Calgary, Alberta
January 3–6, 2019


What is NASH81?

NASH is the annual gathering of Canada’s student journalists, held at Calgary's beautiful Hotel Arts from January 3–6, 2019. Hosted by The Gauntlet, The University of Calgary’s independent student publication, NASH81 will celebrate and continue the 80-plus-year tradition of the Canadian University Press. We can't wait to see you there!


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NASH81 will be host to over two dozen workshops, panels and discussions headed by industry leaders, in addition to evening keynotes held throughout the conference. Attendees will also have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one meetings with their favourite editors. Come for your opportunity to listen, learn and meet the pros! 

Below are some of the 50+ speakers that will be at NASH81. Check back for more speaker announcements here and on our Twitter feed!


Keynote, Jan. 3

Connie Walker is an award-winning investigative reporter and host of the CBC News podcast, Missing & Murdered.

In 2017, Missing & Murdered: Who killed Alberta Williams? won the RTDNA's Adrienne Clarkson Award and was nominated for a Webby Award.

Walker and colleagues at the CBC's Indigenous Unit, won multiple awards including the 2016 Canadian Association of Journalists' Don McGillivray investigative award, a Canadian Screen Award and the prestigious Hillman Award for its "Missing & Murdered: The Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls" interactive website.

Walker is from the Okanese First Nation, in Saskatchewan. She currently lives with her family in Toronto.

Keynote, Jan. 4

Vocal Fry Studios is a podcast studio in Toronto co-founded by Katie Jensen and Vicky Mochama. Vocal Fry is dedicated to building a supportive, inclusive and innovative podcast industry in Canada.

Katie Jensen is a freelance multi-platform journalist who produces podcasts & provides strategic consultation for a diverse client roster — from small tech start-ups to one of Canada's largest daily newspapers. Currently, she’s producing The Secret Life of Canada for CBC Podcasts, Polaris Podcast for the Polaris Music Prize, and I’ll Go First for the Globe and Mail. Prior to becoming a full-time freelancer in 2017, she worked at Canadaland, where she produced the company’s flagship media criticism podcast and co-created The Imposter. Last spring, she created a sold-out PWYC workshop for working artists, low-income, and racialized individuals.

Vicky Mochama is a writer and podcaster from Toronto. She is the host of Safe Space, a podcast about the news and politics when it can remember what happened. Vicky was the national columnist for StarMetro where she wrote columns on race, gender, immigration and Canadian politics. Vicky edited and wrote the Canadaland Guide to Canada, a national bestselling humour book about Canada's history and culture. She has written for the Toronto Star, Flare Magazine, and The Walrus. She has taught opinion writing at Ryerson's School of Journalism. 

Keynote, Jan. 5

Susanne Craig is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. She writes about the intersection of money and politics and for the past three years has been covering Donald Trump and his finances. She was the reporter who in 2016 was mailed pages of Mr. Trump's 1995 tax returns and was one of the authors of the investigation The Times published in 2018 that found the president received hundreds of millions of dollars from his father, some of it through fraudulent tax schemes. Previously, Ms. Craig was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and worked at The Globe and Mail.

Ms. Craig was the lead reporter on a team of writers who were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for national affairs reporting for their coverage of the fall of Lehman Brothers and the financial crisis. She is also the recipient of a National Newspaper Award and Michener Award. Ms. Craig is a graduate of the University of Calgary and got her start in journalism at The Gauntlet, the university's student newspaper.

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Elamin Abdelmahmoud is a news curation editor for BuzzFeed News. He's also a culture panelist for CBC radio's q, and a current affairs commentator for CBC news. Find him at @elamin88.

Nasr Ahmed is the CWA Canada Associate Membership Coordinator, former CBC Sports Producer and Technical Director of the Brampton Beast Hockey Club of the ECHL. Nasr is also an active community organizer in Toronto.

Drew Anderson started his career freelancing for Calgary’s now-defunct Fast Forward Weekly, where he eventually became editor and publisher. He currently works as a journalist for CBC Calgary.

Kristen Anderson has worked in media for over a decade, covering a variety of sports and adapting to the changing environment of newspapers. She works for Postmedia covering the National Hockey League and the Calgary Flames on a daily basis for the last six seasons. She is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and has served as the Calgary Chapter Chair for the last three years.


Bob Barnetson is a professor of labour relations at Athabasca UnIversity. He was co-editor of the U of C Gauntlet in 1992/93.

David Beers founded The Tyee. He teaches at UBC’s J-School, was an editor at Mother Jones and Vancouver Sun, and his writing has won awards in the US and Canada.

Sarah Berman is a senior editor at VICE Canada who is working with Penguin Canada on a book about a secretive self-help group accused of sex trafficking.

Sam Brooks is an engineer turned journalist turned entrepreneur. He caught the bug while spending way more time taking photos for the Gateway than working through differential equations and has since gone on to be CUP president, work on special projects for Postmedia and has now co-founded Full Circle Visuals, an innovative production company based in Edmonton.


