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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 18, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Bruce Gillespie

Associate Professor, Digital Media and Journalism

Contact Information
Phone: 519-756-8228 ext.5862
Fax: 519-752-1336
Office Location: RCW 322
Office Hours: By appointment only during the summer
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
  • Master of Arts-Integrated Studies in Cultural Studies, Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism, Ryerson University


Bruce Gillespie is an award-winning writer and editor. His work has appeared in a wide range of Canadian media, including Canadian Geographic, This Magazine, the National Post, Quill & Quire, Chatelaine and Saturday Night.

He is the editor of A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships and the co-editor of two other anthologies of creative nonfiction: Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids and Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption.

He is also the editor-in-chief of | The Canadian Journalism Project.

In the News

Ruby, Michelle. (April 23, 2014). "Essays explore queer relationships." Brantford Expositor.

Dagostino, Scott. (Apr. 17-30, 2014). "All in the family: new anthology examines queer relationships." Xtra.

Galloway, Matt. (Apr. 8, 2014). "Queer families." Metro Morning, CBC Radio.

Stricker, Laura. (Mar. 4, 2014). "No barrier here, city staff in Sudbury says." The Sudbury Star.

Kane, Laura. (Sept. 9, 2013). "Star and Globe to defend stories on Fords and drugs." The Toronto Star.

Do, Eric Mark. (June 20, 2013). "Bruce Gillespie appointed as editor-in-chief of J-Source as of August 1." J-Source: The Canadian Journalism Project.

Swick, David. (April 14, 2012). "Don't take free press for granted." The Chronicle Herald.

Douglas, Ann. (April 10, 2012)."Adoption: Book explores stigma that remains for adopted children." The Toronto Star. 

Rogers, Shelagh. (January 23, 2012). "Somebody's Child." The Next Chapter, CBC Radio.

Celli, Rita. (January 10, 2012). "Adoption stories." Ontario Today, CBC Radio.

Pope, Danielle. (November 23, 2011). "Adopting a new view." Monday Magazine.

Ruby, Michelle. (November 1, 2011). "New book tells moving tales of adoption." Brantford Expositor. 

Tremonti, Anna Maria. (June 6, 2011). "Father dearest." The Current, CBC Radio.

Additional Information

Selected Publications

Gillespie, B. (2015). "The Works of Edna Staebler: Using Literary Journalism to Celebrate the Lives of Ordinary Canadians." Literary Journalism Studies, 7(1): 58-75.

Gillespie, B. (Ed.). (2014). A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. Victoria: TouchWood Editions.

Gillespie, B. (2012). "Building Bridges between Literary Journalism and Alternative Ethnographic Forms: Opportunities and Challenges." Literary Journalism Studies, 4(2): 67-79.

Gillespie, B. (2012). "Clickers in the classroom." J-Source. The Canadian Journalism Project.

Gillespie, B. (2012). "'Why's This So Good?' No. 29: Andrea Curtis and the rhythm of mercy." Nieman Storyboard. Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Gillespie, B. and Van Luven, L. (Eds). (2011). Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption. Victoria: TouchWood Editions.

Van Luven, L. and Gillespie, B. (Eds). (2008). Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids. Victoria: TouchWood Editions.

Recent Conference Papers and Presentations

"Best practices for working with journalism students on a national news site." Toward 2020: New Directions in Journalism Education: Ryerson University, Toronto, May 31, 2014. With Tamara Baluja.

"Personal Writing and Reflection in Journalism Education." Canadian Communication Association: Brock University, St. Catharines, May 28-30, 2014.

"The Works of Edna Staebler: Using literary journalism to celebrate the lives of ordinary Canadians." Literary Journalism: Local, Regional, National and Global, The Ninth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies, The American University of Paris, France, May 15-17, 2014.

"The Structure Puzzle: Helping students understand how to organize and structure research for a feature-length story." Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, August 9-11, 2012.

"Getting to Know You: Who Are Journalism Students?" Canadian Communication Association: University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, May 30-June 1, 2012.

"Building bridges between ethnography and literary journalism." Literary Journalism: The Power and Promise of Story, the Seventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies. Ryerson University, Toronto, May 17-19, 2012.

"Us vs. them: a discourse analysis of reporting about the Harper government and press freedom." Press Freedom in Canada: A Status Report on the 30th Anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Ryerson University, Toronto, March 8-9, 2012.

"Best practices for teaching feature writing." Canadian Communication Association: Concordia University, Montreal, June 1-3, 2010.

"Rethinking the journalist-source relationship." Qualitatives 2010: Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, May 13-15, 2010.

"Developing a critical pedagogy for journalism education." Canadian Communication Association: Carleton University, Ottawa, June 28-29, 2009.

Courses Taught

JN/MX101: Reporting and Writing I

JN204: Journalism Law and Ethics

JN310: Advanced Interviewing and Reporting

JN312: News Writing & Copy-editing

JN319: Newsroom II

JN340: Magazine Writing

JN360: Advanced Writing & Reporting I

JN408: The Freelance Journalist

JN410: Directed Study in Literary Journalism

JN423: Journalism Project

JN/HR206: The Margin and the Mainstream

MX201: Media and Modernity