The unprecedented weeks-long occupation of Canada’s capital saw media play a critical role in communicating what was happening on our streets.

In Journalism Under Siege, Carleton University will bring together some of Canada’s leading journalists to reflect on their role and the challenges they faced during the so-called Freedom Convoy’s occupation in Ottawa. The community that experienced it all are invited to join in the conversation.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper St., Ottawa

Limited seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Registration is mandatory to reserve seating and attend the event.

Note: Participants will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter and will be required to wear a mask throughout the evening. Full details will be included in the confirmation message for registrants.

The event will also be streamed live through a Zoom webinar and those who cannot make it in person are encouraged to use the Zoom link that evening. Registration is discouraged for those planning to watch the Zoom webinar.

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Panelists will make brief presentations to be followed by a question and answer period. The panel includes:

Jorge Barrera is an award-winning journalist who has worked across the country and internationally. He works for CBC’s Indigenous unit based out of Ottawa. At a critical moment in the occupation of Ottawa’s downtown, Barrera waded into the crowd with his mobile phone to report live on his own.

Justin Ling is a freelance investigative journalist, covering privacy, security, foreign policy, politics, law, defence, and where all those things meet. Ling is based in Montreal but his reporting during the occupation and social media presence on Twitter was mandatory reading for anyone following the events. Ling’s expert reporting on extremist groups behind the siege was sought out by The Guardian.

Glen McGregor joined CTV National News as Senior Political Correspondent in January 2016. Based out of CTV News’ Ottawa Bureau, McGregor contributes political coverage to CTV News across all platforms. McGregor was a constant presence on television screens and Twitter during the occupation and like others working with camera crews, was subject to relentless harassment by protestors.

Raisa Patel covers federal politics in Ottawa for the Toronto Star. Patel was previously an associate producer for CBC’s flagship political radio show, The House, as well as a writer on the broadcaster’s Parliament Hill team. Patel graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program.

Justin Tang is an award-winning photographer based in Ottawa. He was the recipient of a 2015 National Newspaper Award for his image of Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau being embraced by his mother Margaret on election night. He is a contributing photographer to the Canadian Press and anyone who consumed news coverage of the convoy will have seen some of his iconic images.

Judy Trinh is an investigative journalist with CBC News. She covers a diverse range of stories from breaking crime news to the #MeToo movement to human rights court challenges. During the siege she provided some of the most detailed coverage of the Ottawa Police Services and the Freedom Convoy encampment on Coventry Road in Ottawa’s east end.

Adrian Harewood, an associate professor in Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication. During a transitional period, he has continued to serve as co-host of CBC News Ottawa. Harewood attended elementary and high school at Ashbury College in Ottawa and was involved in community radio at CKCU (Carleton University) and CHUO (University of Ottawa). He has been a guest host on national CBC programs such as As it Happens, Sounds Like Canada and The Current. Before coming to television, Harewood was the host of All In A Day on CBC Radio One in Ottawa.

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