For writers: How “The Christmas Song” can improve your #writing and ‘get inside’ your reader

“…What’s your favourite Christmas lyric – or song?
I get tired of Christmas songs this time of year – yet I never tire of The Christmas Song.

You know… ” Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”

As a writer and writing teacher and adviser to the writing retreat, Sirenia, I often use “The Christmas Song” as a good example of using ‘desciptive sense triggers’ to ‘get inside’ readers’.

Christmas sentiments have been said many times – many ways – but this song really “gets inside me” and is so real because of the power of the sensory language – appealing to many senses.

I live in Australia where it’s summer at Christmas time – yet I fondly remember my North American December-January Winter “Christmas” experiences.
This song brings back those memories because the lyrics trigger sense memories – sight and smells and sounds and the feeling of cold.
Just look at how many sensory triggers are packed into the first verse…”

via For writers: How “The Christmas Song” can improve your #writing and ‘get inside’ your reader

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Job: Managing Editor, Nunatsiaq News Closing October 13, 2017

Job: Managing Editor, Nunatsiaq News
Closing October 13, 2017.
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/

Nunatsiaq News is the newspaper of record for the Eastern Arctic. Serving 45 communities and 70,000 readers a week with its website and print edition, Nunatsiaq News continues to grow its overall readership, web visits and advertising revenue. Its editorial team offers credible, in-depth and award-winning journalism which, together with a lively website comment section, draws readers from the North, southern Canada and around the world.
Reporting to the Publisher, you would manage an experienced editorial team including a senior content editor, four reporters and a number of freelancers.
You would plan, co-ordinate and administer posting multiple stories, including photos and videos, to the website each day as well as publishing a weekly print edition. You would continue to grow the newspaper by adding editorial resources to expand coverage, eventually moving from week-day postings to seven days a week.
You are an excellent communicator, a skilled editor and writer, with meticulous attention to detail and deadlines.
You are well versed and take initiative in a multi-channel environment of print, web and social media, engaging readers on many platforms while drawing increasing traffic to the website. And you are capable of managing a team at a distance, including all aspects of hiring, compensation, housing and transportation.
This position is based in Ottawa or Iqaluit. Closing October 13, 2017. Nunatsiaq News offers competitive compensation, profit sharing, health benefits, and, if based in Nunavut, relocation, housing and travel assistance. Please send resumes to editor@nunatsiaq.com.
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/ads/banner_pdfs/170915.100.79.pdf

Beijing Taxis

When I arrived at the Beijing 🇨🇳 P.R.C. airport customs… in May of 1995, the officer decided that since the computer screen for my computer was not attached to my computer I would have to pay U$ 300 .. so I had to get cash at the airport bank, bring it back, pay him and then enter officially…the person who was supposed to see me was not there… So my 5 items of luggage went looking to go to China Daily… I had a letter in English… with the address and logo of China Daily…
The airport was almost empty other than a few taxi drivers… one seemed to understand English… he looked at the paper and by conversation I believed he understood where to go…
My cart of stuff and I were escorted to his cab… a regular looking car… by himself and a buddy???
Suddenly the cab ride became a two car trip…
I refused.. and I loaded all the bags into one car… and away we went…
With the second car following…
We arrived at…..
A hotel with the same name as the China Daily publication I was to work for…
As printed in the letterhead of my letter…
21st Century ….
(China Daily’s English language paper for the education sector…)
There the doorman actually spoke enough English that he told me and the driver of the error.. checked the China Daily address …
and away the two cars, two drivers, all my bags and I…

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We arrive at the offices of China Daily late at night.. and there is no security guard… no doorman… but the front door is unlocked….
I walk in looking around…
pass the wooden staff mailboxes on the wall in the front lobby..

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Not a live human being to be seen but I and the two taxi drivers….
Then, along a long slopping ramp from the third floor…
A white haired American woman says…
“Hey are you the new guy we were expecting…??”
Yes!

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The foreign experts manger is quickly roused…
descends form his upper floor apartment …
in glasses, slippers, PJs and a rain coat…
and proceeds to pay both taxi drivers much to my vocal protest…

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And that’s when I am told by Ann Holiday that my taxi ride from the airport is officially the most expensive on record for the 20 or so foreign experts contract to China Daily at that time..

Read Un/Covering the North: News, Media & Aboriginal People

@melindatrochu Read Un/Covering the North: News, Media & Aboriginal People http://ow.ly/IB9D307e8R4 #ValerieAlia #FB http://ow.ly/ENyP307e8SA

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ENCOURAGING ABORIGINAL VOICES AND ISSUES IN THE MEDIA

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The CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowships offer two Aboriginal journalists with one to 10 years of experience the chance to explore issues of interest to First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples. The award aims to foster better comprehension of Aboriginal issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets.
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19, 2016
http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards/aboriginal_fellowship
Please take a look at the award details
before submitting your application.
http://www.cjf-fjc.ca/cjf_awards/?category=aboriginalform

Ancestors – ᓯᕗᓪᓖᑦ Writing Competition For Nunavut Youth.

