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5 books to whet journalism students’ appetites
4 years ago

5 books to whet journalism students’ appetites

Once you earn that hard-won job, you will be too busy doing journalism to read or even think deeply about capital-J journalism. Books Editor Dan Rowe recommends five books that may or may not appear one of your syllabi, but that you should read anyway.

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Book Review: Killer Weed argues the news media have stoked “grow-op mania”
4 years ago

Book Review: Killer Weed argues the news media have stoked “grow-op mania”

Ian Mulgrew, a Vancouver Sun columnist and author of a book about Canada’s marijuana industry, reviews Killer Weed, a new academic study that claims newspapers in Vancouver and Victoria have uncritically hyped public health and safety concerns related to marijuana grow-ops. 

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Book Review: Digital Currents explores how online news is changing television
5 years ago

Book Review: Digital Currents explores how online news is changing television

Drawing from extensive interviews with more than 100 key players in Canadian and British broadcast newsrooms, Rena Bivens’s Digital Currents is rich with insider examples and perspectives on the roadblocks and the rewards of making TV news in the digital age. Concordia University’s Corrine Smith reviews the book.

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Dan Rowe is J-Source’s new book review editor
5 years ago

Dan Rowe is J-Source’s new book review editor

Dan Rowe, coordinator of Humber College’s Bachelor of Journalism program and former Quill & Quire news editor, takes over the book review section.

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Book Review: Verification Handbook is a must-read for all digital journalists
5 years ago

Book Review: Verification Handbook is a must-read for all digital journalists

Edited by Craig Silverman, the founder and editor of Regret the Error, The Verification Handbook contains case studies written by various journalists working in digital media. The book is easy to read, with parts of it resembling a Storify piece with embedded tweets and photos to illustrate points, writes Diana Pereira. 

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Book Review: Guerilla Nation brings to life the challenges faced by the first western journalist reporting from North Vietnam
5 years ago

Book Review: Guerilla Nation brings to life the challenges faced by the first western journalist reporting from North Vietnam

Michael Maclear is not as well-known as he should be, writes David Common, host of CBC’s World Report, in this review of the journalist’s latest book Guerilla Nation. But that’s a shame because Maclear’s tales of North Vietnam, as well as his struggles with Canada’s public broadcaster, are riveting.

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Book Review: Amanda Lindhout’s A House in the Sky came at too high a cost
5 years ago

Book Review: Amanda Lindhout’s A House in the Sky came at too high a cost

Stephen Puddicombe, a veteran CBC reporter with 15 years of experience working as a conflict zone reporter, says Lindhout’s book about her kidnapping in Somalia concerns him. He worries about the future of journalism when we put people on pedestals for being reckless in the field, however well meaning.

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Book review: Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis: Pioneer Journalist of the Canadian West
5 years ago

Book review: Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis: Pioneer Journalist of the Canadian West

In her new book, University of Alberta professor Patricia Demers examines the legacy of Miriam Green Ellis, an all-but-forgotten agricultural reporter from the Prairies who refused to be confined to the "women's pages." J-Source Agricultural Editor Mary Baxter writes Demers should be lauded for her eye-opening book. 

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Review: A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter’s Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring

Two years after covering the Arab Spring, CBC reporter Nahlah Ayed's memoir has been released in paperback with a new epilogue chronicling the civil war in Syria and her return to Tahrir Square. A Thousand Farewells offers a valuable perspective for journalists.

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