Ottawa Citizen editor and Carleton University instructor takes over the education section.

By Bruce Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief

I’m pleased to welcome Melanie Coulson as J-Source’s new education editor. Her byline will be familiar to longtime readers as she’s contributed many pieces to the site in the past. Coulson is a senior online editor at The Ottawa Citizen and an instructor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. In June 2012, she was named the first-ever recipient of the Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education by the Michener Foundation. As part of her fellowship, she taught a multimedia journalism course at Carleton and researched community newsrooms and citizen journalism (you can read about some of her conclusions here). Coulson is very engaged in thinking about journalism education, so I’m happy to have her joining our team.

Coulson replaces J-Source’s original education editor Mary McGuire, who has been with the site since day one. She has done a terrific job shaping J-Source’s education coverage and keeping readers abreast of major trends and issues in journalism education. Although we will miss her regular presence on the site, we can’t deny that she more than deserves a break for the many years of service she’s given us. You can keep up with McGuire on Twitter, where she maintains a lively and interesting feed, and I suspect (and hope) we’ll see some contributions from her on J-Source in the months and years ahead.


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