My name is Steven Goetz and I am a freelance reporter and photographer based in Toronto.
Potential employers can find my resume and writing samples here.
Lots of my work is still caught in a netherworld between this site and its many former permutations, but it will all slowly be added and available soon.
In the meantime, here are eight things to look at right now:
1 — Welcome to Trumptown.
The fears before the convention got underway were that protestors for and against Donald Trump’s candidacy would clash in the streets or the Dallas and Baton Rouge murders of police officers would inspire similar lone wolves attracted to the Trump Show’s big stage.
That didn’t happen and the number of protestors in the street never reached more than a few hundred. But from up close, the conviction of those who see Trump as an antidote to American malaise and those who see echoes of fascism in Germany circa 1932 in his rise, a battle for the country’s very soul reveals itself.
2 — Remember the G20?
Witnessing the police mobilization in Cleveland got me thinking of my experience as the G20 came to downtown Toronto in 2010.
3 — Algonquin.
We spent four days camping in Algonquin Park over Canada Day weekend and I snapped a few vacation shots.
4 — Canada’s great magazine storytellers.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation had me take portraits of some of the big winners backstage at the 2016 gala in Toronto.
5 — Florida is no place to spend Christmas.
Don’t end up in a KOA campground in a Miami suburb on Christmas Eve. Just don’t do it.
6 — Want to dispatch a reporter to the Western Hemisphere’s biggest story?
Not a day goes by I don’t think of the things I’ve seen and heard on my visits to this beautiful country, now falling apart under the weight of inflation and scarcity.
If you’re an editor, lets talk about how we can tell this story in unique and provocative ways.
7 — Nathan Phillips Square was transformed into a grand cathedral 5 years ago in honour of Jack Layton.
Toronto mourned for NDP Leader Jack Layton, a former city councillor here, by turning Nathan Phillip’s Square into a memorial on the scale of a grand cathedral.
The leader of the official opposition died Aug. 22, 2011 from complications arising after a cancer diagnosis. By order of then-prime minister Stephen Harper, Layton received a full state funeral.
The public outpouring of support was overwhelming.