Stuff for student journalists working on Canadian campuses in a given week.
First up, J-Source and the Canadian Association of Journalists launch a new web series called #AskAMentor. The idea is you email or tweet (using the hashtag) a question that a CAJ member will then respond to. The first question was for advice when covering emergency situations. Award-winning Vancouver journalist Kim Bolan responded. So if you’ve got a burning question for a pro, ask away.
Next, a WTF moment thanks to the National Post. What the fuck was that on the front page? It was a mainstream paper covering a campus dispute about the appropriateness of a poster. While it’s encouraging that a major paper wants to put campus issues at the forefront of its coverage, it’s a surprising choice… There’s a lot that happens on campuses across Canada, why highlight the University of Saskatchewan’s Hawaiian/Tropical Night debacle on the front page? Just askin’.
And in Toronto yesterday was the launch of a new not-for-profit called Ten Thousand Coffees. The goal is to connect youth with successful professionals in various fields — with coffee! Major bonus.
Happy National Student Press Week to all! It’s a celebration of student press that CUP self-declared in NASH 67 in Edmonton AB and is officially recognized by the city of Prince George — essentially Over The Edge did some mad lobbying, the rest of us need to catch up. Maybe The Fulcrum should take one for the team and get it nationally recognized… Then again we don’t want to confuse media with lobbyists more than they already are so probably best to leave it be. Who needs laws anyway?
In case you somehow missed it, The Bruns is back in print today after a brief hiatus due to an ongoing labour dispute at the University of New Brunswick. The issue hit Fredericton stands today thanks to a deal struck by CUP’s national advertising partner FREE Media. Go, Party Penguin, go.
Finally, The Dialog opens up to create, you guessed it, a dialogue with students at George Brown College. Managing Editor Mick Sweetman has started a blog to recap what happens in their newsroom each week. Imagine if someone was writing about what goes on in your newsroom? Would your peers like what they saw? Sweetman says the idea came from a book called The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect. It’s a commendable initiative that will be interesting to watch unfold.