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Data storytelling in a diversifying field
1 year ago

Data storytelling in a diversifying field

How data journalism and coding are changing the landscape of investigative journalism
Crackdown podcast brings listeners to frontlines of drug war
1 year ago

Crackdown podcast brings listeners to frontlines of drug war

New program aims to change the conversation by focusing on users’ lived experiences.
It’s a fact
1 year ago

It’s a fact

Angie Holan is sitting at her desk, lost in the chatter of the newsroom around her. Phones ringing, keyboards clicking, pens stroking across pieces of paper. It is March 25, 2008, and her thoughts are interrupted by the sound of…
A case study in nondisclosures
1 year ago

A case study in nondisclosures

(Disclosure: I’m the full-time paid publisher of Briarpatch Magazine, a volunteer board member of the Media Co-op, CEO of the currently inactive environmental consulting company Porpoise B Consulting, and freelance journalist. My partner is a designer for the CBC, not…
Top takeaways from NASH 2019
1 year ago

Top takeaways from NASH 2019

From Jan. 3 to 6, emerging journalists from across the country came together in Calgary, Alta. for NASH, an annual journalism conference hosted this year by the University of Calgary’s student publication the Gauntlet and supported by the Canadian University
In praise of academic media sluts – a new year’s resolution
1 year ago

In praise of academic media sluts – a new year’s resolution

Are you a media whore? Or do you worry you might be labeled one by your colleagues – if not to your face, then behind your back? In the process of delivering hundreds of media engagement workshops, I’ve heard dozens…
When not to publish graphic images
2 years ago

When not to publish graphic images

I regularly advocate for journalists to tell stories they see as newsworthy in the manner they see fit, because a key element of the journalistic skill set is the ability to determine news value. Making principled decisions about what is…
Canada finally has a source protection law — is it enough?
2 years ago

Canada finally has a source protection law — is it enough?

The importance of press freedom can never be understated. For Canadian journalists, horrific headlines from across the globe of missing, murdered, or imprisoned reporters are sobering reminders of the privilege that we hold. Because our Constitution protects freedom of the…
Can digital journalism serve readers who can’t get online?
2 years ago

Can digital journalism serve readers who can’t get online?

By  •  News, Work
Chatham Daily News announced it would publish a print edition of its paper one less day a week, along with 10 other Postmedia newspapers, on Nov. 6. Based in the southwestern Ontario municipality of Chatham-Kent, the paper serves a…
A generation of journalists are struggling
2 years ago

A generation of journalists are struggling

Over the last three years, I’ve had some version of this conversation with countless young Canadian journalists. “I’m so anxious right now.” “My work laid off 15 per cent of the staff and I’m really scared I’m next.” “I’m pretty…