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Ivor Shapiro



Ivor Shapiro is a journalist and journalism professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He has worked as a reporter, magazine editor, and editorial trainer, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journalism Project (J-Source.ca), a national website providing information, commentary and resources related to the achievement of, and challenges to, excellence. His research interests include defining quality, standards, competencies and best practices in journalism. And he is the editor of a textbook on the elements of feature writing.

Born and raised in South Africa, Ivor immigrated to Canada in 1985. He is a former contributing editor of the currently defunct Saturday Night magazine, and former managing editor of Chatelaine magazine. He has written feature articles for those magazines as well as Toronto Life, The Walrus, Maclean's, Today's Parent and The Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine, among others. Ivor has been honoured six times at the National Magazine Awards and has been a finalist for a Canadian Association of Journalists award for investigative journalism. His first book of literary journalism, What God Allows: The Crisis of Faith and Conscience in One Catholic Church (Doubleday, New York: 1996), was praised by critics in Canada as well as the U.S. His magazine writing has been chosen for several anthologies.

Samples of published work

Reviews of published work

The Ryerson School of Journalism

The Canadian Journalism Project (J-Source.ca/ProjetJ.ca)

The Bigger Picture: Elements of Feature Writing


Other stuff

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This site was last updated on June 18, 2008