The 9th annual Joseph Howe Symposium, “Trust in Social Media”, with Mathew Ingram and Craig Silverman, will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 10.00-1.30 PM, in Alumni Hall, A&A Building, 6350 Coburg Rd.

The 2012 symposium will address the issues of engagement and transparency in the networked age — how journalists can strengthen the relationship with their audience.

Keynote speakers:

Mathew Ingram is a leading voice in the conversation shaping the future of news. He was the  Globe and Mail’s first blogger and its first online communities editor. He is currently a senior writer with the San Francisco-based blog network GigaOM and an influential commentator on Twitter, with more than 37,000 followers. He will speak on: "Five Things Old Media Can Learn From New Media."

Craig Silverman is one of North America’s premier authorities on online verification. He is an adjunct faculty member and editor of Regret the Error at the Florida-based Poynter Institute for journalism training. He is a partner in the online startup Spundge, a tool for social media curation. He was also part of the team that launched the community-powered news network OpenFile. His address will be “Towards True Transparency.”

The two speakers will be followed by a panel discussion on best practices for social media use involving CBC New Brunswick reporter Jacques Poitras, Halifax Magazine Editor Trevor J. Adams and senior writer — and current King’s MJ student — Terra Tailleur.


Jacques Poitras is the provincial affairs reporter for CBC News in New Brunswick. He reports on the legislature for both radio and television, and produces a political podcast called Spin Reduxit. Jacques also taught journalism part-time for six years at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. He is the author of three books, two of which were shortlisted for national non-fiction awards. Jacques started his Twitter account in April 2009 and since then has written more than 20,000 tweets and has accumulated about 4,000 followers.

A University of King’s College alumnus (BJH ’98), Trevor J. Adams is senior editor with Metro Guide Publishing in Halifax, where he is lead editor on several titles, including Halifax Magazine. This fall, Nimbus Publishing released his first solo book, Long Shots: The Curious Story of the Four Maritime Teams that Played for the Stanley Cup.

Terra Tailleur is senior writer at She is a sessional instructor King’s and currently a student in the MJ program. 

The King’s School of Journalism’s Joseph Howe Symposium, which promotes public interest in the issues surrounding writing and democracy, honours Joseph Howe, the great Nova Scotia politician, journalist and reformer.


Attendance is free and open to all.

For further information, please contact Tim Currie at 422.1270 ext. 187  or by email