BA (Hons) (Mt.A), MA (SMU)
Dean Jobb is a member of the faculty of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program and teaches media law, journalism ethics and feature writing in the undergraduate journalism program. He has been a full-time faculty member of the School of Journalism since 2004.
The author of seven books, Professor Jobb is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Halifax Chronicle Herald. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and Canada’s History magazine, and he reviews nonfiction books for The Irish Times, The Scotsman, History Ireland magazine and the Chicago Review of Books. He has also written for the Chicago Tribune, the American Journalism Review and the Belfast Telegraph. He is a three-time winner of the Atlantic Journalism Award and has been nominated for a National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award.
His latest book, Empire of Deception, was the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year, won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for true crime, and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize. He is a past winner of the Evelyn Richardson and City of Dartmouth book awards for nonfiction, and his work has been shortlisted for the National Business Book Award and other prizes. Take a look at his website.
- Media Law for Canadian Journalists. 3nd ed. Emond Publications, forthcoming in 2018.
- Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press 2014 (co-author).
- The Case of the Murderous Doctor Cream: The Birth of Sherlock Holmes and the Hunt for the Serial Killer Who Terrorized Chicago and London, forthcoming from Algonquin Books and HarperCollins Canada.
- Empire of Deception: The Incredible True Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. Algonquin Books and HarperCollins Canada 2015.
- The Cajuns: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph. John Wiley & Sons 2005. (Published in Canada as The Acadians: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph).
- Calculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy. Nimbus 1994.
- Shades of Justice: Seven Nova Scotia Murder Cases. Nimbus 1998.
Chapters in books and articles:
- “Telling True Stories: Creative Approaches to Bringing Nonfiction to Life.”Inter-Disciplinary Net e-book, 2016.
- “‘Written with Powers Truly Comick’: Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and the Birth of Social and Political Satire,”in The Funniest Pages: International Perspectives on Humor in Journalism. Peter Lang 2015.
- “Deny, Delay, Deter, Defeat: Promise and Reality in Canada’s Access Regime,”
in FOI: Ten Years On: Freedom Fighting or Lazy Journalism? Abramis UK 2015.
- “Seeking Truth from Power: Strategies for Using Freedom of Information Laws,”
in Access to Information and Social Justice: Critical Research Strategies for Journalists, Activists and Scholars. Arbeiter Ring Publishing 2015.
- “Bans on Publication and Other Media Restrictions,” in From Crime to Punishment: An Introduction to the Criminal Law System, 8th ed. Carswell Publishing 2014.
- “Responsible Communication on Matters of Public Interest: A New Defence Updates Canada’s Defamation Laws,” Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law 3, no. 2 (2010-11): 195-220.
- “‘The first that ever was publish’d in the Province’: John Bushell’s Halifax Gazette, 1752-1761,” Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal 11 (2008).
Interests: Writing and researching narrative nonfiction; press and journalism history; media law and ethics; freedom of the press; crime and justice; Canadian and American history.