Field Notes

Aug 19, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The biggest lesson Graeme Bruce learned covering slow-moving flood waters in Manitoba’s southwestern region? Have a sharper plan.

Jul 24, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Ann Silversides wouldn’t have been able to fly north and dig deeply into Nunavut’s nursing crisis were it not for a grant funding her work. 

Jul 24, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

McCann replaces Nicole Blanchett Neheli, who is J-Source’s new executive video editor.

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.

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Field Notes

Edited by Julie McCann

This section features behind-the-scenes stories from journalists in the field.

Julie McCann is a full-time journalism professor at Algonquin College, in Ottawa, where she has worked since 2003. Previously, she was a staff writer at National Post Business and Marketing magazines and a contributor to Chatelaine, Canadian Geographic, Applied Arts, The Gazette and the Ottawa Citizen, among others. She is also the co-founder of Glue, a student-focused city magazine produced by Algonquin journalism and advertising students.