VANCOUVER, May 10, 2017 /CNW/ - The impact of repeated allegations of fake news and lying media by the most powerful man in the world will be debated at the upcoming Investigative Journalism Across Borders conference.

A distinguished panel will square off over the resolution that U.S. President Donald Trump's journalistic criticism has produced the unintended consequence of revitalizing public interest in investigative reporting, increasing newspaper subscriptions and inspiring unprecedented new philanthropic funding for journalism.

The debate takes place at 9 p.m., May 20 at the Salt Tasting Room, 45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver.

Panelists will include: Peter Klein, executive director of Vancouver-based Global Reporting Centre and a former 60 Minutes producer; Susanne Reber, former CBC investigative editor now based in Washington D.C. with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Natasha Del Toro, a Miami-based investigative journalist with ABC/Univision joint venture Fusion; and Paul J. Quirk, Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation at the University of British Columbia's department of political science. Robert Cribb, an investigative reporter with the Toronto Star and president of Veritas – Advancing Journalism in the Public Interest, will moderate.

The debate is co-hosted by Veritas (, a charitable, Canadian organization focused on journalistic professional development and public education, and the Global Reporting Centre (, a non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting important neglected stories around the world through collaboration with leading journalists and media organizations.  

Investigative Journalism Across Borders 2017 happens May 20 and 21 at The University of British Columbia's Liu Institute for Global Issues, bringing together journalists from Canada and the U.S for engaging discussions around investigative reporting, interviewing, social media research, data journalism and more.

It is presented jointly between Veritas, the Global Reporting Centre and U.S.-based Investigative Reporters and Editors (

The cross-border conference is designed for reporters, editors and producers from newspapers, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs.  Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.

It will present workshops and panel discussions on a broad variety of topics that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories.

In addition, the workshops and sessions will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more. This workshop will focus on issues on shared interest between the U.S. and Canada.

Confirmed speakers and panelists for the conference include:

  • Walt Bogdanich – New York Times
  • Kim Bolan - Vancouver Sun
  • Kathy Tomlinson – Globe and Mail
  • Bruce Livesey – National Observer
  • Andrew McIntosh - Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Kathryn Gretsinger – CBC
  • Nina Shapiro - Seattle Times
  • Harvey Cashore – CBC
  • Michael Corey - Reveal+The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Sunny Dhillon - Globe & Mail
  • Laura Lynch – CBC
  • Denise Malan – Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • Erin Millar - Discourse Media
  • Linda Solomon - National Observer
  • Frederic Zalac – CBC/Radio-Canada

Registration for the conference is here:

Sponsors for the conference include: The Toronto Star, The Committee to Protect Journalists, CBC, the Vancouver Sun/Post Media, Great Pacific Television, Google, Bell Media (CTV), Business in Vancouver, Glacier Media, The Freedom Fund, REVEAL (The Centre for Investigative Reporting), Tyee, The National Observer, The Allard Prize for International Integrity, Liu Institute for Global Issues, Entertainment One.

SOURCE Veritas - Advancing Journalism in the Public Interest  

For further information: Robert Cribb, President, Veritas - Advancing Journalism in the Public Interest, 416-579-0289,; Peter Klein, executive director, Global Reporting Centre, 604-822-3844,; Denise Malan, training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors, 479-422-2405,