Jason Chiu is the Deputy Head of Visual Journalism at The Globe and Mail. Photos, video, design, interactive presentations, data, graphics and neighbourhood coffee recommendations are his speciality.

Calgary journalist Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books, most recently Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense. Di Cintio’s magazine writing has appeared in publications in Canada and abroad.

Matt Frehner leads the Visual Journalism team at The Globe and Mail. The award-winning group of editors, designers, developers, photographers, videographers and graphic artists works to make sense of a complicated and fast-moving world through high-impact visual journalism.

Jamie Gradon is a Calgary writer, editor and communications professional working in public policy. A former journalist, she’s spent time in newsrooms in Saskatoon, Toronto and Calgary, where she worked as a health reporter, feature writer and digital producer and once got “blammo” in print.


Kathryn Gretsinger is a journalist and senior instructor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. She works with students in courses and in project based learning to help them build journalistic skills and practices. Kathryn's research includes knowledge mobilization, podcasts, privacy and access to information int he health/science sector and work with colleagues in political science and public policy. 

Tyler Hellard is a commercial copywriter who has written about technology, media and culture for THIS, Avenue, The Walrus and CBC. His debut novel was published last year and a collection of essays is scheduled for 2020.

Leah Hennel, a Postmedia staff photojournalist/videographer has been following her lens for more than 20 years. It's taken the award-winning photographer everywhere, from rural Alberta to the Olympic Games. The Calgarian will be chatting about the importance of visual storytelling.

Eva Holland is a freelance writer and a correspondent for Outside. She's based in the Yukon Territory.


Sean Holman is a journalism professor at Mount Royal University who studies the history of freedom of information in Canada. He is also an award-winning investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker.

Tristin Hopper is an Edmonton-based reporter and columnist for the National Post, a frequent radio and TV commentator and unchallenged creator of Canada’s largest Rice Krispie square. Although he writes all kinds of smart things, his best-read story of all time remains a scientific breakdown of why Caillou sucks.

With a Bachelor of Science and MJ under her belt, Vanessa Hrvatin’s passion is science and health journalism. This past year she was Postmedia’s Michelle Lang Fellow, reporting on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Katrina Ingram is passionate about the intersection of art, technology, business and education She has held marketing and senior management roles at the CBC and CKUA Radio. She also helped launch the Alberta Podcast Network in 2017. Katrina teaches part-time at MacEwan University.


Brent Jolly is a Canadian journalist who joined the National Newsmedia Council in August 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, where he studied as a junior fellow at Massey College. He is currently the President of the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

Jeremy Klaszus is founder and editor of The Sprawl, a Calgary pop-up journalism startup that launched in 2017. It's a crowdfunded, ad-free, made-in-Calgary model. Before launching the Sprawl, Jeremy worked as a freelance journalist who covered Calgary for local and international media outlets including Monocle, CBC and Swerve.

Taylor Lambert is a freelance longform journalist and the author of several books, including “Darwin’s Moving,” an exploration of class divides in Calgary through the lens of the moving industry that won the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. His new podcast, The Calgarian, launches this month. 

Mack Lamoureux is a reporter with VICE Canada. His work focuses on right-wing extremism and fringe groups. He was the first journalist to report on the Soldiers of Odin, III% Canada, and Atomwaffen's activity in Canada.


Käthe Lemon is the editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine in Calgary. She has worked as a magazine editor and writer for 20 years for a range of award-winning publications, and has been at the helm of Avenue since 2007.

Marta Ligocki is the Program Director at CJSW 90.9 FM and has been involved with the station since 2013. She made her way into campus media through The Martlet as an undergraduate at UVic.

Travis Lupick is an award-winning journalist based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the author of Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction (Arsenal Pulp Press, June 2018).

Jane Lytvynenko is a journalist with BuzzFeed News, where she covers online misinformation. Her work focuses on analyzing the spread of fake news, digital deception, and the rise of hyperpartisanship though online platforms. She lives in Toronto.


Mack Male is media entrepreneur with a background in software development. He is the co-founder of Taproot Edmonton, which has a curiosity-driven and membership-based approach to building a thriving home for local journalism.

Jason Markusoff writes about Alberta and almost everything else for Maclean’s magazine, after more than a decade of newspapering. He has won several national journalism awards and kudos from his mom for talking so well on television.

Kaitlyn McGrath is the associate editor and Blue Jays writer at the Athletic Toronto. Before entering the world of journalism startups, Kaitlyn previously worked at CBC and the National Post. She is a graduate of Western University and a former editor at The Western Gazette.

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. When not doing stand-up comedy, McMahonʼs podcast and media work has cemented him as a strong voice for Indigenous Peoples in North America. McMahon hosts Red Man Laughing, and was the creator, writer and host of the Canadaland hit podcast series, Thunder Bay. Ryan is currently writing his first book, A 12 Step Program For Canada - A Seriously Funny Book For A Reluctant Country.


Erin Millar is founder and CEO of The Discourse, and holds multiple awards for journalism innovation. She has hosted talks and workshops across Canada and internationally, including the Canadian Association of Journalists and Italy’s International Journalism Festival, and reported from more than a dozen countries for Canadian and international publications.

