Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

July 2016 is hottest recorded month in history

According to NASA, thermometers were popping all over the planet last month.

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Yes, seniority is a fair way to decide who survives downsizings

The Toronto Star laid off 52 people last week, including 19 full-time unionized journalists. Personally, I think it’s fair if those with more seniority avoided the axe, in part because I haven’t seen much fairness in shops where seniority didn’t apply. The fact that seniority played into determining who got laid off and who stayed […]

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Gentrification turns its guns on the South Bronx

The South Bronx, birthplace of hip hop and once the poster boy for urban decline, now finds itself in the sights of developers who envision a new Williamsburg. But what about the people already living there?

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Trump’s campaign against the press

Who is Donald Trump campaigning against — Hillary Clinton or the press? Some days, it’s hard to tell.

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Drone strike kills Islamic State leader for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed Khan, leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died July 26 when a U.S. drone blasted him and some associates in Afghanistan’s Nangharhar province, which lies east of Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul.

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Toronto Star swings axe in newsroom, on tablet project

Sinking ad revenues triggered a round of job cuts Tuesday at the Toronto Star, with temporary workers on the company’s news tablet product taking the hardest hit.

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The spread of the hipster aesthetic. How tiresome

From the Observer subhead: “Industrial furniture, stripped floors and Edison bulbs: why must we aspire to such bland monotony?”

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Using social media to report on Islamic State

Rukmini Callamachi covers Islamic State and al Qaeda for the New York Times. This Wired Q-and-A looks at how she uses social media to further her journalism.

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Italy passes law attacking commercial food waste

From the subhead: “‘The food currently wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people,’ says theĀ UN Food and Agricultural Organisation.”

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Keeping the myth-busting Snopes.com afloat in a surging sea of lies

Snopes.com has assigned itself the mission of correcting urban legends and debunking Internet rumours. What to do with a lying machine like U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump?

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