Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The new four amigos of CBC’s ‘The National’

On Tuesday, CBC unveiled the anchoring team that will be leading the National — its flagship newscast — into the future, after a decades-long run by Peter Mansbridge, who retired July 1.

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Staying informed in a small city that has no daily newspaper

On Jan. 29, 2016, the Guelph Mercury ceased publishing, ending a run of almost 150 years. The city of 132,000 it used to serve is now a case study into what happens when communities lose their newspapers, reports Simon Houpt.

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Kenny Yum: Visionary journalist, age discriminator in hiring

Kenny Yum, a one-time colleague when I worked for Bell Globemedia Interactive in the early 2000s, recently got snapped up by CBC News to be its chief of staff.

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My funny Peter Mansbridge story

I have only one encounter with the great man worth noting.

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Fri, June 30 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on My funny Peter Mansbridge story

Bring out your dead

Saw this on Twitter. Got a morbid kick out of it:

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Fri, March 31 2017 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Bring out your dead

Legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin dies

Subhead: “Mr. Breslin, a New York columnist and best-selling author, leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for decades, with prose that was savagely funny and poorly imitated.”

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Sun, March 19 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin dies

‘Beware The False Temptations Of The Russia Story’

Some on the U.S. left are becoming as crazed by anti-Russia stories as their rightwing counterparts were by anti-Hillary stories during the U.S. election — and that’s making them targets for false news, writes Ben Smith.

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Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

This commentary argues that U.S. President Donald Trump is providing cover to exactly the wrong types of governments to crack down on news outlets in their countries.

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Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

U.S. President Donald Trump would love to make his version of reality the official version, fact-free though it may be. Leah McLaren talks of some technologies that could help make that happen.

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Wed, March 1 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

Twitter to use algorithms to target objectionable users

The lede: “Twitter Inc. on Wednesday launched a wider effort to use algorithms to identify accounts as potentially engaging in abusive behavior, a departure from its practice of relying on users to report accounts that should be reviewed for possible violation of its rules.”

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