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Laurier Journalism professor named editor-in-chief of J-Source
Bruce Gillespie has had a diverse career in journalism, and as of August 1 he will begin another new experience.
Gillespie, an assistant professor in the Journalism program at Laurier Brantford, was recently announced as the new editor-in-chief of J-Source: The Canadian Journalism Project.
J-Source is a national online project that provides news, information, resources and commentary about events, issues and challenges in Canadian journalism. It serves as a hub for journalists, journalism educators and members of the public with an interest in journalistic excellence.
“I’m delighted to be taking the reins of J-Source,” says Gillespie. “In the past six years, J-Source has become a valuable tool for researchers, professionals and students across the country. So this is an exciting opportunity for me but also for Laurier Brantford students, who I’m hoping to get more involved with the site.”
Gillespie has been published in Canadian Business, Canadian Geographic, MoneySense, Chatelaine, National Post, This Magazine, and Quill and Quire. Prior to his appointment at Laurier, he also served as the editor-in-chief of the personal finance website Bankrate.ca, developed special sections of the Financial Post Magazine, and served as editor of the news section of This Magazine while a freelance journalist.
He is the co-editor of two anthologies of creative nonfiction: Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids and Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption, as well as an anthology about lesbian and gay relationships and families, which will be published in Spring 2014.
“This is a wonderful honour for Bruce, and well deserved,” said John McCutcheon, acting dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts. “This is a reflection of the innovative approach of the Journalism program at Laurier that melds theory and practice, and our affiliation with J-Source will provide an incredible opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience in the industry.”
J-Source was founded in 2007 by the Canadian Journalism Federation, and is currently transitioning to a new funding model for January 2014, which will see it housed in journalism schools across the country.
Gillespie’s appointment marks the first time the editor-in-chief will not be a Ryerson University professor.