Course: Feature Writing
David Beers is an adjunct professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. After three decades as a magazine writer, magazine editor, newspaper editor and founder of an online news site, three threads run through his endeavours. They are a passion for solutions-focused reporting; exploring the full creative potential of digital media; and a commitment to public interest journalism — finding new ways to not only do it but to democratize how it is produced and financed.
He is founding editor of The Tyee, a Canadian online media pioneer publishing investigative and solutions-focused journalism. He also founded Tyee Solutions Society, which partners with other news media, and funding organizations, to do in-depth reporting in the public interest. Beers has served as a senior editor at The San Francisco Examiner, Mother Jones magazine and the Vancouver Sun. His writing and editing have garnered numerous prizes in Canada and the U.S. including two Edward R. Murrow Awards, National Magazine Awards in both countries, and a Canadian National Newspaper Award.
At UBC, David teaches the course that might best be described as Features 2.0 – an immersive, seminar-style course in which second year students find, pitch, report, refine and polish to a high gloss a major piece of reporting. The work done in this class usually folds directly into the student’s thesis project. Many UBC students have completed practicums at The Tyee, an ideal laboratory for learning and doing digital media.