Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Remembering fleeing the fall of Vietnam

Globe and Mail reporter Tu Thanh Ha was 11 when his parents took him and his then-infant sister from their home country just days before Saigon fell to the oncoming communists on April 30, 2015.

Unlike the refugee crises of today around the world, the Canada of 1975 was quite welcoming and helped the new arrivals resettle, he writes.

Read the story – A chance at a new life after the fall of Saigon 40 years ago.

Fri, April 24 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Harper says Canada won’t match U.S. carbon reduction targets

It’s long been a pillar of Conservative climate policy (such as it is) to be in lockstep with the U.S. on regulations with respect to greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts.

But that lasted as long as it takes for the U.S. to get more ambitious than Harper. (more…)

Thu, April 23 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Why yes, Virginia, you can have a career in (U.S.) digital journalism

Dave Cohn, executive producer of AJPlus, writes that Felix Salmon’s report on the death of journalism as a career is greatly exaggerated. (more…)

Wed, April 22 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Putin as the Russian media’s puppetmaster

The Atlantic has a very solid article (“How the Media Became One of Putin’s Most Powerful Weapons“) on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his idea of how media ownership should work: (more…)

Wed, April 22 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

The Atlantic’s new website

The Atlantic has been considered a leader in print-to-digital transformation. It has just unveiled its next step — a real-time web magazine.

For deets and commentary on the redesign, see this Nieman Lab article — The Atlantic redesigns, trading clutter and density for refinement.

Wed, April 22 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Statistics vocabulary tutorial for journalists

The HarvardKennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy has produced a nifty backgrounder called Statistical terms used in research studies; a primer for media. (more…)

Tue, April 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

‘Leave it in the ground’ notables make an Earth Day statement

From the Guardian (“Earth Day: leading scientists say 75% of known fossil fuels must stay in ground“):

Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day. (more…)

Tue, April 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Jon Stewart’s exit interview with the Guardian

Jon Stewart, who will be departing as host of The Daily Show later this year, spoke with the Guardian (“Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show“) about why he’s leaving behind a job he loved for 16 years. (more…)

Sat, April 18 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions continue upwards trend

From CP via CityNews (“Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions continue slow climb: Report“):

The latest emissions inventory from Environment Canada shows the country’s overall greenhouse gas output climbed 1.5 per cent between 2012 and 2013, continuing a slow, but steady, upward trend since the global recession of 2009. (more…)

Fri, April 17 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Patti Smith in concert, 1979

That Eric Alper has posted a full-length concert video of the Patti Smith Group performing at the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey more than 35 years ago.


Thu, April 16 2015 » Main Page, Music Monday et al » No Comments