Bashir Mohamed is an Edmonton-based writer. He is interested in Alberta's history and how those legacies connect to the present. Currently, he works as a civil servant and spends his free time cycling or researching historic stories.

Jaelyn Molyneux is the executive editor of digital content for Redpoint Media & Marketing solutions, which publishes Avenue magazine and WestJet Magazine as well as a handful of custom publications.

David Moscrop is an author, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication at UOttawa, writer for Maclean's, and contributing columnist for the Washington Post.


Pat Perkel’s role with the National Newsmedia Council follows a long print- and broadcast-news freelancer career in Ontario. Internationally, she’s edited a youth forum and worked as staff support to Commonwealth journalists.

Alheli Picazo is a freelance writer and researcher whose columns appear at the CBC and Maclean's. Other bylines include Ottawa Citizen, National Post, Vice, and Canadaland.

A Gauntlet alumnus, Ryan Pike grew up as a sports fan and writes about hockey for, The Hockey Writers and The Sporting News. He's a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Tamara Pimentel is Metis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit, Nunavut. She now works for APTN as a video journalist in Calgary, Alberta.

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Sharon J. Riley is an investigative journalist covering Alberta for The Narwhal. Her essays, interviews, and long-form nonfiction have been published by The Walrus, The Tyee, Maisonneuve, and Harper’s. Her research has appeared in The Intercept, The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, Politico, and so on.

Don Shafer is a veteran broadcaster, student, and consultant with the Hamilton Media Group. He is committed to using all that comes with a career in media, as well as what he is learning at Simon Fraser University as he completes his master’s degree to help effect positive social change. He is interested in learning the art of how to ask beautiful questions.

Chris Stewart has worked at CBC, Global, CTV, and now APTN for the past 6 years. He began his career as a videographer for news, so it was only natural that he become a videojournalist. Chris has covered events like the Fort McMurray fires, and the Standing Rock Protests.

Terra Tailleur runs The Signal, an award-winning news site powered by journalism students at the University of King’s College in Halifax. She’s vice-president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and regularly advises and mentors communicators at large. She spent 20 years in newsrooms around the country, mostly as a radio reporter and a senior writer for CBC. She got her start in journalism long ago at the Gateway.


Chui-Ling Tam studied at Carleton’s J-school then worked as a journalist in Canada, the UK and Singapore before entering academia. She now researches environmental communication as a geographer at the University of Calgary.

On Deborah Tetley's first day of journalism school, the professor warned the class that less than one per cent of the students sitting in the lecture hall would find a job at a daily newspaper. She was fortunate enough to work at three major dailies, including 15 years at the Calgary Herald. Today, she calls STARS her work home and quickly realized, yes, there is life after journalism.

Chris Turner is a long-form journalist and bestselling author based in Calgary. His latest book The Patch: The People, Pipelines and Politics of the Oil Sands won the 2018 National Business Book Award.

Rachel Ward is a Calgary-based journalist with CBC. She has a master's degree in investigative journalism from the University of King's College, and specializes in data journalism and freedom-of-information.

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James Wilt is a freelance journalist based in Winnipeg, focusing on energy & environmental politics. He holds a journalism degree from Mount Royal University and is currently working on his MA in Geography at the University of Manitoba. He regularly contributes to The Narwhal, and has also written for VICE, The Globe and Mail, National Observer, CBC and Briarpatch.

Meg Wilcox is a journalist, host and producer who has worked from Parliament Hill to the Rockies to the Arctic Circle. Now based in Calgary, she hosts How I Hear It Tuesday nights on CKUA, makes podcasts and teaches journalism at Mount Royal University.

Melanie Woods is a Vancouver-based writer and audio producer. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Vice, CBC, the Georgia Straight, Slate, This Magazine, and Xtra.

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network ( is a non-profit organization which monitors hate groups and their activities in Canada. They deliver information to the public and media and provide information and evidence to law enforcement, and have done so on several criminal investigations across Canada. They work collaboratively with several freelancers and outlets, including VICE, The Toronto Star and Ricochet.



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Every year, The John H. McDonald Awards for Excellence in Student Journalism — better known as the Johnnies or JHMs, are presented as part of NASH. These prestigious awards recognize the very best in student journalism across the country. This year, the Canadian University Press is organizing JHM awards and nominations

Check back in late December for a list of JHM finalists.


Contact Us

Want to chat about NASH81? We're all ears! Let us know your ideas for the conference and your questions about what you've seen so far. If you want to be apart of NASH81 in any way — as a sponsor, an attendee, a speaker or otherwise — give us a shout. Also feel free to visit us at our office in the University of Calgary, as detailed below.

See you in January!


Kate Jacobson, NASH81 co-coordinator
phone: (587) 703-7390
Contact regarding: tickets, venue,
sponsorship, events

Jason Herring, NASH81 co-coordinator
phone: (403) 819-3453
Contact regarding: sessions, speakers


Our offices: 
319 MacEwan Students' Centre
2500 University Drive Northwest
Calgary, AB T2N-1N4