conference for J-Source. She did her undergrad in Journalism and Contemporary Studies at Laurier’s Brantford campus, and she is now the president and publisher of WLU Student Publications, an autonomous, non-profit media organization. Leonard also serves CUP as the Communications Manager and as NASH’s Communication Coordinator. 

Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.