I’m a journalist-entrepreneur, author and media critic based in Montreal, Canada. I work primarily in online journalism and am currently obsessed with things such as crowdsourced verification, content aggregation and curation, collaborative journalism, news startups, accuracy checklists, data visualization, Kindle Singles, tablets, and real-time information. I apologize for all the buzzwords.
I’m director of content for Spundge, a platform that enables companies, publishers and professionals to discover, curate and create compelling content. Sign up for a free account and tell me what you think. And here are 5 tips for getting started on the platform.
Aside from Spundge, I am founder and editor of Regret the Error, an award-winning site that tracks and reports on accuracy and media corrections. In December 2011, Regret the Error moved to the Poynter Institute, and I joined the organization as a member of its adjunct faculty. The blog is now hosted here. Prior to Poynter, I was editorial director and part of the team that launched OpenFile, an online news startup the delivered community-driven reporting in six Canadian cities.
My first book, Regret The Error: How media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech, was published by Penguin Group (Canada) and Union Square Press in fall 2007. Read an excerpt and some reviews here. It won an award from the U.S. National Press Club.
My second book, co-written with Michael Calce, is Mafiaboy. It won the Arthur Ellis Award for Non-Fiction from the Crime Writers of Canada. I’m represented by Don Sedgwick and Shaun Bradley of the Transatlantic Literary Agency
I’m the former managing editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab. I was a columnist and blogger for The Globe And Mail, and a weekly columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, the Toronto Star,BusinessJournalism.org, and Hour, a weekly in Montreal. My writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Montreal Gazette, Report On Business magazine, Maisonneuve, Harvard’s Nieman Reports, The Coast, and the Sunday Herald, among others. I spent close to a decade as a full-time freelance journalist, and have been lucky to win some awards for my work.
Volunteer and Board Service
I serve as President of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and am a former member of the Board of Directors of the Concordia Journalism Alumni Association. I’ve delivered many workshops and speeches about media accuracy and corrections, and online journalism, to a variety of journalism schools, professional associations and news organizations.