Reporting textbook gets facelift

anadiThe Canadian reporteran Reporter, one of the first comprehensive
reporting and newswriting textbooks written for Canadian students, has
been updated to include reporting for the digital age.

The third edition of the book was written by two Carleton University
staffers (and one Carleton retiree), and includes several new sections
by Canadians pros like Mary McGuire and Peter

The launch
party is Thursday, March 25
, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Art Gallery.

University’s blog

” ‘This book has three names on
the cover – mine, Allan Thompson’s and Carman Cumming’s – but it really
is a Carleton product, and only a place like Carleton could have
produced it,’ says Catherine McKercher. It draws on the experience of
journalists across Canada, including a number of graduates of the
” ‘We were lucky to be able to draw on the knowledge,
generosity and passion for journalism that so many of our colleagues
share,” she adds. “We plan to celebrate this on Thursday.” ”

Canadian Reporter
is used at universities and colleges across

About the authors:

Catherine McKercher began her
journalism career in 1970 at the Ottawa Journal. She moved onto The
Canadian Press, covering the Ontario legislature and, later, Washington.
She’s also worked as the assistant city editor at The Whig-Standard in
Kingston, Ont, and as a freelance writer and broadcaster, before
becoming a professor at Carleton University.

This is not
McKercher’s first book. She is co-author of The Laboring of
Communication: Will Knowledge Workers of the World Unite? (Lexington
Books, 2008) and Newsworkers Unite: Labor, Convergence and North
American Newspapers (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).

Thompson spent 17 years as a reporter with the Toronto Star, reporting
from the Hill in Ottawa on foreign affairs, defence and immigration
issues, before joining Carleton University in 2003.

His online

“Thompson is the founder of the Rwanda
Initiative, a partnership between Carleton University’s School of
Journalism and Communication and its counterpart at the National
University of Rwanda. The media capacity-building project has sent more
than 130 Canadians from the journalism field to Rwanda to teach
journalism, work as media interns or conduct training sessions with
working journalists.”

Carman Cummings is happily retired. During
his career he worked both at Carleton and as a journalist.