Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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CBC goes outside again to hire new CBCNews.ca head

From CBC.ca: (posted April 28) Former BBC News editor Rachel Nixon has been appointed director of digital media for CBC News, the CBC announced Tuesday. A journalist with a print background, Nixon joined the BBC in 1998 and held a host of different positions at the British public broadcaster over the next nine years, including […]

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Thu, April 30 2009 » Uncategorized » Comments Off on CBC goes outside again to hire new CBCNews.ca head

Summertime, and the presses are stoppin' …

Canwest Global Communications announced today that the National Post will take a nine-week summer break from publishing on Mondays. From CP via Google News: A spokeswoman for the paper, which is owned by debt-plagued Canwest Global Communications Corp. (TSX:CGS), said Wednesday that the company will still publish a digital edition, which mirrors the exact look […]

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Thu, April 30 2009 » Main Page, Media » 2 Comments

NATO imposes new restrictions on media in Kandahar

From CP via TheStar.com: NATO has imposed tough new restrictions on foreign journalists covering the war in southern Afghanistan, changes that could affect how much Canadians see and hear from war-torn Kandahar. The new measures, imposed in early March, mirror the way the U.S. military manages reporters in Iraq. The restrictions make it virtually impossible […]

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Oh look: A low-flying jumbo jet followed by jet fighters!

This story will undoubtedly be in the top 10 of any 'what were they thinking?' roundup of 2009 — and the year is still young!From the NYT: It was supposed to be a photo opportunity, a showcase of Air Force One alongside the sweep of New York City skyline. But as the low-flying Boeing 747 […]

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Tue, April 28 2009 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Oh look: A low-flying jumbo jet followed by jet fighters!

Newspapers: A great place to advertise in!

Check out this story by David Akin of Canwest News Service: Reports of the newspaper’s demise greatly exaggerated. I suspect it may be one of the most corporate-p political stories Mr. Akin has ever written.

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Sun, April 26 2009 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Newspapers: A great place to advertise in!

‘Slouching towards oblivion’

From Maureen Dowd’s NYT column: “Old-school newspapers seem like aging silent film stars, stricken to find themselves outmoded by technology.” San Francisco Chronicle editor-at-large Phil Bronstein seems to suggest that traditional journalistic notions of ethics, particularly when it comes to advertising, are outmoded. From the NYT: Many L.A. Times journalists were outraged over a recent […]

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Harsh vs. brutal

NYT public editor Clark Hoyt on word usage at the Gray Lady in relation to the uncomfortable topic of CIA torture of terror suspects.

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Imprisoned U.S. journo on hunger strike in Iran

From the BBC: Ms Saberi has appealed against her sentence An American-Iranian reporter jailed by Tehran for eight years on charges of espionage has gone on hunger strike, her father has said. Reza Saberi said his daughter Roxana told him she had stopped eating five days ago. “I'm very worried,” he told Reuters news agency. […]

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Too sick to work? Then why are you updating on Facebook?

From the BBC: A Swiss woman has lost her job after her employers spotted she was using the Facebook website when she had claimed to be too ill to use a computer. The unnamed woman was suffering a migraine and had told her employer, Nationale Suisse, she needed to lie in a darkened room. The […]

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Is 'Ugly Sue' an ugly headline?

Toronto Star public editor Kathy English says while some readers may have been offended by the headline over a piece on Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle, it passes journalistic muster. Here's a snapshot of the April 18 web story: From the Star: There's likely never a day that a newspaper read by almost 2 million […]

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