Alison Garwood Jones

Rubin Naiman in conversation

Originally published in May 2010 in Blog

If I’m nice to be around, I’m sure it’s because I get more rest than most folks. I have enormous respect for sleep. I consciously avoid certain behaviors that will trip it up or mess with its mystery. I don’t, for example, blow cigarette smoke at it or push it away with too much alcohol and […]

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Free falling

Originally published in May 2010 in Blog

A year ago, if you’d asked me about blogs I would have told you I resented them. But that’s because I was following the lead of more experienced journalists I know. I got over that and decided it was time to crack open my heart and mind and stop placing a dollar sign on Every. […]

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You snooze, you lose

Originally published in May 2010 in Blog

Since when did sleep become the enemy? Was it when Martha Stewart gloated that she only needed three or four hours of it every night? Is that when the rest of us (this writer excluded) began pasting determined smiles over our exhausted bodies, when Martha taught us that less sleep = more corporate success? And […]

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Camp VJ: day two

Originally published in May 2010 in Blog

Today we’re reporting on the Queen’s Quay community with our flipcams — a different kind of swimming test! Yesterday we made cool word clouds of Obama’s speeches. The biggest words in his clouds were “HOPE” and “PROMISE.”

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Fast times at Newsy High

Originally published in May 2010 in Blog

Laptop: check iPhone: check Flipcam: check USB cables: check Audio recorder: check Pen and notebook: check, check Snack: check Bevvy: check, check Brain: CHECK! I’m off to the Toronto Star today for a three-day workshop for journalists on how to create digital content . If you wanna be a reporter and blogger today, you better […]

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But I was joking!

Originally published in May 2010 in Blog

To everyone who thought “AGJ” was Application No. 100,001 from Apple, then tried to buy it from the iPhone App Store, my tin cup thanks you!  It was a joke, dear readers! Look closer at the image (below) and you’ll see I used glue and scissors to create my mock-up. The ink-soaked paper, coughed out by my […]

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Newsflash: here’s my App!

Originally published in May 2010 in Blog

Good news. Steve Jobs approved my App last week! Here it is! It’s only .99 cents. My cut will help with groceries. Buy now and follow me in just one convenient touch. A high rating would be appreciated.   I knew this digital journalism thing would work out.

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In conversation with Maureen Judge

Originally published in May 2010 in Blog

In a display of human nature at its worst, I once worked with a fashionista who sneered, “Old ladies smell like sour milk.” Wow, I thought, if women can be this disdainful of their mother’s generation, we’ve got a problem. Judging by popular culture, society as a whole finds post-fertile women not worth looking at […]

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