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Getting the story wrong

Hayden Kenez tuned in to NewsTalk 1010 last week only to hear Christie Blatchford tell the world he called her a douchebag. How one student journalist learned the hard way how damaging the media can be when they get the story wrong.

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Calling all science writers

The Canada Foundation for Innovation is now accepting applications for the CFI Emerging Science Journalists Award. Winners receive funding for an in-depth story they've pitched.

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How to be a journalist in 2011

One young journalist realizes that though jobs may be scarce, opportunities are everywhere.

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Briarpatch launches writing contest

Briarpatch is pleased to announce our first annual creative writing contest! We are now accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing in the categories of short fiction and creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay, literary journalism). With award-winning author Lee Maracle as our judge and $600 in cash prizes to give away, this opportunity is not to be missed! The deadline for entry is December 1, 2011. For full contest details check out

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Call for submissions: Speak Magazine

It's that time of year again: Speak magazine's annual call for submissions. This year Speak is being headed by the University of Regina's jhr Chapter, with support from faculty and students from the University of Regina's School of Journalism and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Speak is an annual human rights magazine published by jhr (Journalists for Human Rights) that focuses on a different theme each year. University students across Canada contribute articles and one university is chosen to edit and produce the magazine.

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The Rights Check-up: first edition podcast

A group of Concordia journalism students delve into the role social media and journalism can play in preventing mass atrocities and genocide in the premier edition of this Journalists for Human Rights "Rights Check-up" podcast. This podcast was originally broadcast on

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A new fellowship for foreign reporting

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship which will provide major funding to a journalist each year who wants to pursue a major story overseas. 

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Five questions for Duncan McCue

University of British Columbia graduate school j-prof Duncan McCue is spearheading the school's brand new, one-of-a-kind journalism course, "Reporting in Indigenous Communities". Developed in partnership with several B.C. aboriginal communities, the course is designed to elevate Canada's not-so-great coverage of aboriginal issues. We caught up with the award-winning CBC journalist and Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation member, to talk about the course, what's with all the ignorance, plus common pitfalls for journalists reporting on aboriginal communities and issues.

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Just another schmuck with a camera

To celebrate our new partnership with the Langara Journalism Review, an all-journalism publication from B.C.-based Langara College's j-program, we're featuring the 2011 cover story on photojournalist Andy Clark. Clark may say he's just another schmuck with a camera, but as Langara writer Leasa Hachey writes, he also gets the shot nobody else does. Read on for a taste of what great stuff you can expect from Langara this school year – especially with a new website on the way.

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Brought to you by J-Source: The top 27 books every j-student should read

After you're done checking out all the sites on our primer, take a break from the web, and get back into school-mode with a good book. We asked J-Source readers for their picks then added a few of our own. You'll find some old staples on the list, some new, and, even better, some Canadian. Tell us what we missed and we'll mark it as a new addition and add it to the list.

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