About Me

An award-winning journalist, photographer and historian with years of experience — from the hectic pace of a daily newspaper to a weekly national magazine and local community newspaper.

I've written for a wide variety of national and international publications, including Maclean's magazine, the Globe and Mail newspaper, Vice, and This magazine, not to mention nearly a dozen local community magazines and newspapers.

My radio work has also been featured on the airwaves of CBC Radio, AM 570 News and AM 980 News.

I have more than a decade of experience as a researcher, writer and editor. This allows me to shift the tone of my writing and reporting from writing breaking news stories for the web to long-form feature stories for magazines with ease. I have a passion for investigative reporting and human interest feature stories, with a focus on the environment, history, food, urban design and transportation.

For six years I worked as a newspaper reporter in Waterloo Region. First with the award-winning community newspaper The Woolwich Observer from 2010 to 2012, and then the award-winning community newspaper The Waterloo Chronicle from 2012 to 2016.

I am also a freelance writer and photographer, and my clients include the Waterloo Region District School Board, the City of Waterloo, Communitech and others.

I currently live in Cambridge, Ontario with my wife and daughter. 

I am open to any and all freelance writing requests. To contact me, please email james.d.e.jackson[at] or find me on Twitter, @JamesDEJ.