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What I've been reading while I've been confined to bed

Centre Island Ferry

Centre Island Ferry

I'm currently laid up in bed with a possible ACL tear all I've been able to do is read. So here are some of the things I've read this week. 

The myth of Beaumont-Hamel: How Newfoundland’s tragic death march became a noble advance by Joe O'Connor for the National Post
Every nation has it's founding myths and for the people of Newfoundland that myth comes from the battlefields of France. O'Connor quotes historian Robert Harding: "World War I might have been Canada’s road to national maturity, but it ended Newfoundland’s national potential...From this Canadian perspective, Beaumont-Hamel is a reminder to Newfoundlanders of their country’s mortal wounding.”

Centre of Canada? Been there, done that by Meagan Campbell for Maclean's
Meagan Campbell attended my alma mater, University of King's College, but I wasn't lucky enough to meet her while I was there. She recentlyl traveled to the centre of Canada for Maclean's and wrote about it. It's a great article and I'd recommend another one of her pieces "The loneliness of a losing candidate," which was one of my favourite articles of last year.

Buzzfeed eliminates Canadian political coverage by Peter Sterne for Politico
Canada's media landscape is in a constant state of flux and now it has changed once again. Vice recently pulled out of covering Parliament Hill and now Buzzfeed Canada's two person bureau has joined them. Politico reports that "[Paul] McLeod will move to Buzzfeed's Washington bureau. [Emma] Loop is deciding whether to follow McLeod to Washington or leave the company." 

Inside account of Labour MPs’ attacks on Jeremy Corbyn by Tom Mctague for Politico
With the Brexit come and gone it's almost easy to overlook the political chaos left in its wake. PM David Cameron has resigned and Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing an internal revolt. Mctague has the full coverage of Labour MP's grievances.  

The Marriage That Led to the Russian Track Team’s Olympic Ban by John Brant for The New York Times Magazine
Finally, I present a long form piece from NYMag that chronicles how one marriage, between a Russian track star and an anti-doping agent, changed Russia's fortunes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

On the National Post and having dreams come true

The towers at the corner of Front St. and Bay in Toronto, Canada. 

The towers at the corner of Front St. and Bay in Toronto, Canada. 

I know the National Post isn't a big paper out east but out in the prairies of Saskatchewan it is the king of the newspaper industry. It's the paper I grew up reading. When I decided that I wanted to be a journalist the National Post was the paper I dreamed I'd end up writing for. This Thursday one of my stories was featured on the front page of their website. I know everyone in the program has different career goals but I hope you guys remember that your dreams can come true.

If you follow me on social media or have me on Facebook you might have seen me make a few jokes before I left about being the "small town country boy in the big city." Well boys and girls I probably shouldn't have cracked that joke. Toronto is massive and I was not prepared for it at all. For the first few days my neck actually  hurt because I kept looking at all the tall buildings. It took some getting used to but I'm here now and I love it; the subway, the people, the honking of every car horn is beautiful in its own way.

I think the hardest part going forward is going to be shaping my pitches to a national paper. Something that sounds great to a regional paper or a local daily might not interest a national paper. That means I need to find some different stories. I'll be pitching some of those this weekend so hopefully you'll see them next week.

If you ever travel to Toronto I reccommend going to the cat cafe and making some new feline friends. It's pretty relaxing. I'll touch on that more in a future blog. 

What I’ve been reading the week of Feb 8, 2016 (kind of)

Winter here in Halifax

Winter here in Halifax

Yes. I know it’s a day late. Sorry but time just got away of me. This will be a catch all week for this feature so I won’t necessarily stick to the week. I’m starting my magazine workshop this week so I’ll post some more info on that later this week. On to the good reads:

Newspaper Adviser Is Fired After Students’ Scoop Roils Maryland Campus
Mike McPhate – New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/11/us/mount-st-marys-university-firings.html?referer=https:/www.google.ca/&_r=0

This is an interesting case of what can happen when you chase the big story. Sometimes people can get caught in the crossfire. The story this paper published is undoubtedly an important one to tell. The comments of the school’s president are especially disturbing. However, it may all end on a good note.  

The rise of the Islamic State doomed Rand Paul’s presidential chances
Chris Cillizza – Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/03/how-the-rise-of-isis-killed-rand-pauls-presidential-chances/

Chris Cillizza is going to be a regular fixture in this blog, mostly because he’s one of my favourite writers. This came out right after Rand Paul withdrew from the GOP presidential race and it’s an interesting look at how his campaign was doomed for his stance on foreign policy.

