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Torstar honcho warns of business crisis in Canadian newsrooms

John Honderich, chairman of the board at Torstar, addressed a parliamentary committee and told them how shrinking advertising revenues are decimating newsrooms in Canada.

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Thu, September 29 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Torstar honcho warns of business crisis in Canadian newsrooms

Facebook, Twitter to join fight against fake news

The lede: “Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday.”

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Tue, September 13 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook, Twitter to join fight against fake news

Verdict in high-profile Edmonton murder trial to be televised

The verdict in the Travis Vader murder trial, who is accused of killing two Alberta seniors, will be televised live, a judge has ruled.

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Democracy Now!’s Goodman sought on trespassing warrant over oil protest coverage

The lede: “North Dakota authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the prominent radio and TV journalist Amy Goodman, in response to her coverage of protests at the construction site for a massive oil pipeline.”

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Mon, September 12 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Democracy Now!’s Goodman sought on trespassing warrant over oil protest coverage

The problem is ageism

The nut graf: “Why, then, are well over a million and a half Americans over 50, people with decades of life ahead of them, unable to find work? The underlying reason isn’t personal, it’s structural. “

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Facebook backtracks on censoring famous Vietnam war photo

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Sat, September 10 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook backtracks on censoring famous Vietnam war photo

Globe and Mail looks to reduce head count by 40

The Globe and Mail announced a voluntary separation package aiming to induce 40 staffers to leave the company as it struggles with economic headwinds.

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Thu, September 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Globe and Mail looks to reduce head count by 40

Globe and Mail to downsize by about 40 employees

Globe and Mail employees at a town hall meeting heard publisher Philip Crawley say he wants to cut the company-wide head count by about 40 through voluntary separation agreements. If 40 people didn’t step forward, layoffs were possible.

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The lost generations of US journalists

A University of Kansas professor has come out with a new book, Journalism’s Lost Generation: The Un-Doing of U.S. Newspaper Newsrooms, to explore the effects of the 10-year demolition project in American newsrooms. Scott Reinardy spoke with Deron Lee of Columbia Journalism Review. Some excerpts of the interview follow.

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Wed, September 7 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The lost generations of US journalists

Let the Mansbridge replacement sweepstakes begin

At the very end of his Monday night newscast, CBC TV’s Peter Mansbridge told The National’s audience that he would be stepping down from his job on July 1, 2017 — making it an almost 30-year run. Now, the big question becomes, who and what is next for the CBC?

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Tue, September 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Let the Mansbridge replacement sweepstakes begin