Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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First impressions on the 'new' Sunday Toronto Star

Well, the cover certainly has a more distinct look than the Mon.-Sat. Star. That's because it's Canada's first maga-paper! If you're not familiar with the term, it's “a hybrid magazine-newspaper that blends what is best of both mediums,” writes new Sunday Star editor Alison Uncles in an editor's note. To kick off this new look, […]

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How Canadians give

Toronto Star columnist Ellen Roseman kicks off a new Money 301 column by looking at how and why Canadians donate to charity. An excerpt: … We kick off our series with a statistical look at how much and where Canadians give to charity. Our information comes from the national survey of giving, volunteering and participating, conducted […]

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France steps up hunt for journo missing in Iraq

More on the mysterious disappearance of Florence Aubenas and her translator in Iraq. Here's a Jan.6 post on her case which has lots of links to material about working in Iraq as a journo. The current story story is short, so here's the full text from Yahoo! News: France is stepping up its local contacts in Iraq over the […]

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Invitation-only conference coming on blogs, journalism and cred

A number of institutes associated with Hahvahd University are going to invite some presumably cool people to discuss  Blogging, Journalism and Credibility: Battleground and Common Ground. This happens on Jan. 21-22, but you, presumably uninvited member of the hoi polloi (like me), can participate through a webcast and IRC. There will also be blogging (and […]

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Scottish blogger punted for mocking 'sandal-wearing' boss

The casualty list of those who blog about the places they work just keeps growing. See a previous post for more on blogging about work. Here's a story from the Guardian on the latest sacking: A bookseller has become the first blogger in Britain to be sacked from his job because he kept an online diary in […]

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The moral cataclysm

This relatively brief NYT Magazine commentary by author and Einstein Forum director Susan Neiman looks at how we deal, intellectually and morally speaking, with the difference between natural and man-made disasters: An excerpt: Our relation to moral categories is nothing if not ambivalent. We want them so badly that when natural disaster strikes, we would […]

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Thinking may not be all it's thought to be

That's the headline for an NYT story on whether Apple Computer's new iPod slogan and one from New Yorker writer Malcom Gladwell book have managed to catch (as the article says) a zeitgeist ripple. Some excerpts: Steven P. Jobs introduced one last week: “Life is random.” It's attached to the iPod Shuffle, Apple's teeny new music player. […]

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The public editor's readers write about the photo column

A week ago Daniel Okrent, the NYT's public editor, wrote about the paper's choice of a front-page photo to represent the human toll of the tsunami disaster. It clearly showed dead children (see my blog posting on this). This Sunday, his readers respond. An excerpt (the first three): I agree with what you say about […]

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