Got a question? The Canadian Association of Journalists will consult its members across the country to find the appropriate expert to craft a response to your question, which will then be posted on J-Source.

By Bruce Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief

I’m pleased to announce that we will re-launch J-Source’s Ask a Mentor section in January with the help of one of our long-time partners, the Canadian Association of Journalists.

The goal of the section is to provide advice to journalists and journalism students who may not have direct access to a mentor or subject matter expert on a particular topic. In the past, we’ve been able to crowd-source advice on a wide range of issues: the Toronto Star’s Robyn Doolittle explained how to get cops to talk to you, the Victoria Times Colonist’s Lindsay Kines explained why reporters don’t generally share quotes with sources and media lawyer Bert Bruser outlined some of the legal issues involved in retelling a potentially libelous life story.

Do you have a question for an industry pro? Here’s how it works.


Send us your question—try to keep it as clear and succinct as possible. You may include your name or submit anonymously; it’s up to you. Then, the CAJ will consult its members across the country to find the appropriate expert to craft a response, which will be posted on J-Source.

In order to re-launch the Ask a Mentor section in January, we’re collecting questions now. So, go ahead and send us one, and take advantage of the wealth of experience and expertise of the CAJ’s membership.

Tweet @jsource your question with the hashtag #AskMentor or email your question to

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Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.