Doing justice to the beat

FeatureGlobe and Mail justice reporter Kirk Makin likens maintaining a beat to tending a garden. “There’s only a certain period where there’s fruit in the trees,” he says, “but you have to do a whole lot of gardening in between.” Beat reporting remains the lifeblood of newspapers. So why is the Globe clogging its arteries…

Feature
Globe and Mail justice reporter Kirk Makin likens maintaining a beat to tending a garden. “There’s only a certain period where there’s fruit in the trees,” he says, “but you have to do a whole lot of gardening in between.” Beat reporting remains the lifeblood of newspapers. So why is the Globe clogging its arteries with marquee columnists, a glut of Ottawa coverage and so much “news you can use”? Julia LeConte of the Ryerson Review of Journalism investigates.

Feature
Globe and Mail justice reporter Kirk Makin likens maintaining a beat to tending a garden. “There’s only a certain period where there’s fruit in the trees,” he says, “but you have to do a whole lot of gardening in between.” Beat reporting remains the lifeblood of newspapers. So why is the Globe clogging its arteries with marquee columnists, a glut of Ottawa coverage and so much “news you can use”? Julia LeConte of the Ryerson Review of Journalism investigates.

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