Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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CKUA, Christmas music and William Hung

While in Edmonton last week, I got reacquainted with one of the great radio stations of our time — CKUA. It has an audio stream if you feel like checking it out. Anyway, in the course of driving around and listening to the station, I heard several Christmas songs from a Nettwerk Records compilation CD […]

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NYC's crime reporters like to talk over beer about the day's horrors

This NYT story looks at the people who cover crimes on the streets of New York City. An excerpt: At the crime scene, reporters compete ruthlessly for exclusive information, hunting and hoarding the juiciest quotation, the grittiest fact and the bloodiest narrative – anything to land a story on the front page. But after deadline, […]

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'On medical news, is the reporting healthy?'

The Globe and Mail's Andre Picard on some weaknesses identified in medical reporting and about a new service called mediadoctor.ca. An excerpt: One study about coverage of health stories on Australian television concluded that news media have a “bias toward bizarre stories, and those that issue moral warnings, discredit well-known people, spruik medical 'breakthroughs' or […]

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Turkish writer gets one of two 'insult' charges dropped

Novelist Orhan Pamuk, who is facing charges for having the temerity to talk about the Armenian genocide,  will now only go to trial on one charge. An excerpt from the BBC story: The charge that he had insulted Turkey's armed forces was dropped, but he still faces the charge that he insulted “Turkishness”, lawyers said. […]

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China's gov't fires top editor

Yang Bin — editor of the Beijing News, described as one of China's most daring and popular newspapers — has been turfed by the government, along with two other top editors. An excerpt from the BBC story: No official reason was given, but a lawyer who often represents journalists said Communist officials had accused the […]

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Not the most erotic mental image

A government-funded art project in Austria has generated outrage by producing posters depicting Queen Elizabeth II and France's President Jacques Chirac having sex. An excerpt: The posters were part of a series of 150 different images being flashed to motorists via billboards across Vienna. The sex poster, and one of a woman lying naked on a […]

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