In Education Matters, Janice Tibbetts will examine the pressing issues  relating to journalism education in Canada.

By Bruce Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief

I’m pleased to announce that veteran political reporter and teacher Janice Tibbetts will write a new column for J-Source focused on journalism education in Canada. In Education Matters, Tibbetts will examine issues of interest to instructors, students and industry professionals as they relate to training and the classroom.

In the first installment, Tibbetts looks at the issue of unpaid internships and if journalism schools should adopt a policy about whether or not to support them.

Tibbetts is an assistant professor in the department of journalism at Concordia University, in Montreal, where she teaches news writing and reporting. She is also a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience in daily news, having worked at Postmedia News, the Canadian Press, the Chronicle-Herald in Halifax and the Halifax Daily News. During that time, Tibbetts covered a wide range of beats, including Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Alberta and Nova Scotia legislatures. 

I hope you’ll enjoy the first installment of Education Matters and the others that follow. If you have any ideas for the column, please contact Janice Tibbetts directly.


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.