My journalism concentrates on the intersections of science, society, economy, and citizenship/policy.
Agence France-Presse, The Globe and Mail, and Time Magazine published the majority of my work, as a lifelong independent contractor. Freelance clients range from the New York Times to medical journals. Formal positions, in chronological order, include the Yellowknifer (reporter-photographer), Fort McMurray TODAY, (reporter-photographer-desker), Canadian Press (desker, Halifax), Report on Business Magazine (contributing editor), Chatelaine (contributing editor), and the Vancouver Sun (editorial board member, then columnist, until a hedge fund destroyed it). I co-founded and edited the employee-owned digital journal Facts and Opinions (2013-2017).
I now selectively freelance, work on creative photography, and write fiction.
I do no marketing/public relations, “native advertising,” “sponsored content” or stories-for-hire. (Confusing these areas with journalism violates public trust in the ethical, evidence-based information we all need. Journalism in the public interest, to misquote George Orwell, is the only kind of journalism.)
I am a lifelong advocate for journalism – a key pillar of democracy and a legacy of Kant’s Enlightenment challenges “Dare to know,” and “think for yourself” – which is today in crisis. Journalism is under attack by anti-democratic forces that benefit politically and financially from its absence, suspected by a citizenry that has failed to both support and demand better ethical quality journalism, overwhelmed by social media disinformation and an “attention economy,” and starved of funds. Journalists ourselves are powerless to fix these: informed citizens and far-sighted governments must make the systematic changes to rebuild journalism media, and battered journalism platforms.
See my “About” page for a more general bio.
Archives, selected (password protected)*:
*Stories are password-protected due to copyright and trolling issues. Please contact me for access.
All images and words on this site are mine, except where otherwise noted.
Photo credits on this page: Top, in Ecuador © Gavin Kennedy 2014. Bottom, on assignment at the Vancouver Law Courts © Gavin Kennedy 2017.
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