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The Devil is in the details Jill Krop at the top Garr on guard Slow and steady Is anyone listening?
 

The Devil is in the details

Using increasingly sophisticated tools, a new breed of journalist combs through mountains of digital information to uncover important stories Story by Ethan Reyes Photo by Tony Su, Photo Illustrations by Anna Dimoff To his jailers, he was merely inmate number 2867-9066, but his family knew him as Shawn Dwight Cole. Far from the sandy beaches of […]

Jill Krop at the top

Global BC’s new station manager and news director Jill Krop answers questions ranging from women in the industry to her new position Interview and introduction by Bridgette Watson Photos by Anna Dimoff When Jill Krop walks into Global BC’s studio for our interview, she looks very much like she belongs. And after 25 years on […]

Garr on guard

Columnist Allen Garr keeps an eye on local governments. He also knows a lot about the birds and the bees. Story by Sara Rabey Photos by Anna Dimoff The 1970s was an era of upheaval and change. Members of the Front de Liberation du Quebec kidnapped and murdered then-Quebec Deputy Premier Pierre Laporte. Prime Minister Pierre […]

Slow and steady

A group of Vancouver journalists is pursuing stories that aim to find solutions in a world of fast-breaking news Story by Bailey Nicholson Photos by Anna Dimoff The time has come for a conversation. The relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians was brought to the forefront in 2015 when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released […]

Is anyone listening?

Journalists struggle for recognition in the crowded world of the internet Story by James Smith Illustrations and photos by Anna Dimoff, Xiao Xu and Michael Lylyk Headlines have been screaming the past few years about the apparent death of journalism and the media: Bleak times for local journalism in Canada; Canada’s media: A crisis that […]

Letter from Hong Kong

13 May 2016

Billionaire Jack Ma just bought a newspaper. Does he know something the rest of us don’t? Story and photo by Chris Oliver The other day, while sitting at my desk, my Australian colleague, a sports editor at our Hong Kong-based newspaper, said in hushed tones over the partition that he had some bad news. “There’s […]

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Fairwell to a founder

13 May 2016

LJR founder and Langara journalism instructor Rob Dykstra is ending his 32-year teaching tenure. Some who have worked alongside him join us in saying cheers as he enters retirement Photo by Les Bazso When you think of it, the Langara Journalism Review was an impossible idea. First, how could journalism students with just two years’ […]

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A tough sell

13 May 2016

Why stories on the environment can’t keep you interested (for long) Story by Ethan Reyes Illustration by Michael Lylyk For reporters who covered last year’s Porter Ranch methane leak in California, dedicated environmental reporters among them, the scene is the broader subject in microcosm: an invisible but looming environmental threat, revealing itself in heats then […]

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On the street

13 May 2016

Community newspaper closures leave journalists out in the cold. Prospects don’t look good Story by Mona R. Butler and Alex Skerdzhev Photo by Alex Skerdzhev, Photo Illustration by Michael Lylyk Bhreandàin Clugston was heading into his sixteenth year as editor of the Richmond Review, a community newspaper that had served the sprawling suburb south of […]

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Two sides to every story

13 May 2016

Should unbiased journalism be a thing of the past? Story by Kelvin Gawley Illustration by Michael Lylyk “Mainstream media is so biased! You never get the real story. They’re lying to advance their agenda!’ These sentiments are common across Canada, with many people asserting unequivocally that media is pulling a veil over the eyes of […]

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The wrong kind of buzz

13 May 2016

Off-the-cuff reporting provides a lesson for local news website Story by Mona R. Butler Illustration by Anna Dimoff A move by Vancity Buzz to report more hard news has provided staff at the Vancouver-based website with a lesson in journalistic ethics. Its reporting of an incident earlier this year certainly created a buzz—but not necessarily the […]

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Grounded

13 May 2016

The market for true travel writing has gone south Story by Bailey Nicholson Photo illustration by Michael Lylyk Imagine travelling the world, absorbing the local cultures, the food, the wine, and staying in nice hotels. Imagine turning this experience into compelling stories for loyal readers and getting paid well to do it. This was a […]

