Jimmy Thomson is a Vancouver, B.C.-based journalist recently graduated with a Master’s in Journalism from the University of British Columbia. His work has been published in The Globe and Mail, VICE, the Toronto Star, BCBusiness Magazine, The Tyee, Canadian Geographic, CTV, and CBC Radio, among others.
He has reported from seven countries – five of them in the Arctic – on topics ranging from climate change to war refugees to cannibal rat-infested ghost ships. He has gathered audio from a Coast Salish sweat lodge, photos of a Syrian prosthetics workshop, and video of crab fishing in the Norwegian Arctic. In the pursuit of a good story he has slept on converted Russian spy ships, Chinese farmers’ plank beds, and in a tent under the midnight sun.
Jimmy’s graduate studies were supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and he is a recipient of the 2014 Norwegian High North Journalism Award as well as the Susan M. Boyce Graduate Scholarship in Journalism for his dedication to “preserving the value and integrity of the written word,” and a 2014 International Development Research Council journalism award. Jimmy has participated in Canada’s only Indigenous Reporting program and UBC’s International Reporting Program.
Jimmy can be contacted at jameswsthomson (at) gmail, or on twitter @j_ws_t.