Get an exclusive look at how the Star broke the Rob Ford scandal


In May 2013, Canada’s largest daily newspaper published startling allegations regarding a video that purportedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. Today, the scandal-plagued politician has become an international media sensation and the Toronto Star continues to lead the charge in covering the now-notorious mayor.

Editor Michael Cooke and investigative reporter Kevin Donovan will share their behind-the-scenes insights on how the paper got the scoop on the scandal at City Hall during a special Investigative Journalism panel at INK+BEYOND in Charlottetown on Friday, May 30.


Go behind the headlines and hear how the Star is changing its newsroom culture by inserting itself into the story to expose the truth and instigate change.

Cooke and Donovan join an impressive lineup of media experts from around the world at Canada’s national newspaper conference this spring. 

The official program will feature keynote presentations, plenary sessions and workshops covering a variety of topics for all newspaper departments including management, editorial, sales and circulation.

View the INK+BEYOND 2014 conference schedule »

The two-day industry event also features a robust trade show, numerous networking events and galas for the National Newspaper Awards, the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards, the Great Idea Awards and more.

Registration is now open; to learn more, visit