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Urban Planner: January 31, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: a panel tackles innovation in journalism, a new art exhibition from Andy Kittmer, and a silent auction to benefit Syrian refugees.

Today, a silent photography auction to benefit Syrian refugees. Photo by Lynsey Addario.

Today, a silent photography auction to benefit Syrian refugees. Photo by Lynsey Addario.

JOURNALISM: “Journalism, Disrupted: How to Create Media Innovation” is a talk about how (and what) traditional media companies can learn from tech startups. On the panel will be Zach Seward, senior editor at Quartz; Michael De Monte, CEO of ScribbleLive; and David Skok, director of digital media for Global News. The event will be moderated by Marissa Nelson, acting director of digital media for CBC News and Centres. TMX Broadcast Centre, The Exchange Tower (130 King Street West), 7 p.m., $25.

ART: A new exhibition from Andy Kittmer brings his vibrant images of tattoo and skating culture to Hashtag Gallery. Bad Blood explores how society stigmatizes people based on how they look, their addictions, and their opinions. Each piece depicts a “deep state of emotion frozen in time.” Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas Street West), opening reception 7 p.m.–11:30 p.m., FREE.

AUCTION: Once I Was Here is a silent-auction benefit for Syrian refugees, where bidders will be able to walk away with prints by 33 of the world’s top front-line photojournalists. The photos can be viewed on the event’s Facebook page. Among the participating photographers are Mirian Abdelaziz, Robin Hammond, and Jason P. Howe. Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue), 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., FREE (donations welcomed at door).

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