Join us for King’s in Conversation – a webinar series organized by alumni for alumni and friends near and far

November 15, 2023 – Canadian news media respond to the Online News Act

Hosted by the University of King’s College alumni association and moderated by King’s journalism assistant professor Trina Roache, this one-hour facilitated conversation brought together influential journalism and news media personalities from across Canada. The topic was the newly introduced Online News Act (Bill C-18) – what it means for Canadian news media, how this affects their editorial work, what innovative workarounds news outlets are relying on to engage audiences, reflections on the importance of social media for connecting to audiences, and what the average person can do to stay connected and support their preferred news outlets in Canada. 


Emma Gilchrist

Co-founder, editor-in-chief and executive director of The Narwhal, a non-profit online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative journalism about the natural world in Canada. Before The Narwhal, Emma worked at newspapers and magazines in the U.K. and Canada, including a stint as an environment reporter at the Calgary Herald.

Jennifer Hollett

Executive director at The Walrus | Canada’s Conversation. The Walrus is known for its award-winning independent journalism, fact checking and national ideas-focused events. Prior to this role, Jennifer was the head of news and government at Twitter Canada and has worked as a journalist with CBC, CTV and CHUM.

Karyn Pugliese

Member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in Ontario and is currently the editor-in-chief at Canadaland, a news site and podcast network that focuses on Canadian media, current affairs and politics. Previously, she was the Editor-in-Chief of Canada’s National Observer, Managing Editor of Investigations at CBC, and the Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Tai Huynh

Founding editor-in-chief and publisher of The Local, an award-winning digital magazine covering community issues in Toronto. an independent magazine exploring urban health and social issues in Toronto. He writes, occasionally, about urban health and inequality.

Matthew DiMera

Award-winning editor and journalist currently living in Toronto, and is the founder of The Resolve. Most recently they were the managing editor at Xtra where they drove new and innovative digital-only editorial and engagement strategies, and the acting editor-in-chief at where they led strategy for an editorial refocusing and relaunch.