Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

British Army ending operations in Northern Ireland

From the BBC: The British army’s operation in Northern Ireland will come to an end at midnight on Tuesday after 38 years. Operation Banner – the Army’s support role for the police – has been its longest continuous campaign, with more than 300,000 personnel taking part. A garrison of 5,000 troops will remain but security […]

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‘Inside Associated Press’

From the BBC: The Associated Press (AP) news agency has been reporting news and transmitting pictures since 1846, in the earliest days of the long-distance telegraph. As the agency publishes Breaking News, a history of its role reporting war and peace around the world, the BBC asks three AP photographers – Horst Faas, a two-time […]

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NATO's plan for reducing Afghan civilian deaths? Smaller bombs

From the BBC: Nato is considering the use of smaller bombs in Afghanistan to try to curb the rising number of civilians killed during operations against the Taleban. Commanders have also ordered troops to hold off attacking militants in some situations where civilians are at risk. Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer acknowledged civilian casualties had […]

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'Blogosphere at age 10 is improving journalism'

Two non-journalists make some sweeping statements about how blogging has improved journalism. From the Toronto Star commentary by David Eaves and Taylor Owen: I do agree with this: Blogging is not a substitute for journalism. If anything, this past decade shows that blogging and journalism are symbiotic – to the benefit of everyone.  But then […]

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Crowdsourcing

Further to the post below, here's a Wired article on crowdsourcing. From the blurb: Remember outsourcing? Sending jobs to India and China is so 2003. The new pool of cheap labor: everyday people using their spare cycles to create content, solve problems, even do corporate R & D.

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NowPublic raises US$10.6 mil

Citizen journalism, “crowd powered media” company NowPublic Technologies Inc. of Vancouver now has US$10.6 million to play with courtesy of U.S. venture capitalists. From the CBC.ca story: “This round of financing will enable NowPublic to further its goal of being the largest news network in the world with more people on the ground in the right […]

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<em>Weekly World News</em> columnist isn't real!

Ed Anger, the long-time voice at the Weekly World News for the perpetually miffed trailer park set, isn't a real person. After you've picked yourself up off the floor, continue reading. From the NYT: “I always thought of him as a little buffoonish, myself,” said Rafe Klinger, who created the Ed Anger persona in 1979, during […]

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Spiked LAT column mysteriously surfaces on Web

From the NYT: “The bug at the bottom of the Calendar front in today’s Los Angeles Times says columnist Patrick Goldstein is on assignment,” began a July 24 item on the Web site L.A. Observed. “Not true. His The Big Picture column for Tuesday was killed.” The site ran the 1,450-word column, which “fell into […]

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Home Depot to keep advertising on Fox News despite pressure

From the NYT: Activists are urging Home Depot, which recently unveiled an environmentally conscious marketing program, to withdraw advertising from Fox News, whose hosts and commentators dismiss global warming as liberal hysteria. But Home Depot is unswayed, and the environmentalists appear to be doing something they generally discourage: wasting energy. A short video by Robert […]

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The push to make College St. boring

College Street, between Euclid and Shaw Streets, is one of Toronto's liveliest nightlife strips. And for many residents, therein lies the problem. They're pushing the regulators to crack down. From TheStar.com: A spate of liquor licence suspensions in the past year along the busy entertainment strip – more than a dozen, all told – and the constant […]

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