Poetry Challenge — Acrostic October

I’m not the most creative person. As a journalist, I sometimes find myself thinking in-the-box instead of outside it. I was taught to write in a very specific way — using simple language I can explain the facts and get a point across to my readers. All of the important information goes in […]

What I learned at a local candidates debate

On Tuesday evening, I walked into the Parkway Forest Community Centre for an all-candidates debate. This debate wasn’t held in a large stadium. There were no microphones, signage, or party supporters yelling or booing at every statement made. Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, Thomas Mulcair, and Elizabeth May were not present. There were […]

Since when was a debate considered optional?

The Canadian federal election is about a month and a half away and this means  the news will be flooded with articles about policy announcements and poll reviews. Better yet, the internet will be flooded with photographs of politicians holding babies and smiling with their groupies. While the campaign period can be a […]

CASE STUDY: writing about publication bans

As part of a media and ethics law course, I had to write a case study. This case study would reflect a controversial decision made by a media outlet in Canada and would eventually be published by Ryerson University and Jsource.ca. It’s a daunting task, to become an expert in […]

Entrepreneurial journalism: what we need in this market

With CBC’s March announcement that they are cutting 140 jobs, it becomes ever more important for journalists to take control of their own industry. I know this seems daunting…corporate funding is what allows us to buy things like groceries and electricity. But, what happens when that corporate funding dissipates? I […]

Does the Information Commissioner need more funding?

Below is an article I wrote about Freedom of Information and Access to Information requests for an assignment on government records. I hope you enjoy. Over the last fiscal year, 3,878 complaints flooded the Canadian Office of the Information Commissioner claiming that information they thought should be publicly available was […]

Morgan Baskin: the 18-year-old who would be mayor

It was clear from the beginning that Morgan Baskin’s campaign to become Toronto’s next mayor was going to be different. One of her first campaign meetings was held in a small church, with about 20 people in attendance. The majority were students from the University of Toronto or York University. […]