From the Guardian, posted April 29: (seen via @nytjim on Twitter) A correspondent for the Mexican news magazine Proceso has been found dead inside her home in Veracruz state. Authorities believe the journalist, who often wrote about drug trafficking, was murdered.
An amusing comic by way of The Strip in the New York Times.
Disgraced media mogul and former Canadian citizen Conrad Black could be out of jail by the end of this coming week, the Toronto Star reports.
National Post columnist Andrew Coyne had a pre-written column about the Alberta election, one that turned out to be wildly at odds with the final result. It was un-published.
From the New York Times magazine: The value of mental-training games may be speculative, as Dan Hurley writes in his article on the quest to make ourselves smarter, but there is another, easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. Go for a walk or a swim. For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have [...]
Toronto Star public editor Kathy English has thrown quite the hissy fit over her paper’s story about Mayor Rob Ford being caught exiting a KFC outlet with the dirty bird in hand. Before I go much further, you can see the video and read the April 18 story: Laughing woman stands by Rob Ford KFC [...]
The RCMP in British Columbia are offering some enterprising reporter a chance to follow an investigation from the inside.
Mungo was kind enough to send me a link to Post-Prozac Nation: The science and history of treating depression, a New York Times Magazine article. Here’s a tiny sample to whet your interest: Is the “serotonin hypothesis” of depression really dead? Have we spent nearly 40 years heading down one path only to find ourselves [...]
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For journalists, the big section is 2(b): “Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression (FOE – Bill D.), including freedom of the press and other media of communication.” Here are some of the key rulings on the Charter and freedom-of-the-press issues (special thanks [...]
The Guardian is an excellent newspaper that’s trying many innovations. One impetus for its risk-taking might be that the organization will run out of money if losses continue at their current pace.