More than 10,000 people attended the meeting to learn about how to be more effective journalists.
The topics were: How to manage your time, whether you can handle pressure from editors, how to stay on top of social media and what you need to know about the media landscape.
“It’s a great opportunity for all of us to look back on this as a period of great learning for the profession,” said Kevin J. Dutton, executive director of the Association of Canadian Journalists.
“It’s also an opportunity for us to ask the hard questions, as we all have to be.
And I think the answers are pretty obvious.”
The meeting comes after the Liberal government announced it will hire more journalists in 2018, including 30 in Quebec, and boost the number of posts posted on social media by twofold.
The new policy was announced last year, but it hasn’t been implemented yet.
The Liberal government says it’s aiming to double the number from its current 10,600 to 40,000 by 2020, with the goal of doubling the number by 2021.
The Liberals also want to increase the number who work full time to 30 per cent from 20 per cent.
But critics argue that while the Liberals are seeking to increase its staff by one-third, they’re not adding enough staff to ensure that they’re truly meeting their objectives.
“The Liberals are doubling down on the same failed strategy that’s made them into a laughingstock in this country,” said former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
“They’re doubling down, doubling down and doubling down.
They’re doubling up and doubling up.”
The Liberals have also been touting the growth in jobs created under the Liberals as proof that they are delivering on their promises.
But the Liberals themselves have acknowledged that the job numbers don’t reflect the real job creation.
And in May, the government said that the Liberals have lost more than 100,000 full-time jobs since the election.
But a new study published Wednesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows that the actual number of jobs lost since the Liberals won power is significantly higher.
“This is really an opportunity to look at how the Liberals and the Conservatives have fared relative to the expectations people had for them,” said CCA executive director Adam Giambrone.
“And it’s really hard to be optimistic about the outcome of that.”
The CCPA report also found that the Harper government has lost the most jobs in the country.
The NDP’s jobless rate has dropped from 15.5 per cent in 2011 to 12.9 per cent this year, while the Liberal rate is 12.5 points higher.
The NDP, however, has an even bigger lead over the Liberals on job creation than the Liberals, with just over 10,800 jobs created compared to the Liberals’ 8,800.