Well, it happened. I made a website, started a blog and subsequently ignored it. Oops. But I do have a (semi-valid) reason for doing so.
The job search is over. Hurray! I am now working as a sub-editor at The Canadian Press. I work with Pagemasters, doing copy editing for The Toronto Star. I’m getting paid to do something I love – read the news. Obviously there’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it. It’s been a great learning experience so far and I’m enjoying it.
The job itself is a bit of a sad statement about the industry I hope to continue working in. The only reason jobs were opened up at Pagemasters (six of us were hired at once) is because it’s cheaper for The Star to outsource that work rather than do it in-house. In other words, people lost their jobs. It just speaks a lot to the overwhelming job insecurity in journalism right now. People trying to break into the industry are trying to compete with older, experienced journalists who have been laid off. And how could that not exist? None of us are paying to read the news anymore. So I feel fortunate to have a job, and especially one where people seem happy and there isn’t a looming, constant fear of lay-offs.
On top of that, I’ve been doing a bit of freelance work. I contributed a piece to Heliophon about Canada Day (see below) and have plans to write another soon. I wrote one piece for Innovate Development and will be doing more. I get to combine my interests in writing and sustainable development, which is really great. And I also have some pieces lined up with a couple of magazines – but more on that once they’re actually published. Don’t want to get ahead of myself here.
So I have been writing. But not on here. This post is intended to kickstart my blog writing again, hopefully on a weekly basis. Keep an eye out for something I plan to write about the Canadian justice system and my involvement with the Walls to Bridges program, either directly for my blog or through Heliophon.