Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Why so shy, NYT?

An excerpt from the article I mention below. This one refers to the NYT's decision to start charging to read its columnists: While newspaper Web sites are attracting an increasing number of online ads, those ads are cheap and bring in only a fraction of the revenue that print ads do. And while some newspapers […]

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Tue, October 11 2005 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

It's not downsizing, it's … <em>reinventing</em>!

U.S. newspapers are being forced into a new round of cost-cutting and layoffs. Some editors — perhaps as an act of emotional self-preservation — are trying to imagine how this would be to the paper's advantage. An excerpt from the NYT story: When Amanda Bennett, editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, heard last month that she […]

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As the worker bees ready to return to the CBC hive …

A letter from a visitor and CBC veteran who wishes to remain anonymous, but who offers some counterpoints to my earlier post in which I suggested the CMG lost the dispute with CBC management: Bill,   I noticed you talked about locked out CBC workers receiving strike pay of $200 a week….in the spirit of accuracy […]

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Fighting Florida's 'shoot first' law with Snowbirds

Well, it's an indirect battle. But a U.S. gun control group wants to target tourists (no pun intended) with ads warning them of the dangers of Florida's stand-your-ground law, which means an armed Floridian shouldn't have to run from a conflict and can instead blast away in self-defence. An excerpt from the Toronto Star story: […]

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Tue, October 11 2005 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Guatemalan disaster overrun by south Asian earthquake?

While smaller in scale, the mudslides in Guatemala have also been devastating. The government declared that some destroyed villages are now essentially mass graves. The UN put out a flash appeal Monday for $22 million US. It will be interesting to see how the world community responds, given what's happened in Pakistan.

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Got some spare food?

Or spare cash? The Daily Bread food bank is about 44,000 kilograms behind where it was on Thanksgiving last year. If you wish to donate, here's some contact info: ”Credit-card donations can be made all year long by calling 416-203-0050 or online at http://www.givegroceries.com.” From a Toronto Star article: (Food bank director Sue) Cox said credit […]

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Fall's here and I feel fine

The last great night of the extended summer of 2005 was Thursday, which I spent trying to unsuccessfully catch a salmon at Bronte Creek. But even on Wednesday, one of the last mid-20s days, the patio scene on College St. – normally the stuff of line-ups – had died down substantially. Perhaps even the scenesters had subconsciously […]

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