Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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A journalist’s guide to analytics

In a four-part series, Nicole Blanchett Neheli, an executive video producer, lays out the basics of web analytics that every modern journalist needs to know.

Tue, November 24 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Turkey shoots down Russian military aircraft

Russian jet crashing towards earth in Syria (captured from CBC video)

From the Globe and Mail (“Putin: ‘Serious consequences’ coming after Turkey downs Russian jet“):

World leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, called Tuesday for cooler heads to prevail after Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian fighter plane that allegedly flew through Turkey’s airspace while carrying out a bombing mission in Syria. (more…)

Tue, November 24 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

‘How much profit does Bell really need?’

The commentary’s subhead: “Bell Media’s recent round of newsroom layoffs is a reminder of the threat to journalism that corporate conglomerates pose.” (more…)

Mon, November 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Arrests made in Belgian anti-terror raids

From the BBC (“Belgian police arrest 16 in anti-terror raids“):

Belgian police have made 16 arrests in anti-terror raids but suspected Paris attacks gunman Salah Abdeslam remains at large, the authorities have said. (more…)

Sun, November 22 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Economy-wide carbon tax part of Alberta’s new climate plan

Emissions from an Alberta industrial smokestack (video capture from CTV News)

Alberta will impose an economy-wide carbon tax, one new climate policy decision that will be part of other controversial measures, including phasing out coal-fired electricity by 2030 and putting a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands. (more…)

Sun, November 22 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

No single point of blame for the rise of Islamic State

This New York Times story opens with the observation that Islamic State appeared to be a beaten organization when the United States left Iraq in 2011. Now it’s the world’s most dangerous group of extremists. (more…)

Sun, November 22 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Emergency footing in Brussels as Paris attacks suspect sought

From AP via the Globe and Mail (“Brussels on high alert as police hunt Paris attacks suspect“):

Belgian authorities closed down Brussels’ subway system and flooded the streets with armed police and soldiers Saturday in response to what they said was a threat of Paris-style attacks. (more…)

Sat, November 21 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Islamist militants attack hotel in Mali’s capital

From AP via (“Officials say hostage siege over, after extremists attack Mali hotel“):

Heavily armed Islamic extremists seized dozens of hostages Friday at a Radisson hotel, but Malian troops, backed by U.S. and French special forces, swarmed in to retake the building and free many of the terrified captives. At least 20 people, including one American, were killed along with two gunmen during the more than seven-hour siege, a Malian military commander said. (more…)

Fri, November 20 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Former drone operators condemn Obama’s drone war

From the Guardian (“Obama’s drone war a ‘recruitment tool’ for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers“):

Four former US air force service members, with more than 20 years of experience between them operating military drones, have written an open letter to Barack Obama warning that the program of targeted killings by unmanned aircraft has become a major driving force for Isis and other terrorist groups. (more…)

Thu, November 19 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Paris terror attacks: French police kill alleged ringleader

An undated image of Abdelhamid Abaaoud (from CBC News video)

Following a bloody early Wednesday raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, French authorities announced they had killed Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the accused ringleader of the plot to terrorize Paris. (more…)

Thu, November 19 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments