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#32 Jan Wong Isn’t Over It
The betrayed reporter is still fighting the Globe and Mail.

Weeks after 9/11, reporter Jan Wong smuggled a box cutter onto an Air Canada Flight to see if she could. Jan Wong had a celebrity gossip column but she interviewed a homeless woman instead. Jan Wong called Quebec out for racism years before the Values Charter. Jan Wong was punk rock. Then her editors threw her under the bus. She’s still not okay with that.

Guest:

Jan Wong (link)

Links:

The story that (eventually) got Wong fired (link)

Out of the Blue, Wong’s book about workplace depression and the Globe and Mail (link)

Thoughts on that Reddit post on the Danzig shooting (link)

Topics discussed:

Is it even ethical to teach journalism? Is it a job anymore? What happened with Jan Wong at the Globe? Did the paper’s corporate overlords at Bell demand her dismissal? Why did the Globe protect Wente but betray Wong? Did she ever truly fit in there? Why didn’t Wong become a manager or a columnist? Did she have to give them back her severance pay for breaking their gag order? Does Wong miss being a reporter?

May 11, 2015
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