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Stories that whisper, instead of screaming
6 years ago

Stories that whisper, instead of screaming

For a seven-day stretch, TC Media writers filed stories from their communities that sought to capture small yet poignant moments.
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Letting long-dead people tell their own stories in Canada’s History
6 years ago

Letting long-dead people tell their own stories in Canada’s History

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A recent cover story in Canada’s History showcases 17 first-hand accounts of “what it’s like” to be in that moment.
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What happened inside Parliament Hill during the Ottawa shooting: Q&A with Justin Ling
6 years ago

What happened inside Parliament Hill during the Ottawa shooting: Q&A with Justin Ling

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Justin Ling, a freelance journalist in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, was locked inside the cafeteria for hours after shots were fired on Parliament Hill last week.
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Behind the scenes: How journalists covered the Ottawa attack from the streets and in the newsroom

Canadian news coverage of the Ottawa attack has been praised around the world for its restraint in the face of terror, many being lockdown or out of their newsrooms, as well as conflicting and confusing information on social media. So how did newsrooms cover the attack?
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6 reasons why interviewing streeters is awesome
6 years ago

6 reasons why interviewing streeters is awesome

Talking with non-officials and non-experts about their experiences is one of the best parts of being a reporter. Yes, it can be tough. But here are six reasons to keep reaching out to them. 

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Why are grants funding freelancers so vital?
6 years ago

Why are grants funding freelancers so vital?

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. 

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How Sheridan students ended up shortlisted for a Data Journalism Award
6 years ago

How Sheridan students ended up shortlisted for a Data Journalism Award

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?

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Scanning for stories: Behind the scenes working overnight camera
6 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
6 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
6 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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