#FollowFriday: Introducing CJFE’s Review Team

Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Francine Navarro

As we prepare to release our fifth annual Review of Free Expression in Canada at the end of this month, our team is working tirelessly to make sure every article is in the best shape possible before the publication goes to the printers.

For this week’s #FollowFriday, we want to acknowledge the dedicated volunteers who generously give their time, effort and talents to producing our Review. Your donations to our crowdfunding campaign support the hours of work our small and dedicated team commits to the Review, and we’re eager to share and celebrate the fruits of their labour when we launch on April 30.

Jaclyn Law, Managing Editor
Jaclyn began copy editing for CJFE in 2008 and quickly moved on to become the managing editor of our Press Freedom Review – a publication that covered international free expression issues – the following year. She was the editor of our very first Review of Free Expression in Canada and currently shares the editing duties of the Review and CJFE’s Gala publication with Cara Smusiak.

As a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Jaclyn puts her versatile skills to good use, working with clients from various industries, including magazines, non-profits, companies and agencies. Given her contributions to CJFE, and her leadership of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) Toronto Chapter, Jaclyn’s passion for writing fits nicely with her volunteer work. “Writers can accomplish great things when we work together,” she says, “whether it’s supporting press freedom in other countries or fighting the erosion of writers’ rights in Canada.” Talking about her continued involvement with CJFE, Jaclyn says, “Journalists around the world put their lives on the line to report the truth – I’m honoured to help share their stories and raise awareness about the struggles they face.”

Follow Jaclyn on Twitter: @jaclynlaw
Learn more about her freelance work: facebook.com/editorjaclyn

Cara Smusiak, Managing Editor
Cara’s involvement with CJFE began in 2009, when she first contributed as a copy editor of the Press Freedom Review. Two years later, she joined CJFE’s Gala Steering Committee and has since overseen the development of publications for the annual CJFE Gala with Jaclyn. Cara was also the managing editor of our third Review of Free Expression in Canada.

During the week, Cara is the managing editor of Canadian Family magazine, where she works with writers to develop ideas, edit recipes, and write about books, gifts, health and other family issues – all while meeting some very time-sensitive deadlines. In addition to volunteering with CJFE, she also contributes occasional book reviews for Quill & Quire and is on the judging panel of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors’ annual awards. With a busy schedule and an eagerness to help, Cara admits she’s known for sending email messages at 3 a.m. “Hectic as it can be,” she says fondly, “I thoroughly enjoy all the projects I’m involved in.”

Follow Cara on Twitter: @carasmusiak

Colleen Nicholson, Art Director
Colleen’s clean yet striking layouts brought our 2012-2013 Review to life, and we’re thrilled to have her return as Art Director for this year’s edition.

Before assuming her present position as the art director at Canadian Family magazine, she was associate art director at Canadian House & Home magazine and the assistant art director at Canadian Gardening magazine. Colleen is also an incredibly skilled photographer, specializing in travel, documentary, and portrait photography.

View Colleen’s online portfolio: dropthefish.com

Andrew Williamson, Photo Editor
A freelance photographer and creative coordinator, Andrew’s involvement with CJFE began shortly after he was hired by Al Jazeera to support their #FreeAJStaff campaign. He lends his keen visual eye and professional photography skills to bring us images that will give some punch to the articles you’ll find in the upcoming Review.

Andrew has previously worked as a photographer/videographer for the Premier of Ontario, staff photographer for North by Northeast (NXNE), and an exhibition coordinator in Toronto.

View Andrew’s online portfolio: andrewwilliamson.ca

Cinders McLeod, Cartoonist
Cinders is the imaginative cartoonist behind the striking illustrations that brighten up this and last year’s Review. Previously a political cartoonist for various British newspapers and The Globe and Mail, where she also held the post of art director until June 2013, her passion for freedom of expression led her to contribute her artistic skills to CJFE.

At the moment, Cinders is busy pursuing some very fulfilling personal projects: writing and illustrating children’s books; penning a novel about her great-great-grandmother; and keeping up her blog, “My Life as a Sketchbook: A Visual Autobiography.”

View Cinders’s online portfolio: cindersmcleod.com
Visit her blog: cindersmcleod.tumblr.com

Amber Garratt, Factchecker
Amber was inspired to get involved with CJFE after learning about the organization as a student at Humber College. In addition to contributing to the Review as one of our factcheckers, she works as a freelance journalist and a grant writer for non-profits. An intrepid traveler, Amber spent the summer of 2013 living at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania.

Follow Amber on Twitter: @ambergarratt

Kate McCullough, Factchecker
A former CJFE intern, Kate has been factchecking for CJFE’s publications for the last year and a half. In 2013, she graduated from Humber College’s print and broadcast journalism program, where she worked as executive editor of Convergence, Humber’s flagship media magazine. She is currently studying political science and African studies at the University of Toronto. In addition to speaking French and some Spanish, Kate is also learning Swahili.

Follow Kate on Twitter: @katejmccullough
Visit her blog: katejmccullough.wordpress.com