We’re very sorry to throw you out of your routine by pushing the Alumni Essentials to Tuesday this week, but hopefully our piece on Jesse Brown and media criticism made up for it. We won’t make you wait any longer with this intro, below are some of our favourite recent pieces:

Winter 2012 multimedia editor Marta Iwanek’s most recent work for the Toronto Star is part of the moving story about Richard Wang, a single father struggling to raise his 8-year-old son. After the original profile was published, a Star reader reached out and gave Wang his first stable job. If you think these photos are beautiful, you definitely need to check out Iwanek’s 2014 year in review.

Sticking with 2012, senior online editor of the summer edition Matt Braga is settling in nicely to his role as editor of Motherboard Canada. In the past couple of weeks he’s turned out stories on experimental malware that can take down your Mac, the padlock that failed to protect the Communications Security Establishment of Canada headquarters and an art project that lets you watch all movies being pirated in real time.

Finally, Braga’s masthead mate, she-who-shall-not-be-namedwrote on Naheed Nenshi’s time in as mayor of the “whitest” city in the country.

That’s it for this week. Got anything we should feature here? Email the blog editor.