For more information please contact Steven Reid at: steven.reid3@carleton.ca.

Updated June 23, 2022

Don’t Call Me Resilient podcast:

Labour, Rest & Resilience: Looking for academics that can speak to unequal distribution of physical and emotional labour amongst marginalized communities. How do they/can they centre rest in their lives? How do they build up resilience to the microaggressions they experience daily?

Health/Medicine: 

Poliovirus was recently detected in sewage in London, U.K. Looking for an explainer about what the discovery means (including what “vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2)” means), shedding and potential risk levels to public health.

Deadline: ASAP

COVID in kids: Looking for stories about longer-term effects of COVID-19 in children, including diabetes, long COVID, multisystem inflammatory syndrome and impact on organs.

Deadline: ASAP

Respiratory health in hot weather: looking for stories on respiratory health risks of hot weather, including who is at risk, what warning signs to look for, and management of conditions like allergies, asthma, COPD and COVID-19.

Deadline: ASAP

Sun protection: Interested in seasonal stories about sun protection, skin damage and sun safety.

Deadline: ASAP

Updated June 22, 2022

Arts: 

Seeking ‘summer reads’ story pitches.

Deadline: July 10

Roots is re-introducing its 80s Beaver Canoe line in response to seeing a second hand / vintage market. Seeking a piece from fashion scholar on the 80s.

Deadline:  July 10

Business:

The U.S. central bank has just hiked its interest rate by the biggest amount since 1994 to rein in inflation. What does this mean for Canada? How will it impact the Bank of Canada’s interest rate?

Deadline: ASAPHealth/Medicine: 

Respiratory health in hot weather: Looking for stories on respiratory health risks of hot weather, including who is at risk, what warning signs to look for, and management of conditions like asthma, COPD and COVID-19.

Deadline: ASAP

Sun protection: Interested in seasonal stories about sun protection, skin damage and sun safety.

Deadline: ASAP

Updated June 14, 2022

Top Gun: Maverick has had a strong and successful cinema launch. What does this say about people’s fondness for the original movie or seeing it on the big screen vs. streaming in a post-pandemic time?

Deadline: ASAP

Culture + Society:

June is Indigenous History Month and Pride Month. Open to any pitches that touch on both.

Deadline: ASAP

Health/Medicine: 

Looking for an explainer about Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome and its causes. The condition has been in the news since Justin Bieber cancelled concert dates because of facial paralysis.

Deadline: ASAP

Interested in stories about cholera, and the significance of its emergence in Ukraine four months after the Russian invasion. Also interested in stories about the history of cholera.

Deadline: ASAP

Respiratory health in hot weather: Looking for stories on respiratory health risks of hot weather, including who is at risk, what warning signs to look for, and management of conditions like asthma, COPD and COVID-19.

Deadline: ASAP

Sun protection: Interested in seasonal stories about sun protection, skin damage and sun safety.

Deadline: ASAP

Energy + Environment:

The B.C. coroner’s report on the June 2021 heat dome found gaps in the warning and emergency preparedness systems that might have saved lives. I’m looking for a story that uses the report as a jumping off point to talk about heat waves, health risks and preparedness more broadly, for publication the week of June 20.

Deadline: ASAP

Updated June 9, 2022

Business/Economy: 

According to the recent Youthful Cities Real Affordability Index, young people in Canada run an average deficit of $750 a month living in cities and the ripple effects should raise concerns. Looking for someone to take a look at the report, contextualize the key takeaways from it and end with some calls to action.

Deadline: ASAP

Edmonton video-game workers voted to unionize their studio. It’s the first in Canada, and they remain rare in North America. Looking for an article about why, in an industry plagued with rumours of exploitative working conditions, unions are rare, and what this means for the future of the industry.

Deadline: ASAP

Cryptocurrency theft is on the rise. According to the 2021 Chainanalysis Crypto Crime report, $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency has been stolen so far this year. I’m looking for pitches on why crypto theft & scams are on the rise, whether or not cryptocurrency is safe, and how people can protect themselves — is regulation the answer? Disclaimers?

Deadline: ASAP

Health/Medicine: 

COVID in kids: Looking for stories about long-term effects of COVID-19 in children, including diabetes, long COVID, multisystem inflammatory syndrome and impact on organs.

Deadline: ASAP

Respiratory health in hot weather: Looking for stories on respiratory health risks of hot weather, including who is at risk, what warning signs to look for, and management of conditions like asthma, COPD and COVID-19.

Deadline: ASAP

Sun protection: Interested in seasonal stories about sun protection, skin damage and sun safety.

Deadline: ASAP

Interested in a story about B.C.’s plan to decriminalize possession of small amounts of hard drugs, and the potential impact of this change on people who use drugs and on the opioid crisis.

Deadline: ASAP

Energy + Environment:

The B.C. coroner’s report on the June 2021 heat dome found gaps in the warning and emergency preparedness systems that might have saved lives. I’m looking for a story that uses the report as a jumping off point to talk about heat waves, health risks and preparedness more broadly, for publication the week of June 20.

