Scoops at The Star – Meeting with Robert Benzie

With all the information leaks that happen around Queen’s Park, you’d think the walls have ears – but as we learned a couple of weeks ago, it’s more to do with journalists like Robert Benzie.
The Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star, Mr. Benzie joined our group for an enlightening conversation on the press gallery, politics at Queen’s Park, and journalism in general.
As Mr. Benzie noted, the Star maintains the largest bureau at the Legislature because they view themselves as the institution’s paper of record. They’ve certainly managed to break a fair number of stories, including about the Ornge air ambulance service this past fall.
The rest of our discussion ranged over numerous issues: from his sources (tip: keep an open door and walk the corridors) to why a smaller press gallery may be better for media scrutiny.
Thanks again for a great conversation and some fascinating insight!

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