News about the news for the week of August 11.

Welcome to Tuesday Tabs, a roundup of headlines from at home, down south and elsewhere.

Canada

The Conservative Party’s recently announced idea to make travel to identified terrorist hotspot countries illegal may never come to fruition, writes Steve Faguy, but even considering it brings up a number of headaches for journalists, particularly freelancers. “This isn’t a theoretical problem. In Quebec, we’ve seen many people caught in this grey area. During student protests, student journalists have been caught up in police kettles, and refused freedom because the police consider their student press credentials insufficiently mainstream.”

Over at Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, lawyer and policy expert Micheal Vonn has an essay on the state of free expression in British Columbia. Spoiler: it’s not good.

Speaking of free expression: when’s the last time you had a communications officer sit in on an interview with a public official or expert and record your questions? Nunatsiaq News has a two-part feature on a rising trend of its provincial government clamping down on interviews with department of health employees

 

U.S.

Much has been written about Jon Stewart as he taped his last episode of the long-running Daily Show last week. But what about the show’s fact checker, Adam Chodikoff? The Chronicle has a profile on the journalist who has verified the show’s accuracy for the past few years.

It’s been eight months since the editorial shakeup at the New Republic, which saw a nearly entirely new staff at the 100-year-old magazine. Poynter catches up with the title and how it’s changed since.

In one of the more unexpected journalism-commercial partnerships to be announced in recent months, non-profit investigative journalism outfit ProPublica has joined forces with Yelp to provide information to readers about the healthcare shopping experience.

 

International

Well over a year after his initial arrest, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian’s espionage charges trial may be coming to an end.

Campaign journalists, take note: Argentinian data visualization tool Cargografìas has been allowing journalists to quickly pull together political move histories of electoral candidates. 

Over in Boston, the city’s title magazine has launched a Chinese-language version of its print edition in a bid to capitalize on the influx of Chinese-based immigration and investment that’s been occurring there.