Paul Benedetti, Western University

Information And Media Studies Lecturer London, Ontario pbenedet@uwo.ca Office: (905) 525-5504

Bio/Research

I do most of my teaching in the graduate journalism program. I enjoy meeting the new students in the spring in Introduction to Journalism (J700), where we explore the fundamentals of the craft. In the fall, I teach Print (J753) and a course in Online Journalism (J732). In the second term I have a...

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Bio/Research

I do most of my teaching in the graduate journalism program. I enjoy meeting the new students in the spring in Introduction to Journalism (J700), where we explore the fundamentals of the craft. In the fall, I teach Print (J753) and a course in Online Journalism (J732). In the second term I have a small class on long-form or magazine-style writing (J737) which has more of a workshop feel and where students produce a fully developed magazine story. I also teach an undergraduate course (MIT347G) called Introduction to Online Writing and Information Architecture. The long-winded title tries to capture the idea that the course is focused on producing user-centred or human-centred Web sites, that is, sites that actually help people do what they are trying to do.

Over the last 20 years I have enjoyed working in print and online journalism. I worked first as a freelance magazine and newspaper writer and then at the Hamilton Spectator where I was a bureau reporter, a general assignment reporter, music writer, arts writer, columnist, feature writer and investigative reporter. I have also had extensive experience in the online world, working in the Southam New Media lab where I was the Producer on a multimedia CD-ROM project on media guru Marshall McLuhan. The CD, titled Understanding McLuhan, was produced in partnership with Voyager in New York and McGraw-Hill Ryerson in Canada. We were asked by Prentice-Hall to adapt the CD into a book which became On McLuhan: Forward Through the Rearview Mirror. I was part of a creative team that wrote daily content for a web site on AOL Canada for three years and later worked as the Executive Producer for C-Health and Canoe Travel at Canoe (www.canoe.ca) where we focused on developing original online news content. I was lucky enough to work with Wayne MacPhail to produce CanadaĆ­s first original online investigative series, Spin Doctors and then, the next year, Spin Doctors II, both of which examined the chiropractic industry in Canada. Wayne and I turned that research into a book, Spin Doctors: The Chiropractic Industry Under Investigation (Dundurn Press). I am the Deputy Editor and Interactive Editor for J-Source, The Canadian Journalism Project (www.j-source.ca) Canada's leading site on journalism. This fall, I was invited by Ryerson University professor Ivor Shapiro to write a chapter (and act as a sub-editor)for a book on feature writing. The book, The Bigger Picture: Elements of Feature Writing, is published by Emond-Montgomery. I continue to write for newspapers and magazines and have a keen interest in the media industry in Canada.



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