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Some thoughts from Marty Baron

Neil Macdonald, the veteran CBC correspondent, had dinner with Marty Baron, the Washington Post editor currently enjoying a moment in the cinematic sun for the movie Spotlight.

The film looks at how the Boston Globe, a previous newspaper he edited, won a Pulitzer prize for its investigation into the cover-up of priestly sexual abuse by the Catholic church. (more…)

Sun, February 7 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Some useful advice for the recently laid-off journo

Kim Fox (“Advice For The Recently Laid Off From Someone Who’s Been There“) draws on lessons learned from her three layoffs to offer some advice for those who have recently joined the out-of-work club.

The high-level overview: (more…)

Fri, February 5 2016 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » No Comments

Postmedia wants foreign newspaper ownership rules eased

From the Toronto Star (“Postmedia pushing for looser foreign-ownership rules“):

Postmedia is pressing its case for an easing of newspaper foreign ownership restrictions as it faces U.S. currency debt repayment burdens CEO Paul Godfrey has likened to a “noose around your neck,” sources say. (more…)

Sat, January 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Summing up the Postmedia mess

Toronto Star columnist David Olive takes a tough look at the corporate basket case that is Postmedia and lays out some ownership models that might be more in the public interest. (more…)

Sat, January 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

What the critics of the Gregory Alan Elliott case get wrong

What lesson are we to take from the verdict in the trial of Gregory Alan Elliott, acquitted of two charges of criminal harassment for his interactions with two Toronto women on Twitter? (more…)

Mon, January 25 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Verdict in Gregory Alan Elliott case supports a very open Twitter

A Toronto court acquitted graphic artist Gregory Alan Elliott of criminal harassment charges in connection with his dealings with two women on Twitter.

In doing so, Justice Brent Knazan left the message that Twitter is a wide-open platform, and if the going gets rough, “‘suck it up, buttercup,'” in the words of National Post columnist Christie Blatchford. (more…)

Mon, January 25 2016 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

A look at the Calgary Sun-Herald merger

Carrie Tait looks at two Postmedia newspapers, the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun, and how their newsroom merger might play out. (more…)

Fri, January 22 2016 » Main Page » Comments Off on A look at the Calgary Sun-Herald merger

Why we need a strong mainstream news media

Globe and Mail columnist Marsha Lederman tries valiantly to explain why the steady erosion of mainstream news organizations in Canada is a bad thing. (more…)

Fri, January 22 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Why we need a strong mainstream news media

What’s lost when newsrooms are downsized

The Globe and Mail‘s Simon Houpt on the hidden costs of shedding journalistic staff from local newsrooms. (more…)

Tue, January 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on What’s lost when newsrooms are downsized

Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets

Postmedia, in response to a desperate need to cut costs and service its debt, cut 90 staff and merged newsrooms in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa. (more…)

Tue, January 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets