Our Readers Write
So many of you have written to tell
us how sources
works for you, we've decided to share some of your letters. We'd
also like to hear more criticisms and suggestions so we can continue
to improve and expand sources.
So let us know what you're thinking.
Send us a letter, and fill in the user response card at the back
of this book.
We always look forward to hearing
FINDING FAME & FORTUNE
St. Thomas, Ontario
It's been almost three years since I was hired by London, Ont. radio
stations CKSL-AM and Q103-FM to run their oneperson
news bureau in nearby St. Thomas.
Here in one of Canada's smallest freestanding news
operations, sources occupies a prized spot immediately underneath
the phone book. It's the journalistic equivalent of a million-dollar
Rolodex providing rapid access to people who count in government,
business, academia, and special-interest groups.
In recent months, I've especially come to appreciate your Fame &
Fortune section, with its exhaustive list of journalism awards.
This compilation is invaluable to freelancers and employees of small
media outlets, who are often overlooked on award mailing lists.
I'm pleased to report that my 1991 series on secrecy in local govemment
has been recognized by six national and international awards . .
. . I learned of all but two of these from your listings.
Sources is the software a journalist needs to bring
home the hardware!
I am a writer with Financial Times of Canada, currently on
leave to pursue studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
under the auspices of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship. I
learned about the fellowship through a friend who noticed the listing
in sources, and for that I wish to thank you and your
diligent staff. The directory plays an important role in the professional
development of Canadian journalists, as I have come to appreciate
Financial Tires of Canada
IDEAL PARLIAMENTARY REFERENCE
Sources has been a useful and important research tool for
Southam News correspondents for years. Our graphics Department
frequently refers to sources when trying to find corporate
The Parliamentary Names & Numbers section is an ideal supplement
to the Parliamentary Guide because it offers some telephone
numbers that the Guide omits, and because it is updated twice
Kirsten J. Smith, Librarian
INTERNATIONAL SOURCES WELCOME ADDITION
I very much appreciated Embassy Row in you last edition. It has
been extremely helpful. Please continue it!
Aleli Balagtas, Research
Reader's Digest (Canada) Ltd.
A REFERENCE MINE
Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
Since I have been often called to write and speak on many subjects,
particularly in Canada and the U.S., I appreciate the help of your
publication as a mine of reference.
Paul H. Pouliot
The West Island Suburban
ONE STOP INFORMATION SHOPPING
From sources we're able to tap a lot of information
on government and private organizations which would normally take
us a number of phone calls to make.
We hope your organization will continue to provide
this much-needed source book for media staff.
Patty C. Rivers, News Editor
The Catholic Register
INVALUABLE--COULDN'T DO WITHOUT sources!
Let me tell you how much help sources is for my research
and how much I use it. I can't imagine doing research without having
my sources always at hand, and pity the person who
dares remove it from my desk!
Research Editor, Special Books
Reader's Digest (Canada) Ltd.
As a corporate publisher for same of Canada's leading companies,
we find sources to be invaluable for checking facts
and even more valuable as a source far quotes which offer an opposing
and authoritative view, differing from that of our clients.
Our readership has expressed their gratitude in our
ability to source out authorities on various business and social
issues. We couldn't do that without sources.
Robert J. Morrow
Editor-in-Chief, Morrow C.A.C.P.
Sources is a resource I couldn't do without.
I have found sources an invaluable guide in gathering
information through the years. It is greatly appreciated.
ALWAYS GETTING BETTER
Sources just keeps getting better and better. Keep
up the great work!
Ken Ramstead, Asst. Editor
Reader's Digest Magazines Limited
AN EXCELLENT RESEARCH TOOL
I find sources an excellent tool for factchecking
and research. One suggestion: that you include the numbers and addresses
of government public affairs offices far the federal, provincial
and territorial governments.
BC Business Magazine
A number of these are listed. You'll fund them in the subject
index under "Canadian Government Departments" and "Provincial/Territorial
Governments". We're working to expand the number.
