“That Was Then, This Is Now” explores the beginnings of some of Canada’s favourite writers and journalists
John Macfarlane, seasoned journalist and editor, did not have any experience in news reporting or journalism until his first year of political science at the University of Alberta (now the University of Calgary). Macfarlane got involved with student reporting and started writing for The Gauntlet , the university’s student paper. By the second year of his program, Macfarlane was editor of the paper.
During his third year, Macfarlane ran for Canadian University Press (CUP) president and won the election. At the time, Dic Doyle, then editor of The Globe and Mail, was CUP’s honorary president.
About the author
Matha Beach was the Head of Research of the Summer 2012 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism.