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CBC Correspondent Derek Stoffel to speak at University of Regina

Posted: October 5, 2015 2:00 p.m.

 CBC’s Middle East Bureau Chief, Derek Stoffel, will deliver a lecture called “Staying in the Field: Why Face-to-Face Journalism Matters.”
CBC’s Middle East Bureau Chief, Derek Stoffel, will deliver a lecture called “Staying in the Field: Why Face-to-Face Journalism Matters.” Photo courtesy of Derek Stoffel.

The University of Regina’s School of Journalism will welcome CBC News Middle East Bureau Chief Derek Stoffel to deliver the 35th annual James M. Minifie Lecture on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Stoffel is the first J-School graduate to be invited to present the School’s annual flagship lecture.

Based in Jerusalem, Stoffel has delivered stories from across the Middle East. He has covered the impact of the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Syria and has also reported on conflicts between Israeli and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Stoffel has previously reported from the CBC’s bureaus in Washington and London, and from the CBC’s English language headquarters in Toronto, in addition to working as a freelance journalist.

His work has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including a Gold Medal from the New York Festivals in 2013 shared with colleague Margaret Evans, and three awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association of Canada.

Stoffel will deliver a lecture entitled “Staying in the Field: Why Face-to-Face Journalism Matters.”

“I’m honoured to be the first graduate of the School of Journalism to deliver the Minifie Lecture,” says Stoffel. “I’m also excited to be coming home to talk about the importance of working in the field. The U of R was the first place where I went out to do face-to-face journalism. And as we see a decline in field-based journalism, I’m looking forward to talking about why we need reporters out in our communities, now more than ever.”

The annual Minifie Lecture is presented in honour of Saskatchewan journalist James M. Minifie (1900-1974), one of Canada’s most respected journalists. In 1980 the James M. Minifie fund was established in support of the School of Journalism at the University of Regina. Now in its 35th year, the high-profile Minifie lecture series invites leading Canadian journalists to address crucial issues in the field of journalism. Previous lecturers have included foreign correspondent and author Nahlah Ayed (2014), columnist and political commentator Chantal Hebert (2012), CBC News Senior Correspondent Terry Milewski (2009) and CTV National News anchor Lloyd Robertson (1997).

The presentation takes place Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Auditorium at the University of Regina. There is no admission and the public is invited to attend.