Faculty Member, School of Journalism
Fred Vallance-Jones is an award-winning journalist and author who has taught at King's since 2007. He teaches investigative and data journalism in the master of journalism program, journalism research in the four-year undergraduate program, and leads the King's investigative workshop, in which fourth-year and one-year bachelor of journalism students pursue a significant investigative story as a team. The investigative workshop has been nominated for numerous awards, including a global data journalism award in 2012. The team won a 2010 CAJ investigative reporting award for its project on VLT gambling. Professor Vallance-Jones also leads an annual professional development workshop for working journalists, the King's Summer School in Data Journalism.
Prior to joining King's, Professor Vallance-Jones had a 23-year career as a journalist with the CBC and Hamilton Spectator, winning many reporting awards, including a National Newspaper Award and an IRE award. Professor Vallance-Jones was a finalist for Canada's most prestigious journalism prize, the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.
Professor Vallance-Jones is one of Canada's leading authorities on freedom of information, and is also a specialist in data journalism and investigative journalism. He leads the Newspapers Canada Freedom of Information Audit, which annually tests the performance of government bureaucracies in responding to open records requests. Selected King's students assist with the audit process.
Data journalism, investigative journalism, freedom of information