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Reporting from religious ignorance

How can journalists write on cultures they're not fundamentally familiar with?

1Religijne symbole0Take a look at many news media reports within the last month and you will come across the words "religion", "radical" and "extremist" – you won't even need luck to find them all in the same sentence.

Now more than ever, the focus of mainstream media includes reports that center on world religions and their interpretations and ramifications.

That being said, as journalists our purpose lies in serving the public, so it seems an obvious conclusion that we must fairly and accurately report on issues that directly involve religion. It is also our duty to take our news coverage a step further than simple facts, and provide context for our audiences about the situations we report on.

Moreover, the nation of Canada is by no means secular; in truth many of our laws were founded on biblical principles and beliefs.

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My nomadic childhood

Studies have shown that moving around a lot as a child can cause problems in adulthood

thumb1Untitled"So we're moving to Canada," my dad said.

I remember the day four years ago like it happened today. My mom, my brother and I stared at him as he handed us the papers showing our Visas had come through.

"It will be good for us guys," he said seeing the anguish on our faces.
"You can start over all over again. Be a whole new person."

Anxiety swirled around in my stomach. I didn't want to move again. All the moving had left me feeling like a seed that had never been planted. Couldn't I just for once settle down?

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Analysis: Dart Center's 'Global safety' recommendations fail to arm Canadian freelance journalists with necessary supports

American report does little to suggest attainable solutions to the industry's financial woes

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Amara McLaughlin is a third-year journalism student at Mount Royal University in Calgary. She reported in the West Bank in 2013 as part of ieiMedia's international reporting program. Her work has appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Powder Magazine, the Common Sense Canadian, CTV and the Calgary Journal. Amara is participating in the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism fellowship program this summer through which she is slated to intern at Moment Magazine in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at @amaramclaughlin

At a time when journalism and freedom of expression are under attack throughout the world, the truly brave journalists among us are foreign correspondents. This is because few people have the capacity to withstand the dangers, realities and sacrifices that characterize war reporting.

"War reporting is the deep end of the pool," says Matthew Fisher, Canada's longest-serving foreign correspondent and international affairs reporter at the National Post.

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CTrain ride brings unexpected conversation

Interesting and tired faces appear during the train's night time commute

THUMBFlood-2 It's like a black and white movie, standing there on the platform in the chilled night air. A few dark figures lie and wait for the metal carriages to come hurtling down the tracks. A couple sits huddled together on a beat up wooden bench, illuminated by a yellow ball of light. On the dimly lit platform, it's very picturesque, yet lonely.

 Standing there encompassed by the graffitied walls and scratched up windows, the station feels worn down just like many of the tired faces that pass through its doors each night. Commuters drag their tired bodies towards the train doors, heavy bags under their eyes and a longing for sleep.

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