Ancestors – ᓯᕗᓪᓖᑦ Writing Competition For Nunavut Youth.
Format: Essay or short story
Length: Minimum 250 words and up to 500 words
Submission deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016, midnight PT
Prizes: 1st Prize $300.00, 2nd Prize $200.00 3rd Prize $100.00
Theme: Pre-colonization Inuit with a focus on *social organization, ᐃᓄᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖁᓯᑐᖃᖏᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᖢᒋᑦ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒋᓐᓂᖅ.
Submissions to:
Susan Aglukark arcticrose2016@gmail.com – subject line – Ancestors 2016
Word Challenge: Use two traditional Inuktitut words on the verge of being lost.
Goal: To better understand the traditional Inuit society and by extension its respect of life’s cycle.
Preamble: My mother pointed out to me some years ago that there is a difference between learning and becoming educated ᐃᓕᑦᓯᓂᖅ and ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖅ, this was a profound moment for me as it was then that I began to understand that Inuit have a long history of learning and teaching which also meant and means that we were a highly organized and functioning society with a high respect for life and capacity to learn.
The theme in this writing competition then is “Traditional Society”, to find an area in the traditional social historical past and explain it in an essay or story format, this can be written in all Inuktitut or all English but be sure to include at least 2 traditional Inuktitut words that we do not hear in our current daily dialogue.

The Northern Journal is for sale

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Publishers Don & Sandra Jaque wish to retire
(after 40 years).
Seeking someone who wishes to carry it on.
Award winning with NWT/Alberta circulation of 5000 (print) and 4700 (online)…
Includes trained, quality staff of five …
Most profitable if operated in Yellowknife or Hay River

207 McDougal Road, P.O. Box 990
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
(867) 872-3000

Contact don@norj.ca

http://norj.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/NorthernJournal/

#‎NWT‬ ‪#‎RCMP‬ Bans ‪#‎YZF‬ @NNSLOnline ‪#‎Reporter‬ John McFadden due to his “Disrespectful Tone”

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Last Friday, the RCMP announced a big drug bust in Yellowknife. They held a news conference in the afternoon to present the haul of evidence they had obtained.

John McFadden, a reporter who covers the police for the local Yellowknifer paper, learned of the presser from an email blast sent to the press by RCMP Constable Elenore Sturko.

But when McFadden showed up to the RCMP station where the news conference was taking place, he was barred from going in.

In an e-mail he sent to his editor, obtained by CANADALAND, McFadden says that Constable Sturko told him he was being kept out because of his “unprofessional and disrespectful conduct.”  She then let CBC reporter Mitch Wiles in, McFadden writes, “before closing the locked door on me.

[…]

CANADALAND obtained these e-mails as part of a chain that was forwarded to all Northern News Service editorial staff, along with a note from Managing Editor Bruce Valpy supporting his police reporter.

In his message to staff, Valpy writes: “It is clear John is being held responsible for what the RCMP considers to be negative reporting on their activities in Yellowknifer… We will continue to report the news and we hope NNSL editorial staff will ensure the RCMP understand they have no basis for their complaint against John and we will not tolerate any attempts to channel news away from him.”

via RCMP Bans Reporter due to his “Disrespectful Tone” | CANADALAND.

David Carr’s Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students – NYTimes.com

David Carr’s Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students – NYTimes.com.

Excerpt

“…David Carr was known at The New York Times as a supreme talent scout, a mentor to young reporters and a blunt critic of those who didn’t measure up. He was a natural teacher, and right up until the day he died last week, he was bent on minting the next generation of journalists. Last fall, David joined the faculty at Boston University’s communications school. While David did not write his curriculum as a column, it has all the essential ingredients of one. So here it serves as the final Media Equation under David’s byline.

“I love the current future of journalism we are living through and care desperately about getting my students ready to prosper in this new place,” read the quotation below David’s portrait in a photo gallery at B.U., where David served as the first Andrew R. Lack professor.

The class he taught offered a window into the future he was trying to shape. His course, called Press Play, focused on the cutting edge of media and was about “making and distributing content in the present future we are living through.” David cared deeply about nurturing reporters-to-be — college students who felt the calling and were looking for a spiritual guide to help them navigate the rapidly shifting media landscape…..”

The Epic #PooRace or ” #flush the right stuff ” in 8 parts from #Canmore #AB #GreyH2O

Epic Poo Race.

The Epic Poo Race or “flush the right stuff” http://ow.ly/HQecx in 8 parts from Canmore AB

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Part Two

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