Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Do people hate journalists or (boo, hiss!) The Media?

A post on how the public views the craft of reportage, this time in response to the venerable Jack Cahill. He was saying how he's never had to wipe spit off his face after telling someone he was a journalist (OK, my words, not his). My point was that people like journos. What they don't […]

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On timidity and being a team player – II

Here is an exchange I had on CAJ-L with Ryerson j-prof John Miller, an extension of my earlier post, On timidity and being a team player. A couple things. Kim Bolan and William Marsden are experienced, highly skilled journalists who work for papers where very strong union locals exist. So if John was expecting them […]

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Moyers calls it a series

U.S. broadcast journalism legend Bill Moyers says goodbye tonight from his Public TV pulpit. He's going down swinging! An excerpt from an NYT story: ill Moyers, a preacher turned journalist who accrued 30 Emmys, has veered back to the pulpit in announcing his retirement from “Now With Bill Moyers,” a PBS weekly newsmagazine for which he […]

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2004: The year of the 'Passion'

The NYT's Frank Rich holds forth on the bleatings of the Christian right, how their influence is magnified in TV news, and why some minority Christian views get ignored altogether. Some excerpts: You'd think peace might reign in a nation where there is so much unanimity of faith. In Newsweek's “Birth of Jesus” holiday cover […]

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Scholarship created to honour Don McGillivray

I became acquainted with Don McGillivray when I served on the CAJ board from 1989 to 1994. On several occasions, I stayed at his home. He was a gracious, generous host. For someone who cut a calm, avuncular figure in some ways, he had a sizable eccentric streak — and I mean that in the […]

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Frank's Dead

Frank — the gossip rag that brought such important new terms as “fartcatcher” to the Canadian lexicon — has died. I'm glad someone told me. How else would I have known? Personally, I stopped reading it about two months ago (I've posted on this before). CBC.ca's Ahhts section did a story on it (thanks to Dale Bass […]

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