I was curious about how a friend of mine was doing, so I decided something that I hadn’t done in a while — I’d sit down and write a letter.

No, not an email — a letter. …


Halfway between Montreal and Toronto lies the town of Picton, Ontario, in Prince Edward County. In 2009, Picton received a visit from Stuart McLean, journalist, author and broadcaster, who came with his crew to tape an episode of The Vinyl Cafe — the program from CBC Radio in Canada that became a staple of some line-ups of American public radio stations.

The episode, “Dave and the Elevator,” featured McLean’s reflection on Main Streets, and spoke of the reinvention that Picton went through, and the resilience of the county’s government seat. …


In journalism, there are six words that guide each story — who, what, when, where, why and how. They are ingrained into every journalist’s psyche, and every journalist knows a story can’t exist without those six words at the forefront of a piece. Yet, there are six more words that have been fully ingrained into journalists’ psyches since the coronavirus public health outbreak began — layoff, furlough, enemy, fake and pay cut.

Those words have become not just part of prominent headlines surrounding American journalism, but also words that make up the circumstances that have impacted journalists, especially in the last few months. Those words are ingrained as journalists, like the people of this nation, try to navigate the challenges of this new environment — working from home, balancing childcare, and ensuring every deadline — personal and professional — is met. …

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Alex Veeneman

I'm a journalist and a member of SPJ's Ethics Committee. I edit The Tip Sheet and am working to make journalism better. Any views expressed here are my own.