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Gap between those who worry about Fake News and those who have seen it

The Reuters Digital News Report for 2018  finds that there’s a big gap between those who who worry about Fake News and those who have actually seen examples of it.

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Rogers’ magazine, digital divisions downsize by one-third

Rogers Media is citing continuing pressures on its print products and shrinking ad revenues as reasons for its deep cuts announced Thursday.

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Thu, June 14 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Rogers’ magazine, digital divisions downsize by one-third

Less news being shared via social media

The new Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism study finds that while people are becoming disenchanted with Facebook, interest in news sharing via software such as WhatsApp is growing.

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Beating back the National Post’s unionization drive

Canadaland took a look at the tactics used by Postmedia management to narrowly defeat a campaign to unionize the National Post‘s newsroom.

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Russian journalist murdered in Ukraine

Here’s one of the tweets I saw Tuesday morning about the death of Arkady Babenko: One by one, Russian journalists who have attempted to hold the Kremlin to account are being murdered. https://t.co/ZrqkUSL54E — Jo Becker (@Jo_Becker) May 29, 2018

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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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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 » Comments Off on Saving the Toronto Star

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?

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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