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Big news friends! I'm changing jobs, having a baby, retiring, and just won a nobel prize!

(None of that is true, but it probably got Google Plus' attention. ;) )

So, here's the important news that is true: The Tyee​, one of Canada's few remaining independent newsrooms, is building a "war chest" to increase their coverage of the upcoming Canadian federal election. These funds will help The Tyee fight rumours, myths, and misinformation about the issues at hand, and shine light on Canada's political realities. I hope that you'll consider personally funding some of this much-needed reporting: https://support.thetyee.ca/?campaign=psfb

If you need more convincing, read on... 

As some of you already know, The Tyee is one of the two organizations in Canada that I've decided to put my monthly financial support behind -- and that's not just because they're one of my longest-standing clients. I've been working on projects with the fine people at The Tyee for almost 8 years now. There's a good reason that we keep collaborating again and again: if I were to distill it down, it's because the passion, excitement, and political savviness that emanates from the The Tyee's ultra-lean newsroom is utterly contagious. 

These last few months, I've worked from The Tyee's downtown Vancouver newsroom a few days each week. I eavesdrop on folks like Katie Hyslop​, David Ball​, and Geoff Dembicki​ as they pitch story-after-story, each one better than the last. I get e-mails from The Tyee's national reporter, Jeremy Nuttall​, as he work his magic to crank out great weekend reads like this: http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/03/21/Harry-Smith-Is-Coming-For-Stephen-Harper/ or insider perspectives like this: http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/01/31/Inside_Orwellian_Launch_Tories_Anti_Terrorism_Act/

What can I say: I'm impressed and inspired by these folks everyday. 

This is a big year for The Tyee: now armed with more editorial resources (new EiC Jane Armstrong​, and ME Robyn Smith​), and a mandate from thousands of readers across the country, they are digging into the issues that matter in The Tyee's signature style: plucky, independent, investigative, opinionated. Each dollar raised during this campaign goes directly to reporting on critical questions about Canada's future. 

At today's editorial meeting, the entire staff crowded into a tiny boardroom and brainstormed a vision for some innovative election reporting in the coming months. I hope you'll join me in helping to make it happen.

End of pitch. Check out the video below. Help get the word out. Consider a one-time contribution if you can. Thanks for listening. :)

https://support.thetyee.ca/?campaign=psfb
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Fun little The Tyee project: We leveraged some crowdsourced data from our friends -- hard-working Langara College journalism students -- and tried to shine some light on the oddly-divided transit debate here in Metro Vancouver.
The Transit Question: How Leaders Will Vote
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Back to work today, after five days of incredible creative inspiration with all the people behind Beautiful Trouble, Beautiful Solutions, Beautiful Rising, Climate Ribbon, This Changes Everything and so much more. The setting wasn't bad either: http://www.bluemountaincenter.org/ ‪#‎BigSmile‬
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This is pretty amazing: 200+ city council candidates, one photo [Updated!] http://everycandidate.org/2014/10/01/first-look/ #TOpoli
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Popularity contest: Which council candidate is winning in your ward? http://everycandidate.org/2014/10/10/twitter-popularity/ #topoli  
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More than 100 updates to city council & TDSB candidate information (powered by you!) http://everycandidate.org/2014/09/29/data-updates/ #TOpoli #TOcouncil #opendata
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Today I've published a very preliminary version of "Every Candidate: More than just the race for mayor," http://everycandidate.org/2014/09/22/introducing-everycandidate-toronto/ This is what we believe to be the most complete set of information on 358 candidates for city council across Toronto's 44 wards.

Please share with your Toronto friends, family, and network. There's lots of work to be done to make this project better and I'm hoping people will lend a hand, do some research, or send a tip our way. It only take a few minutes to help out!
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Why do news orgs host hackathons? My take on 3 reasons @aljazeerair invested in the #MediaInContext event in Doha http://bit.ly/12jmCki
Musings on Al Jazeera's first media innovation hackathon
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Answer: The distance from Toronto to Montreal. What is the question? http://everycandidate.org/2014/10/15/toronto-to-montreal/ #TOpoli 
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Did you know that more than 30% of candidates live outside the ward they are running in? Find out who: http://everycandidate.org/2014/10/14/running-close-to-home/ #TOpoli 
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A first look at more than 200 city council candidates http://everycandidate.org/2014/10/01/first-look/ Please share!
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Digital publishing consultant, online advocacy specialist, and strategic convener.
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Digital publishing consultant, online advocacy specialist, and strategic convener.
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  • I'm a consultant. I’ve been consulting in one form or another for more than a decade and a half. I love helping people solve difficult challenges.
  • I started out as a new media producer. Then I followed my heart and my politics and became an online advocacy specialist. Later, I realized that change is difficult without an independent media, so I started working with publishers.
  • Now, I focus on news innovation: the technology and ideas that are shaping how users interact with journalism online.
  • To stay inspired, I like to hang out with really smart, creative, and passionate people, so I help to create spaces that bring them together, like The Awesome Foundation Toronto and Hacks/Hackers Toronto.
  • I’m intensely curious about the stuff that has a direct impact on my life, from local politics to open data.
  • In my spare time, I’m a geek. I tinker with Perl and JavaScript.
  • People ask what the A.D. stands for in phillipadsmith. I tell them it stands for "attention to detail" (but they also happen to be my initials).
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Oaxaca
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Toronto - Buenos Aires - Montreal - Seattle