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Field Notes

SABAR introduces free terminology guidebook for reporting on Aboriginal issues

There are many nuances to covering Aboriginal issues that a lot of journalists aren't aware of, but now there's a new resource that can help solve that problem. Eric Mark Do has details on a terminology guidebook for reporting on Aboriginal topics designed to give instant access to information and help build ties to First Nations communities.

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20 years out of j-school: Comparing journalism past and present

Twenty years ago, field notes editor Nicole Blanchett Neheli graduated from Ryerson's journalism program. News practice has changed remarkably between now and then. Here, she looks at the past, present and future of an industry trying to grapple with a rapidly changing media landscape and lots of uncharted territory.

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10 tips for covering funerals
7 years ago

10 tips for covering funerals

The Ottawa Citizen’s Matthew Pearson recently covered the funeral of Ottawa bus crash victim Karen Krzyzewski. He shares his advice for reporting on such events.

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How CBC covered the Ottawa train crash
7 years ago

How CBC covered the Ottawa train crash

Jane Anido, managing director for CBC Ottawa, explains how the newsroom collaborated to tell the fast-developing story of Ottawa train crash and the challenges they encountered along the way. 

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Back to school: How to succeed at an internship in a city you’ve never been to before
7 years ago

Back to school: How to succeed at an internship in a city you’ve never been to before

Recent Ryerson grad Rhiannon Russell spent the summer working at the Telegraph-Journal in Saint John, New Brunswick, and shares some tips on surviving (and thriving) at an internship in a new city.  

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Back to school: Want to work overseas? Do your research

Many journalism students dream of working overseas, but Lily Martin turned fantasy into reality. How? Research. Here in J-Source she explains how being able to find people and information–especially through social media–makes you an asset abroad, and why you need to do your research before you pack your bags.

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Back to school: How to land a job out of j-school

Wondering how to land a coveted job out of j-school? CBC's Justin Grant explains how he went from the clasroom, to an internship, to a job in a newsroom within weeks of graduation, and shares some tips on surviving in the real world.

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The challenges of investigative reporting as a freelancer
7 years ago

The challenges of investigative reporting as a freelancer

Even though her reporting on egg donors was subsidized, Alison Motluk says she lost money writing her Maisonneuve article. She doesn't regret it — her piece did win the CAJ’s magazine award, after all — but says there are many challenges to undertaking investigative reporting as a freelancer.

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Spec on the Spot: Newspaper takes reporting back to the basics
7 years ago

Spec on the Spot: Newspaper takes reporting back to the basics

Hamilton Spectator assignment editor Nicole MacIntyre wanted to give her reporters a chance to explore their city. So, she asked them to choose a spot on a city map blindfolded and off they went. The mission: find a newsworthy story within a one-kilometre radius.

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Inside the Canadian military journalism course
7 years ago

Inside the Canadian military journalism course

The military is a complex institution with hierarchies and rules that place it in a world of its own. But as Lola Fakinlede found out, there’s somewhere certain aspiring journalists can go to learn first-hand about how to cover the military. She gives insight on her experience of spending nine days embedded in the Canadian Military Journalism Course in Alberta, learning from experienced journalists and army veterans. 

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