Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Yo, J-Source, here’s a better link

I happened to trip across an April 8 commentary on J-Source by Deborah Campbell, one in which my name appears. She linked to an old blog post of mine about the CAJ’s total mishandling of the Stevie Cameron situation, but that link is broken. I tried to leave a comment, but Recaptcha, the site’s spam-comment-blocking […]

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Tue, June 22 2010 » CAJ-L postings, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Yo, J-Source, here’s a better link

How journos chatted about the great Toronto snowstorm of 1999

I dug up (so to speak) how journalists on CAJ-L discussed the 1999 snowstorm that paralyzed Toronto and led then-mayor Mel Lastman to call in the army.

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Wed, January 14 2009 » CAJ-L postings, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on How journos chatted about the great Toronto snowstorm of 1999

Another rant about the CAJ

(Note: This was first posted to CAJ-L, the e-mail discussion list of the Canadian Association of Journalists, in May 2005. I made a few formatting changes on June 21, 2010) I really hoped to put the CAJ/Stevie Cameron affair behind me, but in the last few days, I’ve found myself roused into commenting once more. […]

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Thu, May 19 2005 » CAJ-L postings, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Another rant about the CAJ

Troubles in CAJ-Land

On March 10, 2004, the CAJ board sent out a news release attacking author Stevie Cameron for being too close to the police in her investigation of the Airbus affair. In my opinion, it was done in haste, it was ill-informed and it smeared the reputation of an honoured member of the craft. Cameron (whom […]

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Thu, February 10 2005 » CAJ-L postings, Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Bill argues with self about casual hell

Over the last two nights, I've made some posts to CAJ-L on being stuck in casual hell as a journalist — the worst shifts, the worst work and the least security. For the hell of it, I argued the pro and the con sides in different posts. It was actually an offshoot of a thread […]

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Tue, January 25 2005 » CAJ-L postings, Main Page » 4 Comments

On timidity and being a team player

I went off on a wee bit of a rant tonight on CAJ-L. The trigger was a posting on the timidity of the Canadian media. John Miller wrote: > This is precisely the problem. Journalists in Canada have> become a meek lot. The corporate culture of, say, CanWest > Global Communications (to name the most obvious […]

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Thu, December 16 2004 » CAJ-L postings, Main Page » Comments Off on On timidity and being a team player

Al Qaqaa and context

Here’s a CAJ-L posting I made on The Daily Show’s “coverage” of Dubya’s attempts to deflect on the Al Qaqaa cock-up and a pointer to a great column from the ever-lucid Paul Krugman of the NYT.

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Fri, October 29 2004 » CAJ-L postings, Main Page » Comments Off on Al Qaqaa and context

Wal-Mart not down with judicial nudity

Wal-Mart has decided it won’t be carrying America (The Book): A citizen’s guide to democracy inaction, by Jon Stewart and writers from The Daily Show crew.

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Fri, October 22 2004 » CAJ-L postings, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Wal-Mart not down with judicial nudity

Don’t mess with Fox

A disturbing part of a lawsuit filed against Fox News star Bill O’Reilly talks about how he warned a female colleague that screwing with Fox News (so to speak) would bring repercussions: I posted this to CAJ-L first. It has its genesis in the Frank Rich column I posted earlier tonight. Another related posting is […]

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Fri, October 22 2004 » CAJ-L postings, Main Page » Comments Off on Don’t mess with Fox

The Dark Side

There was some chatter on CAJ-L on the subject of going to the “dark side” (ie. better paying jobs in corporate and government communications). My contribution is below. I've also archived some of the better posts. – – – – – – – – – – – I was hunting around for an old American […]

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Thu, October 21 2004 » CAJ-L postings » Comments Off on The Dark Side