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Jun 05, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A J-Source reader asked for advice on jump-starting a career as a freelance journalist. Rebecca Collard, a Canadian freelancer working in the Middle East and North Africa, shares her tips. This series is a collaboration between J-Source and the Canadian Association of Journalists.

Apr 28, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A Toronto student journalist asks what the essential tools are in a journalist’s bag. As Carl Meyer, foreign affairs reporter at Embassy Newspaper, writes, the tools range from must-have gadgets to the attitude and critical thinking you need to bring. 

Mar 24, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A J-Source reader asked what he should look for in a freelance contract to make sure it is fair. Rebecca Collard, a Canadian freelance journalist working in the Middle East and North Africa, says understanding the business side of freelancing is sometimes the toughest part of the job and shares her advice. 

Mar 13, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A J-Source reader asked for advice covering police, fire and other emergency-related stories. Hugo Rodrigues, the CAJ president, shares his advice for following the story after it hits your scanners. 

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A reader from Alberta asks if he should hold out until he’s in his 30s to land a well-paying journalism gig or if he should jump ship now and move onto another industry that pays better and has more job security. CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues responds to this latest Ask a Mentor question.

Feb 14, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

When Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale launched his lawsuit against Mayor Rob Ford and said he would continue to report on the city hall beat, a J-Source reader asked if it was acceptable to write about a source you’re suing. Shauna Snow-Capparelli, a member of the CAJ’s national Ethics Advisory Committee, responds. 

Jan 27, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A reader asked for advice in determining when something is in the public interest. Canadian Association of Journalists member Jim Bronskill, a Canadian Press reporter, says a guiding principle is to pursue stories that resonate with the public because they hold governments and officials accountable. 

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Journalism student Nick Westoll asked for advice speaking to victims of crime or families of victims. Canadian Association of Journalists member Kim Bolan, an experienced crime reporter at the Vancouver Sun responded, saying while talking to family of victims can be daunting, it's a part of your job, so don’t be afraid.

Dec 06, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Got a question? The Canadian Association of Journalists will consult its members across the country to find the appropriate expert to craft a response to your question, which will then be posted on J-Source.

Apr 11, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Nearing his 45th anniversary at The CBC, Peter Mansbridge explains how he came to be a journalist. 

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