Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Defining the alt-right in news stories

On Friday, the Canadian Press came out with a style directive on the term “alt right”: (more…)

Sun, December 4 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Leader-Post, StarPhoenix vets take their leave

This week ended with eight veteran Regina Leader-Post journalists and nine from the Saskatoon StarPhoenix taking buyouts and going out into the cold unknown.

The L-Pers are all from my generation of employees (I left in the 1996 downsizing).

Bummer. :(

Fri, December 2 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Which platform didn’t purvey fake news in 2016 election? Snapchat

Snapchat doesn’t have the audience reach of Facebook (although it’s bigger than Twitter), but it does have certain key advantages when it comes to keeping fake news off its app. (more…)

Thu, December 1 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

87 jobs lost in restructuring at Rogers Media

More pain in the media sector as Rogers Media cut jobs and shuffled executives this week. (more…)

Wed, November 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Journalism in a post-truth era

TVO’s The Agenda had a good discussion on this topic with three academics (two American), a former Globe and Mail editor and the founding editor of Buzzfeed Canada, Craig Silverman.

If you’re interested in the current journalistic fad of fake news, it’s worth watching.

Tue, November 29 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Kinder Morgan, Line 3 pipelines approved by Trudeau cabinet

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau flanked by Fisheries Minister Dominique LeBlanc (left) and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna (right)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project and the death of the Northern Gateway pipeline project. (more…)

Tue, November 29 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

CBC wants $400M to go ad-free

Lede: “CBC/Radio Canada has submitted a position paper to the federal government proposing the public broadcaster move to an ad-free model, similar to the one used to pay for the BBC in the United Kingdom, at a cost of about $400 million in additional funding.” (more…)

Mon, November 28 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

WaPo ‘Russian propaganda’ story criticized

From the headline on the Intercept_: “Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group.” (more…)

Sun, November 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Millions in punk memorabilia burnt in protest

Punk rock fire on the Thames River in London, England

Lede: “Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, burnt the items on the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols debut single.”

That would have been today for Anarchy in the UK. (more…)

Sat, November 26 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » 1 Comment

White House press corps already normalizing Trump

CBC opinion columnist Neil Macdonald writes that the extremism of Donald Trump and his nascent administration is simply being accepted by Washington reporters. (more…)

Sat, November 26 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments