Summer updates

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Twelve years later …

Today I dug up a story I wrote for The Standard in St. Catharines, Ont., published Dec. 29, 2004. As I described in the tweets below, it’s a story that has always stayed with me, but one that has more resonance at the moment, as we hear of more people risking so much to seek asylum here.

For more resources on the Safe Third Country Agreement, see:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journalism futures

I’ve published two pieces this fall that take up questions of the future of journalism in Canada, both written since the latest announcement of another round of Postmedia buyouts and Rogers Communications Inc.’s decision to scale back its magazine printing schedules.

My review of Vivian Smith’s (2015) book, Outsiders Still: Why Women Journalists Love–And Leave–Their Newspaper Careers, appears in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication.

My story about Taproot Edmonton, a new project to enliven local journalism in Edmonton, appears in J-Source.

Both of these pieces raise questions about what journalists’ working lives will look like in the future.

For further reading & listening:

“As the ink fades,” by Jaren Kerr

“Women and newspapers,” on Canadaland

 

“Towards a blueprint for a new free press”

For those who missed Journalist Interrupted at MacEwan University in May, you can find streamed video from the event here or read J-Source‘s live coverage here. Co-organizer Brian Gorman and I also wrote an op-ed for The Edmonton Journal, which you can read online here.

I would love to hear from anyone who has had time to further reflect on the event. For me, it was a markedly hopeful and inspiring evening.