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FOUR PILLARS OF LIFE FOR A FREELANCE JOURNALIST

From the right angle, I appear to be a very successful freelance journalist. After graduating with a Masters in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in 2011 I completed an internship with the National Post, spent a year developing digital content for a startup in downtown Toronto,...

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LEGITIMATE JOURNALISM: NEVER MORE IMPORTANT, NEVER MORE THREATENED

by Tim Spelliscy Last year at this time I surprised many colleagues, close friends and even members of my own family by announcing that I had decided to retire from the television news business after a career of almost 42 years.  I knew that my interest in the industry was on the decline and I...

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OKA 1990: FIGHTING FOR JOURNALISTS’ RIGHTS

by Julian Sher The Oka Crisis of 1990 pitted Indigenous activists against the Canadian army and saw journalists literally caught in the middle. And it was a baptism of political fire for a young CAJ. The CAJ, or the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) as it was known then, was little more th...

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THE LEGACY OF A GREAT EDITOR AND MENTOR

by Harvey Schachter After Southam Newspapers bought The Kingston Whig-Standard in 1990, it seemed there was an attempt to teach us how to become a real, professional newspaper. The truth was that our procedures were sloppy in some ways but the fact we were a somewhat loose organization had in fact ...

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