It’s not newspapers we need to save

2016 has been a bad year for Canadian media so far. Newspapers in particular. As of January 25, 626 journalism-related jobs have been cut (or announced that they would be cut), according to the Ryerson review of Journalism’s math. While not all of these are “journalists,” all of these jobs have something to do with… Continue Reading

How CUP changed my life

My first experience with Canadian University Press, or CUP as it is affectionately referred to, changed my future like nothing had up until that point in my life. I’m not exaggerating, I promise. See, at the age of 23, I had decided to go back to school and finally get my degree. Once again, I… Continue Reading

A note on the recent layoffs at the National Post

Five years and three months ago I walked into a newsroom on Don Mills not knowing what I was doing. OK, that’s not totally true. I had some skills. I mean, if I didn’t, I never would have been called in to the National Post for an interview, right? Right. See, the thing is I was… Continue Reading

Is the social media editor dead?

That’s the question that made the rounds last week through the Twittersphere and Blogosphere. On one side, we had Rob Fishman of Buzzfeed who declared the death of the social media editor. He wrote: At many news organizations, “social media” has become something of a catch-all, a not especially descriptive term for highly differentiated functions…. Continue Reading

Born this way?

Recently, a blog post by Allison Bird explaining why she left journalism went viral. Some journalists and ex-journalists thought it hit close to home, others thought Bird was focused too much on the money (or lack thereof in the journalism industry), while others thought Bird was just out of touch. Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick was… Continue Reading