Minifie Lecture

Doug Cuthand to give 2016 Minifie Lecture

The School of Journalism is pleased to announce that Doug Cuthand will present the 36th annual Minifie Lecture. This year's event will take place Monday, October 24 at 7:30 pm in the Education Auditorium. Free admission, free parking.



2015 Minifie Lecturer and School of Journalism grad Derek Stoffel

Derek Stoffel

Derek Stoffel is the Middle East correspondent for CBC News, based in
Jerusalem. Stoffel has delivered stories to the Canadian audience from datelines across the
region, from Beirut to Benghazi, Tehran to Tel Aviv. Stoffel has covered the
effects of the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and beyond.
His work inside Syria was recognized with a Gold Medal at the New York
Festivals in 2013, an award shared with his colleague Margaret Evans.

Stoffel’s continuing coverage from Libya and Egypt, as well as Syria, led to three awards
from the RTNDA in Canada. Stoffel covered the last two conflicts between Israel
and Palestinian militants from inside the Gaza Strip. In addition to filing stories from the Middle East, Stoffel has worked extensively
in Europe and the United States, from the CBC’s bureaus in London and
Washington. He spent more than a decade covering Canadian stories, from the
Walkerton water tragedy to the SARS outbreak, while based at the CBC’s
English headquarters in Toronto.

Stoffel has worked as a freelance journalist for NPR News, PRI Public Radio
International, Deutsche Welle in Germany, ITN and Associated Press TV News in
the UK. Stoffel worked on various news programs for the BBC World Service
when he lived in London. Stoffel was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and graduated with degrees in
journalism and political science from the University of Regina.


Nahlah Ayed, a veteran CBC foreign correspondent currently based in London, presented her lecture "A beginning, a middle and an end: Canadian foreign reportage examined," March 12, 2014.

For the better part of a decade, Ayed lived in and covered the Middle East for CBC television, radio and online. From Riyadh to Tehran, Beirut to Baghdad, she traveled the region extensively, reporting from many conflicts and interviewing key leaders. She also covered the Arab uprisings from the start. Ayed is also the author of A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter's Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring.

James M. Minifie is one of Canada's most courageous and illustrious journalists. He was born in England and emigrated to Canada in 1909, homesteading in Saskatchewan. He served with the Canadian Army in First World War, studied at Regina College and later Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. As a reporter, he covered the civil war in Spain, Musolini-era Italy, and reported from London during the Battle of Britain. Minifie became a fixture in Canadian radio and television news coverage, a familiar and trusted voice, as well as a noted author.

In June 1980, the James M. Minifie Fund was set up to help support the School of Journalism at the University of Regina. The fund has provided the school with modern facilities for classes in all aspects of journalism. Tax deductible donations are welcome -- for details please contact the Head of the School of Journalism.

View past Minifie lectures

Read a transcript of Ayed's lecture