John’s journalism roots go back to the 1970’s, with monthly columns and feature articles published in national news and specialty magazines in Canada and Australia.
Recent Journalistic Projects
July 2019 — John has joined the freelance writing team of the Daily Commercial News/Journal of Commerce, published by ConstructConnect. John is a regular weekly contributor to the column ‘Inside Innovation’, as well as other news and events related to the ICI construction industry.
John is now also an occasional contributor for Renovation Contractor magazine (Homes Publishing Group), aimed at the professional residential renovation industry in Canada. The magazine’s October/November 2019 print issue carried John’s cover feature.
January 2015 to June 2019 — John was the Associate Editor of Canadian Contractor magazine (Annex Business Media). Over that period, John completed over 600 freelance assignments in both the magazine’s on-line weekly and printed semi-monthly editions, as well as editing the work of other occasional contributors.
May 2014 to October 2014 — John wrote an on-line journal for Canadian Contractor magazine (Annex Business Media), detailing his experiences as a first-time General Contractor building his own home. This series ran for 21 consecutive weeks, with a weekly readership of between 300-600 professional contractors.
November 2010 to April 2014 — John was the co-founder and editor of a blog that covered Simcoe & Huronia’s live stage activities. During this period, John wrote dozens of articles and commentaries, and conducted profile interviews with theatre talents of both national and regional prominence. These articles and interviews are cataloged below under three headings:
Conversations & Profiles
Essays & Editorials
A Tale of 3 Cities (a look at municipal policy as it impacts on local theatre)