Deadline: ASAP

Education

Pope Francis plans to visit Canada on the feast of St. Anne. Seeking pitches about the meaning of this timing given charged legacies of this saint in Canada, including the horrific legacy of the St. Anne’s residential school and devotional practices venerating Jesus’s grandmother.

Deadline: June 30

Science & Technology:

We’re looking for stories on the science of death — how does a body die? What processes take place during dying, and after? What research investigates how to evade or delay death, and related, what are we learning from non-human animals about states of dormancy.

Deadline: ASAP

Updated June 7, 2022

Arts:

Top Gun: Maverick has had a strong and successful cinema launch.  What does this say about people’s fondness for the original or big screen vs. streaming post-pandemic?

Deadline:  ASAP

Business/Economy: 

Cryptocurrency theft is on the rise. According to the 2021 Chainanalysis Crypto Crime report, $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency has been stolen so far this year. I’m looking for pitches on why crypto theft and scams are on the rise, whether or not crypto is safe, and how people can protect themselves — is regulation the answer? Disclaimers?

Deadline: ASAP

Culture + Society:

June is Indigenous History Month and Pride Month. I’m looking for pitches that touch on both.

Deadline: ASAP

Education

Pope Francis plans to visit Canada on the feast of St. Anne. Seeking pitches about the meaning of this timing given charged legacies of this saint in Canada, including the horrific legacy of the St. Anne’s residential school and devotional practices venerating Jesus’s grandmother.

Deadline: June 30

Updated June 2, 2022

Arts:

Top Gun: Maverick has had a strong and successful cinema launch.  What does this say about people’s fondness for the original or big screen vs. streaming post-pandemic?

Deadline:  ASAP

Business/Economy: 

Cryptocurrency theft is on the rise. According to the 2021 Chainanalysis Crypto Crime report, $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency has been stolen so far this year. I’m looking for pitches on why crypto theft and scams are on the rise, whether or not crypto is safe, and how people can protect themselves — is regulation the answer? Disclaimers?

Deadline: ASAP

Culture + Society:

Reaction to the Depp v. Heard verdict. What impact this will have on those who speak out about domestic abuse but don’t name their abuser? How might the success of the defamation suit impact folks who try and speak truth to power, including journalists?

Deadline: ASAP

Education

Pope Francis plans to visit Canada on the feast of St. Anne. Seeking pitches about the meaning of this timing given charged legacies of this saint in Canada, including the horrific legacy of the St. Anne’s residential school and devotional practices venerating Jesus’s grandmother.

Deadline: June 30

Health/Medicine: 

I’m interested in a story about B.C.’s plan to decriminalize possession of small amounts of hard drugs, and the potential impact of this change on people who use drugs and on the opioid crisis.

Deadline: ASAP

Science & Technology:

I’m looking for stories on scent — how do we smell? How does our sense of smell develop, and what happens when things go wrong? How is smell associated with memory? I’m interested in all things smelly from smell-maps to perfume development, from the role of scent in relationships to nonlethal weapons development.

Deadline: ASAP

Updated May 31, 2022

Arts:

Top Gun: Maverick has had a strong and successful cinema launch.  What does this say about people’s fondness for the original or big screen vs. streaming post-pandemic?

Deadline:  ASAP

Energy + Environment:

I’m interested in pitches pegged to new research on heatwaves, including drivers, frequency or intensity, warning systems, impacts on health and infrastructure, and solutions.

Deadline: ASAP

Education

Pope Francis plans to visit Canada on the feast of St. Anne. Seeking pitches about the meaning of this timing given charged legacies of this saint in Canada, including the horrific legacy of the St. Anne’s residential school and devotional practices venerating Jesus’s grandmother.

Deadline: July 1

Updated May 26, 2022

Health + Medicine: 

Monkeypox: Seeking commentary from infectious disease experts on monkeypox, including effects, treatments and how it’s spread, as well as potential impact of current outbreaks.

Deadline: ASAP

Interested in stories about smallpox and smallpox vaccination, the relationship between smallpox and monkeypox, the efficacy of smallpox vaccination against monkeypox, and whether older people vaccinated as children are protected.

Deadline: ASAP

Also looking for stories about zoonosis, more generally.

Deadline: ASAP

Energy + Environment:

The current H5N1 outbreak is sweeping through wild bird populations more readily than ever. I’m looking for a story that digs into the virus’s genetics or one that discusses the impact of the virus on wild birds in North America or globally, especially those that are already under threat.

Deadline: ASAP

I’m interested in pitches pegged to new research on heatwaves, including drivers, frequency or intensity, warning systems, impacts on health and infrastructure, and solutions.

Deadline: ASAP

Science & Technology:

We’re looking for stories on research in children’s toy design, and the development, applications and implications of new technologies.

Deadline: ASAP