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The ethics of gender sensitivity

When Toronto Star reporter Peter Edwards profiled a jail guard who underwent sex reassignment surgery, Edwards struggled with more than just which pronoun to use. In this week's column, he offers a first-person account of the issues behind the copy.

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From free brunch to naked men: What I learned about sports reporting

Steve Ladurantaye has covered a lot of stories from flakey TV stars to competition in the real estate industry.  But this was his first time covering a sporting event. Here is what he learned while covering last weekend’s Toronto Argonauts game.

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Global journalists mentor media in Liberia

Think your working conditions are tough? Laurel Clark, a journalist with Global Edmonton, recently returned from Monrovia, Liberia, where she and a Global colleague were mentoring Liberian journalists at a local television station. Somewhere between her admiration for the Liberian journalists’ dedication and lamenting their lack of funding, Clark found a new appreciation for practicing journalism in Canada.

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How to turn an internship into a journalism job

A journalism internship is like a first date; it can be a horrendous nightmare you’d rather forget or the beginning of something great. But how do you persuade your bosses you’re worth it and land a highly-coveted job? Angelina Irinici found out how six young journalists did just that.

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From #manifencours to #manifenbars: The Montreal student protests as told by Justin Ling

Justin Ling has been covering the Montreal student protests for a while — long enough to have seen the violence against journalists and to have been arrested and released (in a very public manner). What has it been like as a freelance journalist covering the protests? He gives his first-person account.

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Saving Face: Changing the world through storytelling

For Oscar-winning documentary maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, making films is a way to promote social change. In this exclusive interview for J-Source, she tells Sneha Kulkarni it's not the awards that matter, but the lives you change.

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As it happens: Tweeting from the Rafferty murder trial

In the second part of a J-Source series on covering the Michael Rafferty trial, an inside look at using Twitter in the courtroom. James Armstrong from Global News is one of the many journalists tweeting testimony. So how do you keep journalistic checks, balances, and integrity in check–and decide in a matter of seconds what horrific details of an 8-year-old's alleged rape and murder to share with the public? It's just as challenging as it sounds.

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Twitter: A journalist’s gateway to the world

While working as an assignment editor and producer at CBS News in New York, Natasha Rudnick found herself relying on Twitter more and more to cover remote and international breaking news. This phenomenon of social networking provided an invaluable tool in discovering information and contacting sources on some of the biggest stories of the last few years. She discusses the pros, cons, and caveats of using Twitter to reach the world from the newsroom.

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Capturing the aftermath of war: Helping child soldiers tell their own stories
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Capturing the aftermath of war: Helping child soldiers tell their own stories

Photojournalist Marc Ellison spent last summer working with female, former child soldiers in war-ravaged northern Uganda. Conscious of resentful attitudes to journalists, Ellison adopted a unique, 'anthropographic' approach in his examination of the issues these former combatants continue to face in their post-conflict lives: He helped them tell their own stories.
 

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How I got the story: Tim Bousquet on Halifax mayor Peter Kelly and Mary Thibeault

Mary Thibeault’s estate has yet to be settled seven years after her death, and the blame lies with the executor of her will: Halifax mayor Peter Kelly. Rhiannon Russell reports on how Tim Bousquet investigated this story for Halifax alt-weekly The Coast and effectively ended the political career of the mayor of the largest city in Atlantic Canada.

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