Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Climate scientists growing weary of taking punches

An arresting article in this month’s Esquire — When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job. The subhead: “Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can’t really talk about it.” It’s a long read, but worth it. An accompanying commentary is Killing Us Softly: […]

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Fri, July 10 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Conrad Black scolds Postmedia during conference call

Conrad Black, once Canada’s most powerful newspaper owner before his “troubles,” argued during a Postmedia conference call that the chain had to invest in quality in order to arrest its decline.

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Thu, July 9 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Toronto Star reporter quits after being banned from reporting on story

This doesn’t happen every day. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, announced he had resigned from the Toronto Star over a “do-not-report” order he had been given by his editors.

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Wed, July 8 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

A splendid end to the glorious career of the Grateful Dead

  Formed in San Francisco in 1965, the Grateful Dead capped its 50-year performing career with its five-show Fare Thee Well tour, the last of which occurred Sunday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

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Mon, July 6 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off

Sports blogging is a tough business

A good cautionary tale about how following one’s work passion into blindly running a blog as a business can lead to a financially rocky place.

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Mon, July 6 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Greek referendum voters reject more austerity

About 61 per cent of Greeks who voted in Sunday’s convoluted (the question was 73 words long) said no to more austerity measures in exchange for European financial support. Now the tea leaves will be aggressively read to see exactly what that means for the proud, destitute Greeks.

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Sun, July 5 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

How Circa structured news

From the Nieman Lab subhead: “Circa’s backend placed every news event into a broader, branched network of stories — providing a structured vision of the larger narratives that other news organizations might not identify from day-to-day copy.”

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Mon, June 29 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

How Islamic State hooked one lonely American girl

A young adult named Alex living in rural America met some of the best friends she ever had online. Too bad they were Islamic State recruiters.

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Sun, June 28 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

‘Decline of Western Civilization’ films re-released

From the NYT (“Penelope Spheeris Reissues ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ Films“): The arrival of “The Decline of Western Civilization Collection” as a pristine extras-filled box set from Shout Factory this week is to budding punks what a new “Star Wars” movie is to, well, all the other kids: something they never thought they’d get to […]

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Sun, June 28 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off

Ten numbers that speak truths about where the U.S. news business is today

Ken Doctor of Newsonomics has produced a listicle that provides some food for thought about where the news business is and where it is likely going. Apply to Canada where you see fit.

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Fri, June 26 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off