Letter from the Editor

It has been a wonderful, memorable, yet tireless four-month journey and I’m proud and grateful to have such a greatly talented team to work with.

When I became an editor-in-chief for Convergence magazine, I honestly admit I didn’t know where I should start to craft this magazine. And then, our tiny team of six people came up with strong pitches and that was the birth of the issue’s idea.

Convergence magazine became one of the biggest projects I’ve done as a journalism student and just looking at the final version fills my heart with undeniable happiness. And the relief I have realizing that everything worked out in the best way.

One of the most surprising things that happened to me during this journey was to write a story about Peter Newman. I didn’t expect the impact it would have on my work. I wrote an article about a person I had never met in my life before and, unfortunately, will never get a chance to talk to. Newman never was my first choice for the In Memoriam piece yet I got so inspired by his biography and legacy that I couldn’t imagine the way to showcase his personality only on one page. That’s how big his figure was in Canadian journalism.

Over the past few years, Convergence magazine covered the topics that drastically changed the media industry in Canada. This year’s issue caught the wave of the growing online presence and popularity of artificial technologies in our lives.

Looking back to where we started, it’s hard to believe that our small team has created a piece of hard work building page by page and spotlighting the transitions in the media world across the country to address the challenges journalists face in the workspace every day.

In this issue, it is important for Convergence magazine to take a deep look into the cybersecurity potential threats for journalism work and how unproven information may lead to the audience’s mistrust in reporting. We also highlighted the controversies around Bill C-18, the biggest Canadian media legislature this year.

Staying on top of the news, we discuss the chances of artificial intelligence replacing journalists referencing the recent scandal at Sports Illustrated with AI writers. The issue also explains the ongoing rise of podcasts and spotlights the voice actors and their work-life balance after the SAG-AFTRA strike.

At its core, the definition of journalism will remain – reporting proven information including all the angles of the story to help the audience stay informed in news – despite the challenges journalists may see on their way. Convergence magazine on its end will continue to highlight the biggest turnovers in the Canadian media and creative industry.

I hope that this issue will be a great read for our audience.


Angelina Kochatovska

Editor-in-Chief of Convergence Magazine