Jian Ghomeshi trial: When #BelieveTheVictims meets #DueProcess
Neil Macdonald – CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/due-process-neil-macdonald-1.3446739

Here is analysis about the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Now, this legal case has dominated the Canadian news cycle for the last few weeks. It’s opened up numerous discussions about how our legal system treats victims of sexual assault. I’m not sure what the correct answer is but the article provides some legal context about why our system has to act like this.

Canada’s two-tier system: Syrians not the only ones fleeing adversity at home, experts and refugees say
Michelle McQuigge – The National Post via The Canadian Press
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadas-two-tier-refugee-system-syrians-not-the-only-ones-fleeing-adversity-at-home-experts-and-migrants-say

Immigration, as I mentioned in the last iteration of this series, is a topic I’m very interested in. This details how even though Canada is doing its best to bring over as many Syrian refugees as possible other refugees are falling through the cracks.

The Heresies of Donald Trump
Yoni AppelBaum – The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/the-republicans-debate-in-greenville/462750/

Have you been watching the GOP debates? Well if you haven’t you should. It is great television and I don’t think that you could write this script even if you tried. Here is a nice long analysis of everything that Donald Trump did wrong in the latest GOP debate. 

Coming back into the fold and a big announcement

Taking photos in Eastern Passage. The end result can be seen on this websites homepage.   Photo credit to  Lisa Takagi

Taking photos in Eastern Passage. The end result can be seen on this websites homepage.  
Photo credit to Lisa Takagi

And I'm back. Again. 

Extended breaks are apparently becoming a thing on this blog. But with this being a passion project whats the point of writing if I'm not feeling passionate?

Housekeeping

So lets get some things out of the way first. 

I'll try to keep my posts as regular as possible from now on. That being said, keep your eyes out for the third edition of 'What I've Been Reading This Week' later this week. 

Another thing that I'm hoping to put up in the coming days is a recap of my time in the radio workshop at King's. Today will be the final day so I'll probably put the recap up Friday night.  

Big News

Big announcement! As part of my Bachelor of Journalism degree I'll be doing a month long internship with The National Post in Toronto. I begin in April and a lot of the details are still being sorted out but I can't wait to gain experience at one of the premiere newsrooms in the country. I'll be part of their digital section and my work can appear in papers across the country. More info to come.  

I'll leave you with a song I've been listening to quite a bit recently: Weight in Gold by Gallant. Check it out! 
 

What I've been reading for the week of Jan 25. 2016

Coburg Road during Jan. 29 snow storm 

Coburg Road during Jan. 29 snow storm 

It was a cold and blustery weekend in Halifax. I've been staying busy by producing this weeks Tuesday radio room. You'll be able to check it out on CKDU 88.1 in Halifax.  I've also been reading some good pieces of journalism. Here is what I've been reading. 

Mizzou suspends professor charged with assaulting journalist as school sinks into turmoil
Michael E. Miller – The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/01/28/mizzou-suspends-professor-charged-with-assaulting-journalist-as-school-sinks-into-turmoil/

At the confluence of free speech and campus safety there is an interesting conversation. Not just in the United States but also in Canada. Michael E. Miller provided an update on the incident at the University of Missouri between Melissa Click and a student journalist attempting to cover the student protests.

How Esurance Lost Its Mascot to the Internet
Priceonomics
http://priceonomics.com/how-esurance-lost-its-mascot-to-the-internet/

There is something about the internet that is both entertaining and disgusting. Take the example of Erin Esurance, the iconic pink haired mascot for Esurance. This article tells the story of how an innocent mascot was transformed into an internet celebrity and then a dirty joke. Fascinating and disturbing all in one article.

The End of Twitter
The New Yorker – Joshua Topolsky

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-end-of-twitter?intcid=mod-most-popular

I love twitter and I try to stay active on the platform. I even use it to collect information and story ideas. However, this piece takes at a critical and unflinching look at the future of my favorite social media platform.

Seven things I know heading into the Iowa caucuses

The Washington Post – Chris Cillizza
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/seven-things-i-know-heading-into-the-iowa-caucuses/2016/01/31/25698e32-c856-11e5-88ff-e2d1b4289c2f_story.html?postshare=5371454281551144&tid=ss_tw

 Iowa caucuses are right around the corner and the political junkie in me will not quit watching in fascination. Chris Cillizza is one of the best in the business and ere is what he knows about the impending Iowa caucuses.

Chinatown gun battle leaves two dead and three injured, raising Toronto’s 2016 death toll to eight
Kevin Connor – National Post

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/two-dead-three-injured-in-chinatown-gunfight

 The title tells you all you need to know but it also has some information on Toronto’s eight victims of gunfire in January. Toronto news also has some specific interest to me. I’ll be revealing that in a blog post tomorrow.