REPLAY: Best Practices & Ethics for Freelance Writers

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From Oct. 22/21: The conversation will cover best practices and ethics for emerging and experienced writers alike, with ample time for Q&A. Writers will learn from a seasoned panel, including Maclean’s staff writer Jason Markusoff, editors Rachel Giese of Xtra Magazine and Steven Sandor of Edify. The panel is moderated by full-time freelance journalist (and PanU founder) Omar Mouallem.


The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association sustains a healthy and thriving magazine industry by serving the people who publish, create, print and distribute an uniquely Albertan view of the world. It’s a classroom, a forum, a newsletter, an advocate and a united voice for magazine publishers in the province. Since 1997, AMPA has supported Alberta magazines through promotion, advancement, and practical programs that foster professional development and industry growth.

Rachel Giese is a journalist and the editorial director of Xtra, the world’s oldest LGBTQ2 media organization. Previously, she was editor-at-large at Chatelaine, deputy editor of The Grid, and a senior editor at The Walrus. Her first book, Boys: What it Means to Become a Man, was the winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2018. She lives in Toronto.

Jason Markusoff has written about Alberta life, politics, cities and economy for 13 years, first at the Edmonton Journal and then at the Calgary Herald. He is currently the Alberta correspondent for Maclean‘s magazine, based in Calgary. His coverage of the Alberta floods and Fort McMurray wildfires has won national and international journalism awards. He sits on the board of directors for Canadian Association of Journalists.

Steven Sandor is the editor of Edify Magazine, a city magazine in Edmonton (formerly known as Avenue), which has been nominated for numerous National Magazine Awards and won Alberta Magazine of the Year three times since 2015. Steven has also authored 10 books, and he has been a sports journalist and a soccer broadcaster for more than a decade.

Omar Mouallem is the founder of Pandemic University. His writing has appeared in dozens of titles across the globe, including WIRED and Rolling Stone. His stories have been recognized by the National Magazine Awards, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and the Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting. In addition to writing, Omar co-founded two magazines, consulted on titles, and hosted the Alberta Magazines podcast.


Canadian Association of Journalists Ethics Guidelines

Duncan McCue’s Reporting In Indigenous Communities

Dart Center’s guide to trauma-informed journalism

Trans Journalists Association style guide

Media guidelines for reporting on suicide

National Association of Black Journalists style guide

Xtra magazine Editorial Standards and Policies

Objectivity Is a Privilege Afforded to White Journalists

A Reckoning Over Objectivity, Led by Black Journalists

Washington Post reverses prohibition on reporter from writing about sexual assault

BBC ‘no bias’ rules prevent staff joining LGBT pride marches


Alberta Magazine Publishers Association: Code of Reader & Advertiser Engagement

For purchase: Media Law for Canadian Journalists, 3rd Edition