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Scanning for stories: Behind the scenes working overnight camera
5 years ago

Scanning for stories: Behind the scenes working overnight camera

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.

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Freelance: How to do it right
5 years ago

Freelance: How to do it right

The Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association presents "Freelance: How to do it right." This event features a panel of established freelance journalists that will discuss the ins and outs of freelancing. The comprehensive discussion will cover everything from how to make the perfect pitch to managing your finances as an independent journalist. Panelists include: John Lorinc (senior editor at Spacing Magazine, freelancer and author), Derek Finkle (founder of the Canadian Writers Group), Lauren McKeon (editor at This Magazine), and moderated by David Topping (freelancer for The Grid, The Globe and Mail and the National Post).

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How to cover the logistical beast that is the Olympics
5 years ago

How to cover the logistical beast that is the Olympics

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.

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What I learned during my Olympics internship at Yahoo
5 years ago

What I learned during my Olympics internship at Yahoo

While covering the Olympics in a foreign country presents logistical challenges, working at home in Canada to manage the deluge of content coming in from the Sochi Games had its own set of challenges. Ryerson journalism student Alex Chippin shares what he learned on his internship at Yahoo Canada Sports. 

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The Canadian Securities Course: pricey endeavour or valuable investment for journalists?
6 years ago

The Canadian Securities Course: pricey endeavour or valuable investment for journalists?

With a starting cost of $985, the Canadian Securities Course is a large investment. J-Source spoke with several business journalists to see if the course is worth the time and money.

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How to butcher your students’ writing…nicely
6 years ago

How to butcher your students’ writing…nicely

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.

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My morning with Nelson Mandela
6 years ago

My morning with Nelson Mandela

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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The story I never really told and the guilt I felt
6 years ago

The story I never really told and the guilt I felt

In journalism school, you learn about responsible journalism: It’s important to think critically, be accurate and tell fair and balanced stories. And keeping the facts straight shows respect to sources who share news in good faith. But in my limited experience I have found those principles are only starting points for truly responsible journalism, writes Western University grad Jacob Kuehn.  

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Toronto’s Watergate? The inside scoop on how the media exposed Rob Ford
6 years ago

Toronto’s Watergate? The inside scoop on how the media exposed Rob Ford

Meet the journalists responsible for the biggest story to ever come out of Toronto City Hall. Hear how they did it and what’s next. This will be a lively panel discussion followed by a Q&A. Participants: Michael Cooke: Editor, Toronto Star; Robyn Doolittle: City Hall Reporter, Toronto Star; Andrew Coyne: Columnist, National Post; Greg McArthur: National Reporter, Globe and Mail. Moderated by Ben Peterson: CEO, Newsana. Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET. 

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Crossing the line? The controversy sparked by Carol Todd’s blog post

The Vancouver Sun won the 2013 Jack Webster Award for Best Reporting of the Year in Print for its coverage of Amanda Todd—who committed suicide after posting a video detailing being bullied. But a blog post by Todd’s mother, Carol, that described how the Sun's stories came about raised eyebrows in the journalism community. Then the blog post was edited and later removed entirely. Mount Royal University journalism professor Brad Clark spoke to J-Source about the ethical concerns.

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