Kentville, Nova Scotia
I find I use sources at least once per week
to check an address, look up a phone number or find a contact person,
particularly in the areas of social action since that is one of
my major responsibilities.
I also appreciate the information about press awards and competitions.
Thanks for the excellent and up-to-date data available from your
Michael A. Lipe
Editor and Manager
Camden East, Ontario
I certainly have used, and continue to use, sources in my
work. Twice last week, as a
matter of fact.
CHOCK FULL OF (SOMETIMES BIZARRE) SOURCES
We are now in our 12th year of publishing Canadian MoneySaver.
It is Canada's only personal finance magazine supported without
I am the publishing editor and have found sconces to be chock
full of excellent leads.
Not only do I reach for your publication almost immediately upon
receiving a story assignment, but I enjoy perusing it just to learn
about how many obscure and sometimes bizarre information sources
exist out there.
Town Publishing Group
QUICK AND EASY ACCESS
The Business Reference department of Caswell produces a number
of newsletters and other publications for business readers across
Canada. Our editors have appreciated receiving sources in
the past and look forward to receiving the next updated version.
The directory is easy-to-use and well-indexed.My only recommendation
would be to continue to expand the number of organizations/sources
Laurie Blake, Supervising Editor
Business Reference, Carswell
Don Mills, Ontario
We appreciate the tremendous assistance sources gives
us in quick access to necessary information contacts.
Keep up the good work!
Bonnie Toews, Editor
Canadian Transportation Logistics
I have found the directory to be a very fast and easy way to track
Keep it coming.
Angela L. Smith
A FRIEND INDEED
Keep the sources coming! It's a friend indeed.
Don Mills, Ontario
Yes, I'm still here (sigh). Please don't cut me off; I would miss
Associate Editor, Superromance
Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
This will confirm that the undersigned is self-employed. occasionally
gainfully, as a researcher and sometimes writer. Occasionally as
Although this situation is not something the undersigned usually
admits to, every couple of years he must do so in writing in response
to your enquiries. (Perhaps these enquiries will cause him to reconsider
his vocation. Perhaps that will have the same effect on thousands
of others. Could that be your intention?)
Whatever your motivation, it's always good to hear from a friend.
Even if you don't write often, you do write regularly. Thanks for
Julian Zuckerbrot, Freelancer
The Nature of Things, CBC
A CATALYST FOR STORY IDEAS
Wreck Cove, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Sources is valuably when I bevy a need and suggests
areas that should have attention. You do a good job far us all.
Ronald Caplan Editor
Cape Breton's Magazine
We continue to find sources useful in researching
articles. You're quite right in saying it's useful for browsing
as well, acting as a catalyst for story ideas.
Physician's Management Manuals
USEFUL . . . VERY USEFUL... EXTREMELY USEFUL... INCREDIBLY USEFUL!
I've spent much of this past year working on a guide for new writers
called Magazine Writing from the Boonies, published by Carleton
University Press. In our book my co-author and I listed sources
in our "Useful Books acrd Services" section.
Vary useful. Still a few gaps in corporate listings (Northern Telecom,
Dave Wreford, Editor
Thanks. We've approached Northern Telecom to be listed but so
far no luck. We'll try again.
Thanks for publishing sources. We find it very useful
at Edges magazine. Keep up the good work.
Bill Staples, Publisher
Edges, New Planetary Patterns
We find sources extremely useful.
Journal of Canadian Studies
We've found sources to be extremely useful. It's a
wonderful source book and it has proven very helpful on more than
Prentice Hall Canada Inc.
Sources has been incredibly useful to me over the
past few years.
Jerry Zeidenberg, Editor
Canadian R&D Manager
Sources, 489 College
Street, Suite 201, Toronto, ON M6G 1L9.
Phone: (416) 964-7799 FAX: (416) 964-8763
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