Field Notes

May 13, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Teaching Gen Ys is a challenge. First off, you have to capture their attention when students can access myriad interesting conversations and games on their computers and phones while you natter on at the front of the classroom. And often, it seems like you’re in a room full of people who have high expectations about getting good grades but little interest in working on assignments. So how can you engage these multitasking millenials?

Apr 29, 2014 - Posted by Nicole Blanchett Neheli

When most of Toronto is fast asleep, CBC's Tony Smyth is scanning the airwaves for the next big story. Eric Mark Do gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be a camera operator capturing local news in the dark of night.

Mar 27, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Carleton University journalism students undertook an ambitious project to data map all the funding announced in 2013 by the federal government. J-Source publisher and Carleton journalism professor Christopher Waddell explains how his students worked with CBC to complete the project and the bumps along the road and his students write about the challenges they encountered.

Mar 10, 2014 - Posted by Nicole Blanchett Neheli

What was it like to be part of the CBC machine covering the Olympics? David Common reflects on reporting from the ground in Sochi and the logistical beast that is the Winter Games.

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Nicole Blanchett Neheli

Time consuming, crazy-making and a vital tool for investigative reporting: Anna Mehler Paperny, senior producer of's investigative data desk, explains the ins and outs of data-driven journalism and why more journalists should be crunching numbers.

Jan 07, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Did your journalism student turn in a cringe-worthy headline? Completely missed the point in the nut graf? You may not think you can nicely butcher a student's story, but Sheridan College's Nicole Blanchett Neheli seems to have mastered that impossible task and shares her tips.

Dec 09, 2013 - Posted by Nicole Blanchett Neheli

Many journalists have worked on a Nelson Mandela story, far fewer are lucky enough to have met him. Michael Smith shares his personal brush with greatness, and describes how Mandela left an impression that will last a lifetime.

Dec 09, 2013 - Posted by Nicole Blanchett Neheli
Simon Jones in the field

Trying to improve your storytelling or looking for some tips on how to kick your camera work up a notch? Look no further than Canadian Broadcasters—a Facebook group created by two photojournalists that's crowdsourcing constructive critiques. Simon Jones explains why.

Nov 26, 2013 - Posted by Cecil Rosner

A multi-year battle for the release of records relating to the death of children in care finally enabled reporters Karen Kleiss of the Edmonton Journal and Darcy Henton of the Calgary Herald to report an investigative series on the death of 145 children in Alberta. Kleiss reports how they got this story. 

Nov 21, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Like many foreign correspondents, World Report host David Common is always looking for creative solutions to the trickiest technical quandaries in the field. He explains how he worked during his recent trip to the Philippines covering the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. 

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Field Notes


We get the stories behind the stories from journalists in the field. Nicole Blanchett Neheli is the Co-ordinator of the Journalism Broadcast Program at the Sheridan Institute of Technology. She formerly worked as a news producer and writer at Citytv in Toronto, and is currently researching participatory journalism: Redefining Journalism