Canadian journalist Chantal Hébert to deliver the 32nd Annual James M. Minifie Lecture

News Release Release Date: January 23, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Canadian journalist Chantal Hébert will deliver the University of Regina, School of Journalism's 2012 Annual James M. Minifie Lecture on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., in the University Theatre at the Dr. William Riddell Centre. The title of her lecture is “Missing the forest for the trees: a look at the state of political coverage in the social media era.”

Hébert is a weekly participant on the political panel At Issue on CBC’s The National and a national affairs writer with the Toronto Star. A graduate of Glendon College, York University, Hébert began her journalism career in Toronto before moving on to Parliament Hill for Radio-Canada and serving as parliamentary bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse.

With 35 years of experience as a journalist, Hébert has won an APEX Public Service Award, the Hy Solomon Award for Excellence in Journalism and Public Policy as well as the York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Award Bryden Alumni award.

The lecture is named after one of Canada's most courageous and acclaimed journalists. Born in Burton-on-Trent, England in 1900, James Minifie was the son of a hay and feed dealer who joined the adventurous pioneers after emigrating from England to Vanguard, Saskatchewan in 1909.

After serving in Europe for the Canadian Army during the First World War at the age of 16, Minifie returned to Canada and attended Regina College, forerunner of the University of Regina. He went on to study at the University of Saskatchewan, Oriel College at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and finished his education at the Sorbonne in Paris. Minifie then began his journalism career in 1929 when he joined the staff of the New York Herald Tribune.

Minifie had a long association with the CBC as its Washington correspondent. For 15 years, first on radio, then on television, he built up a large following of devoted listeners. He wrote several highly regarded books before being overtaken by illness in 1968. He died in 1974.

In June of 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. Previous Minifie lecturers include: Anna Maria Tremonti, Adrienne Clarkson, Peter Gzowski, Peter Mansbridge, Kevin Newman, Lloyd Robertson and Pamela Wallin.

The event is free to the public. Free parking is available in Lot 15, "M" area.