Equal Press #FeatureFriday is a space to highlight individuals or organizations doing noteworthy work in the areas of media, violence prevention, or gender equality. This week, we are thrilled to feature another member of the amazing Equal Press advisory committee – we are so grateful to the brilliant, diverse group contributing their knowledge to this project.
Peg Fong is a journalist who was formerly a staff reporter at The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the CBC in Vancouver. She now writes for the Economist Magazine as their Vancouver correspondent. At Langara College, which has the oldest journalism school in western Canada, she is a full-time instructor and teaches the Fundamentals of Reporting, Feature Writing and Journalism Ethics. Graduates of the program now work all over the world from Hong Kong to Rome to Smithers, Parksville, Abbotsford, Surrey, Toronto and Vancouver.
When asked about the importance of teaching journalism students about ethics, Peg said:
“Ethical journalism has never been more important and more needed than now. We live in an era where information is rampant and all-consuming. Journalists have a vital role in delivering facts as objectively as possible so readers can reach their own conclusions.”
The Economist is an English-language weekly magazine-format newspaper owned by the Economist Group and edited at offices in London.
The Journalism Program at Langara College offers professional training to students planning to become practicing journalists and introduces them to important aspects of the communications industry. Its goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level jobs in journalism, whether in print, broadcasting or online. The program emphasizes strong writing skills, the necessary groundwork for careers in all journalism sectors.