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Field Notes

Exposing Canada’s back door: How a King’s journalism class got an NNA nomination for their investigation into P.E.I’s cash-for-residency immigration policy

J-Source goes behind the story of the National Newspaper Award-nominated story “Cashing In: Inside PEI’s Controversial Immigrant Partner Programs.” Laura Armstrong, a graduate of University of King’s College journalism program and deputy editor for “Cashing In,” explains how their student investigative workshop exposed the inner workings of the province's immigration program.

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Are journalists shitbags? (Or, how to avoid sensationalism)

Renee Wilson was surprised to hear someone describe journalists as "shitbags" at a recent conference, and grew concerned when that statement was backed up with plenty of examples of subpar shock journalism being passed off as news. Here in J-Source, she explores a solution for sensationalism: "genuine conversation."

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There is ‘no such thing as an uninteresting or insignificant life’ – excerpt from Sandra Martin’s Working the Dead Beat

You may think chronicling the lives of the dead is either the first or the last job you could have on a newspaper. But after years of writing obituaries for The Globe and MailSandra Martin argues that it taught her there’s “no such thing as an uninteresting or insignificant life.”  Martin reflects on how she applied her journalistic approach, pushing for context, insight into strangers’ lives, in her new book, Working the Dead Beat.

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Checking your bias

Do your biases affect your journalism? Field Notes Editor Nicole Blanchett Neheli talks with American J-prof Sue Ellen Christian, and reporters from across Canada, about strategies to ensure every story is as balanced as possible, and how reflection and ethics are the keys to objective reporting.

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Covering the U.S. election through expat eyes: The Globe and Mail’s citizen journalism project

When The Globe and Mail was planning its U.S. election coverage early this year, they had an idea: What if they used Canadian expatriates living in the United States to be their cultural translators, filtering and explaining the election news to readers back home? Online politics editor Chris Hannay explains how The Globe's most ambitious citizen journalism project came to be and gives five lessons that the team learned over the duration of their coverage.

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#NMPS2012: Public spheres, public spaces and “shit storms”

For journalists in particular, understanding the impact of what we say and do on the Internet is now an essential skill. But is it even possible to predict reaction to an offhand comment or in-depth story, or determine how much of an event is reflected in the social media swarm that takes over stories like the uprising in Egypt? That type of online discourse was the focus of the New Media and the Public Sphere conference in Copenhagen. Field Notes editor Nicole Blanchett Neheli was there, and captures the dialogue here for J-Source.

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Liveblog: New media and the public sphere conference in Copenhagen

Field Notes editor Nicole Blanchett-Neheli liveblogs from the New Media and the Public Sphere conference in Copenhagen on Nov. 8 and 9. 

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Developing citizen media in developing countries: Should Canada help?

What does a changing communications landscape and innovation in communication technology mean for media development in developing countries? Nicholas Benequista explains how he will find out. 

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Prorogation + Resignation = Consternation: How the Toronto Star handled McGuinty’s bombshell

Dalton McGuinty's surprise resignation and prorogation of the Ontario legislature left newsrooms nationwide scrambling. So how did the Toronto Star manage to pull together six comprehensive pages of coverage in a matter of hours? The Star's news editor, Jonathan P. Kuehlein, shares the story here in J-Source.

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On reporting from the 1972 Summit Series

Like millions of Canadians Robert Lewis remembers exactly where he was when Paul Henderson scored the goal that won the 1972 Summit Series for Canada against the Soviet Union: In the stands at Moscow’s Luzhniki Ice Palace, reporting for Time magazine.

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