Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

The ‘Dallas Morning News’ marks the JFK assassination’s 50th, et al

The Dallas Morning News marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy with a huge special — JFK50. A year-long series: The people. The city. The impact. There’s a one-hour documentary on the tragic shooting, a minute-by-minute timeline of that fateful Nov. 22, 1963 day, a Dealey Plaza interactive — […]

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Fri, November 22 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions’

From the GuardianUS: The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to state-owned and government-run firms.

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Wed, November 20 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

The Gettysburg Address as PowerPoint presentation

I found this concept to be amusing. From the Atlantic, but pointing to Peter Norvig’s fantastic reimagining of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg, which marks its 150th anniversary today, as a PowerPoint presentation:

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Tue, November 19 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off

Rounding up the cuts in Canada’s news industry

Figures compiled by the Canadian Media Guild show losses of about 10,000 jobs across Canada (and job categories) in the past five years, reports Jan Wong, a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., in J-Source.

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Tue, November 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Ford Nation’ cancelled by Sun News after one episode

Rob and Doug, we barely got to know thee. The Sun News Network cancelled its Ford Nation show less than 24 hours after its Monday-night debut.

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Tue, November 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

The swirling trap of long-term unemployment

The New York Times had a chilling story in today’s paper: In today’s U.S. economy, if you don’t get a new job within six months of becoming unemployed, your chances of ever becoming rehired drop precipitously.

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Sun, November 17 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » 2 Comments

2013 to be among top 10 warmest years on record, says WMO

From the BBC: Of the broad pattern, (WMO head Michel Jarraud) said: “All of the warmest years have been since 1998, and this year once again continues the underlying, long-term trend. The coldest years now are warmer than the hottest years before 1998.

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Sat, November 16 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Ford brothers to get show on Sun News

After stepping aside from Newstalk 1010 radio, the Ford brothers will be resurfacing this Monday on the Sun News Network, home of talents such as Ezra Levant. The small irony of this is that the Toronto Sun newspaper thinks Mayor Rob Ford should move on. And the announcement came on the same day that Mayor […]

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Fri, November 15 2013 » Main Page, Media » 2 Comments

‘Toronto Star’ to jettison more staff

The Toronto Star is planning to cut 75 to 100 jobs — from unionized, non-unionized and management positions — as it continues to rightsize (if that’s the word for it) its business.

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Thu, November 14 2013 » Main Page » Comments Off

‘Anchorman’ gets exhibit at Newseum

Anchorman, that hilarious send-up of 1970s TV “action news” shows, has been deemed worthy of an exhibit at the Newseum. But it won’t all be about the yucks; attendees will learn about the real issues of diversity and sexism that existed in those times.

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Wed, November 13 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off