Fred Vallance-Jones

Associate Professor
BJ (Carleton), MEd (MSVUI)

Faculty Member, School of Journalism

Phone: 902.422.1271 ext. 147

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, introductory reporting in the four-year undergraduate program, and leads the King's investigative workshop, in which fourth-year and one-year 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. Fred also leads an annual professional development workshop for working journalists, the King's Summer School in Data Journalism.

Prior to joining King's, Fred 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. Fred was a finalist for Canada's most prestigious journalism prize, the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism. Fred is a specialist in data journalism and investigative journalism, and conducts research into Canada's freedom of information system. He leads the Newspapers Canada Freedom of Information Audit, which annually tests the performance of government bureaucracies in responding to open records requests.


Selected publications

  • “Access, Administration, and Democratic Intent”. In Brokering Access Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada, edited by Mike Larsen and Kevin Walby. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012.
  • Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporters Research Guide, 2nd ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Contributed partial chapter in The New Journalist: Roles, Skills, and Critical Thinking. Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010.
  • Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Comprehensive Primer, Oxford University Press, 2008
  • Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter's Research Guide, Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • “Journalists' Use of Freedom of Information: A Failed Promise,” paper presented to the annual meeting of the Canadian Communication Association, 2012, Waterloo.
  • “When students become the investigators,” paper presented to the annual meeting of the Canadian Communication Association, 2010, Montreal, and published in the proceedings of the Journalism Interest Group.
  • Freedom of Information: How Administrative Hurdles Influence Reporter Acceptance, paper presented at the Canadian Communication Association annual meeting, May 2009
    CNA National Freedom of Informaton audit, January 2009

Classes taught


Data journalism, investigative journalism, freedom of information