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Prorogation + Resignation = Consternation: How the Toronto Star handled McGuinty’s bombshell

Dalton McGuinty's surprise resignation and prorogation of the Ontario legislature left newsrooms nationwide scrambling. So how did the Toronto Star manage to pull together six comprehensive pages of coverage in a matter of hours? The Star's news editor, Jonathan P. Kuehlein, shares the story here in J-Source.

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On reporting from the 1972 Summit Series

Like millions of Canadians Robert Lewis remembers exactly where he was when Paul Henderson scored the goal that won the 1972 Summit Series for Canada against the Soviet Union: In the stands at Moscow’s Luzhniki Ice Palace, reporting for Time magazine.

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On the ground on 9/11: A journalist remembers

Documentary producer David Giddens was in New York, working on a different assignment, when the twin towers fell. Here, for J-Source, he shares his memories of covering one of the biggest stories ever—and his opinion on how the U.S. media failed to do their job in the aftermath of 9/11.
 

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The ethics of gender sensitivity

When Toronto Star reporter Peter Edwards profiled a jail guard who underwent sex reassignment surgery, Edwards struggled with more than just which pronoun to use. In this week's column, he offers a first-person account of the issues behind the copy.

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From free brunch to naked men: What I learned about sports reporting

Steve Ladurantaye has covered a lot of stories from flakey TV stars to competition in the real estate industry.  But this was his first time covering a sporting event. Here is what he learned while covering last weekend’s Toronto Argonauts game.

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Global journalists mentor media in Liberia

Think your working conditions are tough? Laurel Clark, a journalist with Global Edmonton, recently returned from Monrovia, Liberia, where she and a Global colleague were mentoring Liberian journalists at a local television station. Somewhere between her admiration for the Liberian journalists’ dedication and lamenting their lack of funding, Clark found a new appreciation for practicing journalism in Canada.

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How to turn an internship into a journalism job

A journalism internship is like a first date; it can be a horrendous nightmare you’d rather forget or the beginning of something great. But how do you persuade your bosses you’re worth it and land a highly-coveted job? Angelina Irinici found out how six young journalists did just that.

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From #manifencours to #manifenbars: The Montreal student protests as told by Justin Ling

Justin Ling has been covering the Montreal student protests for a while — long enough to have seen the violence against journalists and to have been arrested and released (in a very public manner). What has it been like as a freelance journalist covering the protests? He gives his first-person account.

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Saving Face: Changing the world through storytelling

For Oscar-winning documentary maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, making films is a way to promote social change. In this exclusive interview for J-Source, she tells Sneha Kulkarni it's not the awards that matter, but the lives you change.

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As it happens: Tweeting from the Rafferty murder trial

In the second part of a J-Source series on covering the Michael Rafferty trial, an inside look at using Twitter in the courtroom. James Armstrong from Global News is one of the many journalists tweeting testimony. So how do you keep journalistic checks, balances, and integrity in check–and decide in a matter of seconds what horrific details of an 8-year-old's alleged rape and murder to share with the public? It's just as challenging as it sounds.

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