rabble.ca is happy to announce that Meagan Gillmore will be joining the rabble.ca team as our labour beat reporter for 2017.
rabble is one of the only media that prioritizes our coverage of labour stories, and initiated this paid editorial internship, in partnership with Unifor. In 2015, we were delighted to broaden our partnership to CALM (Canadian Association of Labour Media) and extend the reach and impact of this much-needed labour beat in Canadian media. We are very pleased to have Meagan Gillmore join us for the 2017 internship, covering labour news.
Gillmore follows in the footsteps of Teuila Fuatai who was the labour Beat Reporter last year, Ella Bedard who worked with rabble.ca in 2015, H.G. Watson, who worked with rabble.ca in 2013-2014, and Lori Theresa Waller, who was rabble.ca's inaugural labour beat reporter in 2012-2013.
Gillmore lives in Toronto as a freelance journalist and occasional editor. Her background includes working as reporter at The Yukon News in Whitehorse, Yukon and a copy editor for Brunswick News Inc. in Saint John, N.B. She holds a graduate certificate in publishing from Centennial College (2014) and a degree in English and journalism from Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus (2011). Her writing in the campus newspaper, The Sputnik, about a contentious municipal redevelopment project earned her the 2011 David S. Barr Award in the college division from The Newspaper Guild-CWA.
The labour beat reporter internship was created in 2012 by rabble.ca and is a partnership with Unifor, Canada's largest union in the private sector, with the goal of improving understanding of the labour movement across Canada and creating a bank of labour reporting expertise among emerging journalists. The success of the project has led rabble.ca, in partnership with Unifor and now CALM, to continue the position, now into its fifth iteration. "We're excited and honoured to continue this partnership with Unifor, which continues to build up knowledge and understanding of the labour movement throughout Canada," says Publisher, Kim Elliott.
The long-term goal of the labour beat position is to equip reporters with new skills and to enhance their knowledge of the labour movement and workers' issues. This position will provide nine months of labour reporting at rabble.ca, but as the labour beat reporters continue careers in journalism, their time on the labour beat is sure to enhance labour coverage and understanding in the media as a whole.