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Apr 22, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The Barbie fascination, the I-team obsession and the musician. If you haven’t yet picked up May issue of the Toronto Life, you’ll want to: Front cover: a sweaty Rob Ford; Inside profile: Toronto Star editor-in-chief Michael Cooke, definitely not sweaty. It’s definitely a juicy issue with lots of interesting tidbits for journalists.

Apr 09, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

How much information should journalists tell the public about the gritty existence of once-public people who now face a long disability or death? How carefully do you examine the motivations of a family member who gives you access to their disabled loved one to promote a cause? How closely should the journalist examine where any contributions might go if the public decides to help?

Aug 22, 2012 - Posted by Belinda Alzner

Looking for resources to use in the classroom to help you teach the foundations of our craft? Here, Mary McGuire lays out a curated list of tools and resources for teaching the following subjects:

  • Reporting
  • Writing
  • Interviewing
  • Ethics
Mar 16, 2011 - Posted by Dana Lacey

Five websites offer time-strapped journos quick access to sources, The International Journalists' Network reports. 

Sep 03, 2008 - Posted by Laura Stone
Considering summer JUST officially ended, it may be early yet to start thinking about next summer's job.

Then again, maybe not.

A lot of internships begin asking for applications in the fall, and start interviewing before winter break. Although a clean application (read: no typos) is essential, it's really the interview that counts. Northwestern University's Medill journalism school has some great tips on what to say, how to act, and even what to wear on the big day.

Might want to start practicing now- then again, maybe not.

May 12, 2008 - Posted by Abby Goodrum
The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has prepared these tip sheets for interviews that require extra care on the part of a journalist. The three links below provide useful help and ideas for the following situations: interviewing people with disabilities, interviewing people from other groups and interviewing victims of human rights abuses.
MDI - Interviewing people with disabilities
MDI - Interviewing people from other groups (PDF)
MDI - Interviewing victims of traumatic human rights abuses
Aug 16, 2007 - Posted by Mary McGuire
NPR's project called Teenage Diaries on National Public Radio included a website with lots of tips for people about producing good radio stories. This page is the list of tips for conducting effective interviews.
Jun 08, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
John Sawatsky's seminars on interviewing are legendary. An piece takes a look at Sawatsky's role both at ESPN and as a lecturer. A feature for the American Journalism Review goes into further detail.
Apr 26, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
Jeff Jarvis at says that "the interview is outmoded and needs to be rethought," citing e-mail, blogs and wikis as potentially valid means of obtaining a person's words.
Oct 02, 2006 - Posted by Heather McCall
E-mail, Blackberries and text-messenging are all standard tools for journalists. Stephen Miller's new book, Conversation: A History of a Declining Art discusses ideas and concerns about general conversation that may be of use to reporters doing interviews. In an interview with Kenneth Whyte for Maclean's, Miller said: "I argue that face-to-face conversation is the ideal form of conversation because you have nuance, you have gesture, you have tone. Phone conversation is second-best, and electronic conversation is bad in general, because things go awry in emails."
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