Industry veteran and long-time journalism professor Joe Banks has launched a new column on the journalism industry and education called Media Musings.

By Bruce Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief

I’m pleased to announce that long-time journalism educator and journalist Joe Banks will write a regular column for J-Source. Media Musings will cover a broad range of issues related to the journalism industry and journalism education, as befits someone with Banks’s experience.

Banks is currently a professor in and coordinator of the journalism program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. He also manages, a non-profit project owned by the college aimed at funding stories. Banks has a long history in the industry: he is a former columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and was the editor and publisher at a number of community newspapers in the Ottawa Valley.

I hope you’ll enjoy the first installment of Media Musings—in which Banks explains his theory that any journalism graduate who wants a job can find one—and the other columns to come. If you have any ideas for the column, please get in touch with Banks directly at

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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.