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Nightcrawler reborn

13 May 2016

Rafferty Baker’s real-time coverage of midnight crimes has created a new model of moonlight reporting Story by Bryan Mc Govern Photo by Anna Dimoff A call comes through the scanner: ‘Code 5-9’—a fatality. Reporter Rafferty Baker is unable to immediately confirm the death over the phone, but decides to head out to the accident scene […]

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No comment

13 May 2016

Website comment sections are under increased scrutiny as news organizations struggle to define the limits of free speech. Story by Jocelyn Aspa Illustration by Michael Lylyk The most reproduced New Yorker cartoon ever, penned by Peter Steiner in 1993, described the online world’s most exciting, terrifying and important characteristic at the time. It depicts a […]

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Pod people

13 May 2016

How a newspaper company was talked into podcasting Story by Alex Skerdzhev Photo by Xiao Xu Barry Link decided to try something different. The award-winning journalist, with more than 20 years’ experience, had grown tired of dealing with reporters, attending editorial meetings and juggling a dozen responsibilities as editor at the Vancouver Courier. He needed […]

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Watching the watchdogs

13 May 2016

The Media Democracy Project pushes for more inclusive reporting Story by Rosemary Newton Photo by Xiao Xu “Know the media. Be the media. Change the media.” Such is the motto of the Media Democracy Project (MDP), an organization that examines the relationship between media and democracy using a blend of journalism, activism and academics. That […]

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FIPPA fight

13 May 2016

The struggle for accountable government documentation continues in B.C. Story by James Smith Photo illustration by Anna Dimoff It is an all-too-familiar tale for journalists in B.C.: File a freedom of information request and wait months for a reply, only to hear there are “no responsive records” to the query. But there may be some […]

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Passion products

13 May 2016

There’s still something special about print magazines Story by Kate Richardson Photo by Mona R. Butler Pulp Fiction on Vancouver’s Main Street is known for its vast selection of books, but press the staff and they will tell you they also sell a selection of magazines that look more like books. They are slick, well-designed […]

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Sounds of silence

13 May 2016

Western Magazine Awards seek new funding Story by Tony Su Illustration by Michael Lylyk Magazine writers and photographers selecting their best work for submission to the Western Magazine Awards are probably considering if it is worth their time. Last year, the Western Magazine Awards Foundation abruptly cancelled its awards gala, and organizers are still unsure […]

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Offsiders

13 May 2016

How bloggers are disrupting traditional sports reporting Story by Alex Hoegler Photo by Tony Su As in other areas of journalism, independent sports bloggers are jostling for position with mainstream media reporters and columnists. This is especially true in hockey. Although numbers are hard to come by, it is evident online that bloggers have proliferated […]

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The kids these days…

13 May 2016

Young audiences seek irreverent, personality-driven journalism Story by Brian Horstead Artwork by Anna Dimoff, Michael Lylyk and Tony Su For niche journalists, being distinctive has become a necessary part of establishing a reader base. After all, if hundreds of people are reporting on the same event, it’s only natural that a reader would return to the […]

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Welcome

The Langara Journalism Review is a magazine about journalism and the media produced annually by students in the Journalism Program at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C.

LJR 2016

Editor Kelvin Gawley
Managing Editor Owen Munro
Assistant Managing Editor Jocelyn Aspa
Production-Web Editor Dustin Godfrey
Assistant Publisher Sara Rabey
Art Director Michael Lylyk
Assistant Art Director Bryan Mc Govern
Photo Editor Anna Dimoff
Assistant Photo Editor Tony Su
Photographer Xiao Xu, Mona R. Butler, Tony Su, Michael Lylyk, Anna Dimoff
Copy Chief Tanya Commisso
Page Editors James Smith, Alex Hoegler, Xiao Xu, Bailey Nicholson, Sara Rabey, Bryan Mc Govern, Ethan Reyes
Copy Editors Alex Skerdzhev, Brian Horstead, Ethan Reyes, Mona R. Butler, James Smith, Alex Hoegler, Bailey Nicholson
Publisher/Instructor Rob Dykstra

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