Dear Journalist is a monthly podcast created by the masthead at the Review of Journalism, interviewing established Canadian journalists about lessons they were only able to learn in the field.

DISCLAIMER: The interview in this episode took place in October 2023

Yezua Ho interviews Ivor Shapiro in the fourth episode of Dear Journalist, discussing with co-host Hannah Mercanti and Christina Apa afterwards.  

Shapiro is an emeritus professor of the School of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University and the former chair of the ethics advisory committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists. He has spent two decades researching journalists’ professional identity and values and taught ethics, media law and feature reporting. In this episode, Shapiro reminds all journalists of the importance of making friends, allowing yourself to make mistakes, and, most importantly— that journalism doesn’t get easier.

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The article Shapiro referred to in his interview: 

About the author

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Hannah Mercanti is a fourth-year undergraduate arts and culture journalist based in Toronto. They are the host of All My Books on Met Radio and the Literary Editor at CanCulture Magazine. When they aren’t writing, you can find them drinking coffee and reading Margaret Atwood books.

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Christina Apa is a fourth-year journalism student at Toronto Metropolitan University. She is passionate about women’s issues, arts and culture, and technology journalism. She is currently an editorial intern at Postcall. When she’s not writing you can find her crocheting something she’ll never wear.

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