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Toronto Star names its first female editor-in-chief

The Toronto Star went with an inside candidate for editor-in-chief, selecting 48-year-old Irene Gentle, making her the first female editorial boss of the paper in its 126-year history.

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Thu, June 21 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Star names its first female editor-in-chief

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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Wed, June 13 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Less news being shared via social media

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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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

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

A newspaper industry going nowhere but down

John Miller spent his career at the Toronto Star before heading off to the Ryerson School of Journalism. He’s retired now, but still fires off the odd jeremaiad.

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Sat, December 2 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A newspaper industry going nowhere but down

The new National gets ready to launch

On Nov. 6, a quadra-headed monster will take the place of Peter Mansbridge, the lone anchor of CBC TV’s The National for most of the past 30 years. It represents the corp’s best thinking about what the next generation of app0intment television news watchers want.

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Fri, November 3 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The new National gets ready to launch