rabble.ca is pleased to share some exciting changes to our virtual newsroom and to welcome Nick Seebruch as editor; Gabriela Calugay-Casuga as labour beat reporter; Mick Sweetman as community editor; Stephanie Davoli as digital engagement producer and Jillian Piper as audience engagement editor.
An expanded editorial team and a new era for progressive journalism
For over 21 years we’ve been at the forefront of reporting on national politics with a progressive lens that centres issues of social movements, labour and grassroots activism. Now, our expanded team will deepen rabble’s commitment to news reporting and to telling the stories so critical to transformative change.
Alongside publisher Kim Elliott and managing editor Breanne Doyle, Nick Seebruch will be leading the new staff into this exciting period of growth for rabble.ca. Seebruch completes our editorial team, which includes contributing editors Emma Lui, Shreya Kalra, and Barâa Arar.
Gabriela Calugay-Casuga joins our staff reporting team which includes national politics reporter Stephen Wentzell, journalism for change fellow Roxann Shapwaykeesic, and our senior Parliamentary reporter, Karl Nerenberg.
Together with our core columnists and contributors, our in-house podcasts, and our flagship monthly current affairs panel, Off the Hill, rabble continues to be a leading voice for independent, non-profit journalism in Canada.
Meet the people behind the headlines:
Nick Seebruch, editor
Nick Seebruch (he/him) joins rabble with a focus on news reporting and a passion for supporting emerging voices in journalism. Having worked as editor and lead reporter at Cornwall Seaway News for the past six years, Seebruch was previously a freelance reporter for the Alymer Bulletin, and interned at The Glengarry News. A history buff, Seebruch has been published in the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network’s Quebec Heritage News magazine where he worked as a university student.
“I am a strong believer in the responsibility that journalism has to the community that it serves and to society as a whole. As editor, I will make it a point to cover stories and perspectives of those who may not have a voice in the everyday discourse”, he explains. “I’m excited to be working with a team dedicated to producing independent, not-for-profit news and sharing the voices of those who are not covered in the mainstream media. My time here so far has been fantastic and I have received nothing but warm welcomes and support from the great crew here at rabble.”
In the month since joining, Seebruch has already produced several stories for rabble including sharing a report on extremism in military, rabble’s recent Workers Day of Mourning coverage, and Caryma Sa’d’s arrest at Doug Ford rally in Hamilton.
Gabriela Calugay-Casuga, labour beat reporter
Gabby Calugay-Casuga (she/they), a writer and activist based in Ottawa, joins rabble as our labour beat reporter and contributing editor.
Previously, Calugay-Casuga worked as a reporter at The Canadian Press where they developed their passion for justice-based and human rights reporting. Calugay-Casuga also has experience organizing for social and economic justice with groups such as ACORN Canada, Diversify Canterbury and Anakbayan. She is set to graduate from Carleton University’s Journalism and Humanities program in 2024.
“I’ve had a love for storytelling my whole life, but I chose to dedicate myself to the art of writing because it’s what makes me feel like a part of the world. If I do nothing else with my life, I will be happy if I know my journalism has done something good for people,” they said.
Follow Calugay-Casuga’s reporting at rabble.ca/issues/labour.
Jillian Piper, audience engagement editor
A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Jillian Piper (she/her) has five years of publishing experience. During her time at school, she interned at Global News’ Ottawa bureau where she wrote articles, conducted interviews for the Global National broadcast and asked politicians questions on Parliament Hill. At Carleton, Piper worked at the university’s newspaper the Charlatan for four years, serving as editor-in-chief in her final year. She also conducted communications research for Ottawa-based charities.
At rabble, Piper will be integral to expanding rabble’s audience and membership.
“From growing up in a town that was too small to have a local paper to working at a national media outlet, my new position at rabble is a dream come true,” she shared . “I can’t wait to share rabble’s independent journalism with news readers all across Canada as audience engagement editor.”
Stephanie Davoli, digital engagement producer
Stephanie Davoli (she/her) is a fourth year journalism student at Toronto Metropolitan University with a passion for digital journalism.
She brings to rabble an understanding of the importance of social-justice focused journalism and the power of digital storytelling for real change. As digital engagement producer, she’ll be translating rabble’s journalism to the social media spaces where readers consume the news.
“My love for journalism started in the eleventh grade when I founded and became editor-in-chief of my high school’s first student newspaper. This was where I first saw the power that journalism has, especially in regard to keeping young people informed on current local and world affairs,” she explained.“ As a journalist, I’ve learned how to focus on the stories that people really care about, and how to tell them in a way that makes people want to listen.”
Stephanie is also managing editor of New Wave Magazine.
Mick Sweetman, community editor
In addition to our new hires, Mick Sweetman, who is marking his one year anniversary with rabble, moves into a new role of community editor. As community editor, Sweetman will work to build rabble’s relationships with civil society and grassroots communities through managing and expanding the rabble’s In Cahoots advertising program and by coordinating the Lynn Williams Activist Toolkit.
“I’m looking forward to deepening rabble’s relationships with activists and trade unionists across Canada and helping amplify their voices,” Sweetman says.
Opportunities for new talent to shine
“We’re very excited to see rabble’s team expand, right off of the heels of our 21st anniversary, and building on the launch of our new website,” said rabble publisher, Kim Elliott. “As publisher I see part or our role in indie media as being a space for emerging journalists to grow. Our editorial vision remains strong as it continues to report on the widely under-reported roles of national movements across Canada, reiterating a founding commitment to cover the stories of transformative change.”
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