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What I learned during my Olympics internship at Yahoo
6 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
7 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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Catching a break in Nairobi: How two Canadian freelancers covered the Westgate mall shooting
7 years ago

Catching a break in Nairobi: How two Canadian freelancers covered the Westgate mall shooting

Two recent Canadian journalism graduates, dreaming of careers as international journalists, caught the break of a lifetime while on fellowships with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.

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A journalist’s guide to searching on Twitter

Sun Media's national community manager Monique Beech offers her advice on how to search through tweets and the multiple search options. 

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10 tips for the savvy environmental journalist

Science and environmental issues can be challenging for the public to understand due to the technical language and complexity, so journalists should act as translators by using clear, concise language and relevant examples to explain the science and the issues. Here are 10 tips by environmental writer Stephen Leahy. 

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