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!



Early-bird tickets to NASH81: Refine are now available! Click here for details. Prices are for quad occupancy. Early bird prices end Nov. 1.


You can also email Kate Jacobson at for invoicing options!






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!


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.

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

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.

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


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.



Thank you to all our sponsors for your
help in making NASH81 possible.

Want to become a sponsor?

Contact today to be represented at NASH81!



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

Submissions for the JHMs are open until Oct. 24! Follow the link below for more information or to submit your publication’s work.


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