At The Desk

Tips for researching and pitching news stories about Indigenous peoples.

First Contact

There’s a long history of non-Aboriginal people coming to Aboriginal communities, asking about people’s lives, requesting their stories, then LEAVING.  Read more…

News Stereotypes of Aboriginal People

An elder once told me the only way an Indian would make it on the news is if he or she was one of the 4Ds: drumming, dancing, drunk, or dead. Read more…

Beyond Victims and Warriors

The trick to avoiding stereotypical news coverage from Aboriginal communities is digging up different stories that don’t fall into those tired victim/warrior narratives, or parrot back the latest press conference called by some Aboriginal group. Simple enough, right?  Read more…

Positive and Negative Stories

News stories from Indian Country, so often negative in tone and subject matter, aren’t unlike that evil Hollywood Indian. Who would blame Aboriginal people for being weary of “disaster coverage” from their communities? Read more…

Searching for Solutions to “the Indian Problem”

How many stories about Aboriginal peoples start this way?

“The statistics paint a bleak picture of Aboriginals in Canada. Young Aboriginal males with five times the national youth suicide rate; prison population eight times the national average; diabetes and tuberculosis levels at epidemic proportions; thirty percent of the children in welfare care in Canada are Aboriginal, etc. etc. etc.” Read more…

How to Get Stories Assigned

Assignment editors are the gatekeepers of our industry. Every day, they’re faced with an enormous task: fill the news program or newspaper with stories that are new, relevant and edgy. Most days, there are too many stories to cover, and not enough reporters. Read more…