Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Canada to expand campaign against Islamic State into Syria

The Conservative government flexed its majority muscles and voted to expand Canada’s air campaign against the Islamic State into the complex and dangerous environment of civil war-ravaged Syria.

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Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

From CPJ: Bangladeshi authorities should investigate the murder of a blogger in the capital, Dhaka, and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Washiqur Rahman Babu is the second blogger to be hacked to death in public in Bangladesh in the past five weeks.

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The stunning cinema of 1982

A lookback by Anne Bilson, a film reviewer with the Telegraph newspaper, at why she thinks the films of 1982 may have been the best collective crop ever. I’ll snip out some excerpts relating to my favourite hobby horse of that year — Blade Runner.

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Sat, March 28 2015 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on The stunning cinema of 1982

CBC announces regional cuts in local news

The CBC is cutting 244 jobs, including 144 from English language services, while planning to add positions in digital.

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Thu, March 26 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on CBC announces regional cuts in local news

Bell Media CEO pulls rank, apologizes

In a rare show of corporate power exerting itself over a news division, Bell Media CEO Kevin Crull ordered CTV News properties not to show any further video of CRTC chairman Pierre Blais following the commission’s ruling last week on pick-and-pay cable packages, the Globe and Mail reported.

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Wed, March 25 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Bell Media CEO pulls rank, apologizes

‘Facebook may host news sites’ content’

Facebook is in discussions with some leading U.S. news properties to start hosting those companies’ content within Facebook itself.

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Mon, March 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Facebook may host news sites’ content’

Employment growth in Canada on a long, flat streak

From the Globe and Mail (“Anemic job growth streak earns a place in the record book“): Year-over-year employment growth in Canada has been below 1 per cent for 15 months in a row, the longest stretch below that mark for annual job gains, outside of recessions, in almost 40 years of record-keeping.

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Sun, March 22 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Employment growth in Canada on a long, flat streak

Was Chechyna’s Kadyrov involved in Nemtsov’s assassination?

Could Chechnya’s strongman be linked somehow to the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, one of the most prominent critics of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Even if he didn’t, Ramzan A. Kadyrov is still one scary mofo.

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Fri, March 20 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Was Chechyna’s Kadyrov involved in Nemtsov’s assassination?

Turning our eyes from the Syrian civil war

What if you gave special coverage online to the fourth anniversary of the Syrian civil war and precious few people clicked on it? That’s the situation Al Jazeera found itself in after Sunday’s anniversary. Online editor Barry Malone tries to make sense of it.

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Tue, March 17 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Turning our eyes from the Syrian civil war

Some tips for reporting on outlaw bikers

Peter Edwards of the Toronto Star has been writing about bad guys of various stripes for decades, but he has particularly built up some expertise in the world of one per cent bikers (the fraction that chooses to live outside the law). Back on Feb. 1, he posted a list of pointers on how best […]

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