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Phil Carpenter has been a photojournalist for 15 years and is currently a photo and video journalist at The Gazette, a newspaper in Montreal. He recently published his first book, Breast Stories; Cancer Survivors Speak Out (Fitzhenry and Whiteside). Through photos and essays, the book profiles more than 50 women across Canada who had mastectomy, and addresses issues of femininity and female identity. Other international assignments he has covered the aftermath of the genocide on Rwanda, Canadian peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, operations in Israel in the Golan and he was one of the first journalists to arrive in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. For his work he has received several awards including Society of News Design wins, most recently in 2013. As a visual journalist Phil is committed documenting history and the human condition to encourage thought, debate and discussion.

Courses for 2013-2014:  JOUR 366  (Photojournalism)


Alan Conter is an independent media consultant, writer and critic. A former executive-producer for CBC Radio, he is the creator of Brave New Waves and has written and produced some 15 full-length documentaries for the program Ideas (Radio One) and Radio-Canada's Des Idées plein la tête (La Chaîne culturelle). He is a regular contributor to the Review section of the Globe and Mail.

Courses for 2013-2014:  JOUR 316 & 516  (Law and Ethics)


Peter Cooney worked in various editorial roles for many years at The Gazette in Montreal. He was City Pages Editor, National Editor, Foreign Editor, Page 1 Editor, Review Editor, Insight Editor and Assistant Managing Editor for editorial production and new media. He headed a project to introduce electronic page makeup to The Gazette, and led a small team that started The Gazette’s website in 1995, making the paper the first major Southam publication to go online. He has also worked on newspapers and other editorial projects in the UK, U.S. and Caribbean, was a Senior Editor at The National in Abu Dhabi, UAE and is now at the Toronto Star where he is Team Editor (training) for editorial.

Courses for 2013-2014:  JOUR 509  (Copy Editing)


Christine Crowther has 15 years' experience in broadcasting, including: senior television producer at CBC’s London, UK bureau; video-journalist then show-producer for CBC News: Sunday (Toronto); reporter, producer, and writer for CBC Television News, Current Affairs, and Newsworld (Toronto); freelance journalist for radio and television (Bangkok); television reporter for CBC Saskatchewan (Regina). She has also worked with non-governmental organizations to train working journalists from South East Asia (New Delhi, Phnom Penh, and Thailand).

Courses for 2013-2014:  JOUR 602  (Foundations of Journalistic Thought II)


Aaron Derfel is a medical reporter for The Gazette in Montreal, specializing in investigative and narrative journalism. He is a three-time team finalist of the National Newspaper Awards. He won the 2009 Media Award for Health Reporting by the Canadian Medical Association for a feature on anti-depressants. He earned the Judith Jasmin Prize — Quebec’s highest journalism honour – for a 2004 exposé on hospitals reusing disposable medical instruments. His story about the trauma response to the Dawson College shooting was included in the book, The Bigger Picture: Elements of Feature Writing for Canadian Journalists. He has also served as a consultant to Telé-Québec for a documentary on private health care.

Courses for 2013-2014:  JOUR 302 (Research Methods)

JOUR 210 (Media in Quebec)


Marlene Eisner is a regular contributor to the Free Press and Westmount Independent weekly community newspapers, The Gazette’s Urban Expression magazine and the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum’s CIM magazine.  She is the former editor-in-chief of the Suburban Newspaper and is the recipient of eight journalism awards, including first place for best breaking news story, best column, best news feature, best feature page and best overall community newspaper. She is a McGill University graduate (BA psychology 1979) and graduated with a BA in journalism from Concordia University in 1985.

Courses for 2013-2014: Jour 309 (Copy-editing and Layout)


Matthew Hays is a Montreal-based journalist and critic. He has been a reporter and film critic for the Montreal Mirror since 1993. His articles have also appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, CBC Arts Online, The Walrus, The Advocate, Cineaste, The Hollywood Reporter and The Toronto Star. His first book, The View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers (Arsenal Pulp) was cited by Quill & Quire as one of the best books of 2007 and won a 2008 Lambda Literary Award. A two-time National Magazine Award nominee, he received the Concordia Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007. He also teaches courses in film studies and communication studies at Concordia.

Courses for 2013-2014:  JOUR 402 (Specialist Reporting: Arts Journalism)


Wayne Larsen is a newspaper editor and columnist whose work has appeared in several print and online publications. His freelance career included work as a news and feature writer for The Gazette and an advance copy editor at Reader's Digest Canada. From 2000 to 2010 he was editor-in-chief of the Westmount Examiner, during which period the paper won numerous national and provincial awards for excellence in opinion writing, news reporting, graphics and layout, as well as winning an award for second-best overall community weekly in Quebec. He has written four books on Canadian artists - his 2009 biography of A.Y. Jackson reached no. 2 on the Globe & Mail national bestseller list (art books) - and he frequently lectures on early 20th-century Canadian art and its reception among newspaper critics. He is currently researching issues of political economy among English-language community weeklies in Quebec

Courses for 2013-2014:  JOUR 502 (Introduction to the Print Process)



Barry Lazar is an award-winning documentary film producer, writer, and a former executive producer with CBC Radio. He is columnist for The Senior Times and has written for Montreal's The Gazette, EnRoute Magazine, the National Post and other publications. His writing focuses on food and local history. His books include The Guide to Ethnic Montreal and Barry Lazar's Taste of Montreal and most recently Montreal CityGuide. He is a partner and producer with reFrame Films (www.reframe-films.com). Recent films include a feature length documentary The "Socalled" Movie - about Montreal's internationally known hip hop klezmer musician Socalled and Twice Upon a Garden / Il était deux fois un jardin which won the audience appreciation award at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). As a teacher, his goal is to bring students to their next professional level in understanding how journalism is changing, writing publishable articles and creating broadcast quality documentaries. 

Courses for 2013-2014: JOUR 498 (The Art of Freelancing) JOUR 404 (Magazine Writing)


Donna Nebenzahl is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for The Gazette, where she has been editor of such departments as Woman News, The Review, Living and Special Sections, and for The Toronto Star, where she contributes stories on workplace issues. Her magazine contributions have appeared in Canadian Geographic, Elle Canada, Reader's Digest, Canadian Home and Country and Country Living U.S. and she is author of the book Womankind, featuring 45 women activists from around the world, published by Raincoast Books. The documentary film that she proposed, researched and wrote, Twice Upon a Garden, won the Audience Award at the 2010 International Festival of Films on Art. She is currently working on several book/documentary projects.


Courses for 2013-2014: JOUR 436 (Citizen Journalism), JOUR 215 (Contemporary News Media)


Lawrence Nyveen is a freelance writer, editor, and researcher. His work has appeared in publications as varied as Reader's Digest and Sm@rt Reseller. He was editor of the late, great Netsurfer Digest. He is the author of "Avia S-199 in Israeli Air Force Service", published summer 2007. He also dabbles in film as a writer and producer. You can find his blog at http://101squadron.com/blog.html.


Courses for 2013-2014: JOUR 428 (Online Magazine), JOUR 519 (Computer Assisted Reporting)


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