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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.
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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.
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Nearing his 45th anniversary at The CBC, Peter Mansbridge explains how he came to be a journalist.
Q: I cover the court beat for a weekly newspaper. Recently,
the editor of a competing paper was charged with impaired driving and
failure/refusing to provide a breath sample. There has been some debate in the
newsroom about whether there is an obligation to cover this or if doing so is
more "gotcha" than it is newsworthy. As a court reporter in a small
town, I have written about people I know, their family members and even someone
connected to my own family. Now I am faced with the question of covering a
colleague's trial that could end their job in the community. Do I write the
story? Answer by Don Sellar, former Toronto Star ombud.
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