Hi! Thanks for checking me out.

I’m Jimmy Thomson. I currently work as a videojournalist at CBC North. I have reported from eight countries – six of them in the Arctic – on topics ranging from climate change to war refugees to a budding Chinese environmental movement.

I have gathered audio from a Coast Salish sweat lodge, photos of a Syrian prosthetics workshop, and video of crab fishing on the Russian border. In the pursuit of a good story I’ve slept on converted Russian spy ships, Chinese farmers’ plank beds, and in a tent under the midnight sun. I’ve surfed, swum, and scuba dived in the Arctic, my work has been translated into Chinese, French and Russian, and I was a staff member on the search for John Franklin’s lost ships, for which I received the Erebus Medal.

My writing is mostly for print, radio, television and online stories, but in February 2017 I had a neuroanatomy paper accepted by the Journal of Comparative Neurology and a film screened at the Dead North Film Festival. I contributed to The Canadaland Guide to Canada, a book published in Spring 2017 by Simon and Schuster. My drone video work will also be included in the upcoming English/Bush Cree/South Slavey/Chipewyan film, The Three Feathers.

Find my work in

The Globe and Mail
VICE
Maisonneuve
The Toronto Star
National Geographic
BCBusiness Magazine
The National Post
The Tyee
Geist
Canadian Geographic
Vancouver Magazine
Hakai Magazine

Photography

The Globe and Mail
The Toronto Star
Canadian Geographic
CBC
Maisonneuve

Awards

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Communications Grant ($35,000)
2014 Norwegian High North Journalism Award
Susan M. Boyce Graduate Scholarship in Journalism
2014 International Development Research Council journalism grant ($10,000), declined
Sigma Delta Chi Award from the American Society of Professional Journalists
Edward Murrow Regional Award
Online Media award from the Canadian Association of Journalists
Canadian Online Journalism Award.

I participated in Canada’s only Indigenous Reporting program and the Global Reporting Centre’s International Reporting Program, and launched two publications: WORST, which was featured on CBC’s The National, J-source.com, and others, but did not make it to official launch, and Mandalit, an experiment in ephemeral fiction publishing. I have also been the interim editor-in-chief at the humour magazine the Syrup Trap.

See the Journalism page for published work. Blog and Satire posts are either satirical articles published in the Syrup Trap, or rants.

Send me story ideas, interview requests and rage-filled tirades constructive criticism at jameswsthomson@gmail, or on twitter @jwsthomson