Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Older workers and the long-term unemployed

The Globe and Mail published a story today about the depressing lot of the long-term unemployed, but danced around the issue of who gets hammered the worst — older workers.

I add a few thoughts of my own.


Mon, May 5 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

A view from an ex-PMOer on social media and the news cycle

Andrew MacDougall is a former director of communications for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He argues in a commentary for that the Internet has hurt political reporting and increased spin. (more…)

Wed, April 30 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Wall Street sends Twitter’s share value down

Note a few tweets:


Tue, April 29 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

The Toronto Star and its paywall

The Toronto Star released a story on its readership figures with the headline Toronto Star remains country’s most-read paper. Bravo! Well done!

Well, let’s take a closer look at the reported numbers, especially online. (more…)

Tue, April 22 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Deck shuffling in the newspaper skirmishes

The Toronto Star lost a reporter and two sports columnists to its competitors in recent days:

  • Robyn Doolittle has joined the Globe and Mail as an investigative reporter
  • Cathal Kelly is now the Globe’s lead sports columnist
  • Sports columnist Damien Cox left to join Sportsnet

J-Source posted a memo from Star EIC Michael Cooke who asked people to stay tuned.

On Easter Monday, the big reveal: The Star lured Bruce Arthur away from the National Post to be lead sports columnist.

Some called it a newspaper war. I begged to differ.


Mon, April 21 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

I see by your tweets that you’re a lefty

This is a mildly disturbing little story from CANADALAND, the media criticism site of Jesse Brown. (more…)

Fri, April 18 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Global News offers buyouts to staff

Saw this on Twitter today:

Wed, April 16 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

The news media’s lionization of Jim Flaherty

Former federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, a heavy hitter within the Conservative cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, died suddenly last Thursday of a massive heart attack.

Almost everyone went nuts about it, including the supposedly clear-eyed news media. (more…)

Tue, April 15 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » 1 Comment

Road to nowhere

A semi rolling down Highway 7 (from 'The Lost Highway' trailer)

A semi rolling down Highway 7 (from ‘The Lost Highway’ trailer)

A ribbon of asphalt called Highway 7 rolls through the scenic countryside of eastern Ontario, but there is precious little to see any more unless you’re a rural decay tourist.

But it proved to be surprisingly fertile ground for Toronto filmmakers Neil Graham and Derreck Roemer, who crafted a 74-minute examination of the area called The Lost Highway. (more…)

Fri, April 11 2014 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off

Afghan cop shoots two AP journalists, one a Canadian

Kathy Gannon, 60, an Associated Press correspondent who had covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for about three decades, and AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, 48, were out covering a routine story on Afghanistan’s elections.

But in Afghanistan, nothing is routine. Death and violence can rear themselves out of nowhere. (more…)

Fri, April 4 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off