Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Snapchat is playing to win

Fortune magazine’s Mathew Ingram looks at the healthy ambitions of Snapchat, which has been evolving at a furious rate.

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Thu, March 31 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Snapchat is playing to win

How Islamic State plotted its terror strategy for Europe

The Paris attacks. The Brussels bombings. These were all acts of terror that resulted from years of work by Islamic State to test the Europeans’ counter-terrorism skills, says a New York Times report.

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Tue, March 29 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on How Islamic State plotted its terror strategy for Europe

The media and the Jian Ghomeshi case

Simon Houpt of the Globe and Mail explores whether journalists helped shape the outcome of the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial as much or more than they reported it.

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Fri, March 25 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The media and the Jian Ghomeshi case

The legacy of genius comic Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling, a veteran American comic genius, passed away Thursday at age 66. But he lives on through his influence on the work of others.

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Thu, March 24 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on The legacy of genius comic Garry Shandling

Belgian police capture alleged Paris attacker

From Reuters via the Globe and Mail (“Fugitive from Paris attacks wounded, caught in Brussels shootout“): Europe’s most wanted man was captured after a shootout in Brussels in a major coup for authorities investigating November’s Islamic State attacks on Paris. And that man is …

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Fri, March 18 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Belgian police capture alleged Paris attacker

Twitter keeping posts to 140 characters

From the Washington Post via TheStar.com (“Twitter’s 140-character limit is here to stay“): There was good news for the Twitter faithful Friday: the network’s signature 140-character limit isn’t going anywhere.

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Fri, March 18 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter keeping posts to 140 characters

Five factors to consider in trying to save serious journalism

This Toronto Star op-ed by Madeleine Drohan is headlined Five things you need to know to save journalism, but I found it a bit misleading because it really doesn’t offer anything in terms of solutions.

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Tue, March 15 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Five factors to consider in trying to save serious journalism

The Willy Lomanization of middle-aged U.S. journalists

For middle-aged journalists in the United States, these are the worst of times. First to be targeted in downsizings, last to be rehired.

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Sat, March 5 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The Willy Lomanization of middle-aged U.S. journalists

The Leader-Post downsizing 20 years later

I don’t have anything profound to add to the post I wrote 10 years ago today: Looking back on the great downsizing of 1996.

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Wed, March 2 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The Leader-Post downsizing 20 years later