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Field Notes

Putting the story above the storytelling

Web producer Heather Loney describes how digital journalists need to stay focused on the story, not contribute to the "noise" of digital content.

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From the ground up: Building the SUN News Network
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From the ground up: Building the SUN News Network

Dayna Gourley has worked in television news for over 15 years, but helping to launch the Sun News Network could be the biggest challenge she's ever faced.

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Focusing on Jack Layton: How working in smaller markets prepared one reporter to cover one of the biggest stories of the year

CBC Videographer Charlsie Agro was called up from Windsor to work in Toronto this summer. Little did she know she'd be covering one of the biggest stories of the year, the death of NDP leader Jack Layton. What did Agro learn? Market size doesn't matter when it comes to the essential skills of journalism.

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My first summer job in news

David Hedley’s first job at a community newspaper in 1980 dashed any illusions his younger-self had about the glory of work as a journalist. It also taught the future Calgary Herald web producer the importance of multi-tasking — and truth.

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Beam me up Scotty: The struggle to cover health and science in daily news

CTV Health Reporter Karen Owen shares the challenges of covering highly complicated health and science stories within the confines of television news.
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A riot just broke out. Now what?

When the Canucks lost the cup, reporters covering the game found themselves in the middle of a riot. Dana Lacey tells us how two Vancouver newsrooms, The Province and Global TV BC, pushed information out to readers, in real time, despite tear gas, press-targeted violence and countless dead batteries.
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The bear facts: A local story goes viral, and speaks volumes about the state of broadcast news

In 2009 the story of a bear sighting in Cleveland became world famous. Not because of the bear, but because of the way the story was covered. Field Notes editor Nicole Blanchett Neheli talks to FOX reporter Todd Meany about news satire gone awry — and a story that lives on, online. 
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Global News liveblogs from frontlines of Afghanistan

Global News pulled a first-ever last night when it liveblogged from the frontlines of Afghanistan for an hour.
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The bear facts: A local story goes viral, and speaks volumes about the state of broadcast news

In 2009 the story of a bear sighting in Cleveland became world famous. Not because of the bear, but because of the way the story was covered. Field Notes editor Nicole Blanchett Neheli talks to FOX reporter Todd Meany about news satire gone awry — and a story that lives on, online. 

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Five questions for Patrick Brown

Patrick
Brown is this year’s Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Lifetime
Achievement Award winner. After being selected from more than 50
nominations, he’ll receive the award at tonight’s 14th annual awards
gala. We caught up with the former CBC foreign correspondent to talk
about stories in a quick-hit news environment, what role long-form
broadcasting will play in the future, and, also, the role of foreign
correspondents in a Twitter world.

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