Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Please help support wounded Afghan journalists

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the survivors of a horrific April 30 suicide bombing in Afghanistan that targeted journalists, plus the families of those nine killed. The goal is $50,000. Please donate whatever you can and spread the word about the campaign. Background Horrific day for journalists in Afghanistan

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Sat, May 19 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Stuck inside of Virginia with the Afghan blues again

Seven Afghan journalists were resettled in Charlottesville, Va. — something that may have saved their lives. But they aren’t journalists any more, just wage slaves, and it’s got to hurt.

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Wed, May 16 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Saving the Toronto Star

Brent Popplewell tells a long yarn in the Walrus about the Toronto Star, its seeming death march as ad revenues dry up — and a long-shot plan to save the storied daily newpaper.

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Mon, May 14 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Could you be duped by fake news?

Depending on its sophistication, the answer is oh yes, you probably could. Some French journalists have created a conspiracy theory video to test you.

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Sat, May 12 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Could you be duped by fake news?

La Presse looks to a not-for-profit model

It tried literally stopping the presses in December 2017, but La Presse newspaper found that didn’t cut it, business-wise, in today’s disrupted climate. Now its parent company wants to cut it a $50-million cheque and send it out in the world as a not-for-profit newsroom.

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Wed, May 9 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on La Presse looks to a not-for-profit model

Why purely reader-supported news sites can be problematic

On Thursday, I blogged about Erin Millar’s airy future view of journalism. Note this tweet from Friday: My own ethical dilemma, as a struggling local news publisher: if I’d pivoted to a reader-support model, that decision would’ve reoriented the whole news outlet toward serving the most affluent, NPR-ish slice of our audience. It would’ve been […]

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Fri, May 4 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Why purely reader-supported news sites can be problematic

An airy future view of journalism

Erin Millar of The Discourse thinks that once we kick that tired old advertising business model to the curb and embrace subscriptions, things in the Canadian news industry will be peachy* once again. I’m doubtful.

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Thu, May 3 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on An airy future view of journalism

How the Edmonton Journal won an honorary Pulitzer 80 years ago

Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons tells the story of how the paper came to be the only non-American newspaper to win an honorary Pulitzer Prize for its battling for press freedom in Alberta.

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Thu, May 3 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on How the Edmonton Journal won an honorary Pulitzer 80 years ago

World Press Freedom Day in Myanmar

A tweet from Reuters: Myanmar journalists say government is failing to protect press freedom, according to survey: https://t.co/3EfEo9BKEI Follow updates on detained @Reuters reporters in Myanmar: https://t.co/XYMIiRARYG pic.twitter.com/00CV6BSEEo — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 3, 2018

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The deadliest countries for journalists

This tweet from the Committee to Protect Journalists shows which have been the most dangerous countries for journalists since 1992, including where journos were deliberately targeted. On the 25th #WorldPressFreedomDay, we remember the more than 1300 journalists killed for their work worldwide since 1992, and salute the bravery of those who risk their lives to […]

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