Now on J-Source: Who gives a damn about press freedom?; Covering the Yukon Quest; On killing investigative journalism

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Ethics
Press Freedom: Who gives a damn, anyway?
It's been 30 years since Section 2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms made a free press the law of the land. But, on the eve of a national conference to take stock of the state of press freedom in Canada, Ivor Shapiro sees more apathy than passion around the issue.
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Field Notes
Deadlines, dog sleds, and diving temperatures: Covering the Quest
Would you let sub-zero temperatures, intimidating contestants, and packs of dogs keep you from covering a story? A rookie reporter from Ontario, Sam Riches, learns the 'code of the North' on the trail of one of the most famous dog sledding races in the world.
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Field Notes
How I got the story: Tim Bousquet on Halifax mayor Peter Kelly and Mary Thibeault
Mary Thibeault's estate has yet to be settled more than seven years after her death, and the blame lies with the executor of her will: Halifax mayor Peter Kelly. Rhiannon Russell reports on how Tim Bousquet investigated this story for Halifax alt-weekly The Coast and effectively ended the political career of the mayor of the largest city in Atlantic Canada.
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Town Hall
It's time to kill investigative journalism
In what he calls the "post-newspaper age", Richard Mostyn, former editor of Yukon News, is worried about newspaper-style reporting. That is, the writing of good, old-fashioned, patient and tenacious journalism in an era where quick and easy news breaks 24 hours a day. That is why he says we must drop the moniker "investigative journalism" and simply call it what it should be: good journalism.
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THE BIG ISSUE

A look at investigative journalism

The robo-calls scoop highlights the value of investigative journalism in today's newsrooms. Technology has brought new dilemmas, like the ethics of hacker-assisted reporting. An online discussion of the law and ethics of investigative journalism raises some interesting debates. But the basics remain the same. Solid investigative reporting is equal parts looking under rocks and looking at the stories staring us in the face, according to this interview with Julian Sher, a JournalismNet founder. Former Yukon News editor Richard Mostyn argues we should stop calling it investigative journalism, and simply call it good journalism - the way it's supposed to be done. The Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting is doing its part to support investigative work, such as this report on substandard shelters for Haiti. Other ideas for promoting more investigation have cropped up in recent years, some more successful than others. This video interview with the Toronto Star's investigative editor suggests the simplest solution is to simply get out and do it. Visit our Investigative Journalism J-Topic to read more about this topic. 

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