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Field Notes

Crackdown podcast brings listeners to frontlines of drug war
4 years 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
4 years 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…
Top takeaways from NASH 2019
4 years 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
Canada finally has a source protection law — is it enough?
4 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…
A generation of journalists are struggling
4 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…
Vanishing City Hall
4 years ago

Vanishing City Hall

Dale Bass started her 45-year journalism career in 1973 at the London Free Press. She remembers a bustling newsroom of 185, with two or three city hall reporters. Bass would sometimes be sent to the municipal Committee of Adjustments, which…
How The Discourse is reinventing the local newspaper to fight polarization
4 years ago

How The Discourse is reinventing the local newspaper to fight polarization

Editor in chief Erin Millar on the setback that caused them to change gears and devote themselves to three communities.
Building trust at the local level
4 years ago

Building trust at the local level

Community reporters have the opportunity to connect directly with their audiences. But are they earning reader confidence? Canadians aren’t so sure.
Journalists need to understand the impact they have on others
4 years ago

Journalists need to understand the impact they have on others

Suggestions on how to incorporate TRC calls to action into reporting.
Treat stories about suicide with dignity and compassion
4 years ago

Treat stories about suicide with dignity and compassion

Responsible reporting about suicide can bring increase awareness and save lives, according to experts.