I teach the Features, Opinions and Specializations elective (MMJC 9605) during the winter semester in the Master of Media in Journalism and Communication program.
Previously, I was the program coordinator of the Journalism program at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ont. (2008-2019). Aside from my previous teaching at Western (Journalism Law and Ethics, as well as Business Reporting, in the former Master of Arts in Journalism program), I've taught in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, where I held the Maclean-Hunter Chair of Communication Ethics for two consecutive years (2006-08). I was selected twice (2001, 2003) as a fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland in Silver Spring, Md.
My full-time industry experience includes a variety of editorial positions at both The Globe and Mail (2006-08) and The London Free Press (1988-2006). I continue to write for a variety of publications and news portals on a freelance basis; for example, I was the Canada correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corp. from 2016-17.
I have also helped shape media programs at other post-secondary institutions. I served on the four-person comprehensive program review panel for the undergraduate, post-graduate and fast-track journalism programs at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and Centennial College, Toronto, in 2013. I chaired the external assessment program review for the three-year and fast-track journalism programs at Centennial College in Toronto (2015) and served as an assessor for the print journalism program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont. (2013) and the new media program at Sheridan College (2012).
I graduated with an MAJ from the former Graduate School of Journalism at Western in 1986, winning the J.G. McGeachy gold medal for highest standing, the G. Edmund Wilson silver medal for research excellence and the Consumers Association of Canada/Rogers Television Award for most publishable master's thesis.