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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 » No Comments

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

StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

StarTouch, the tablet-based app, is one of the biggest bets a news organization has placed in recent years, hasn’t worked out so well for the Toronto Star. And that’s why outgoing TorStar CEO David Holland says his successor will have to devote heavy thought to its future.

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Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

‘How Mark Zuckerberg could really fix journalism’

Journalism academic Emily Bell peruses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent manifesto and offers some thoughts on what his company could do to really fix journalism.

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Wed, February 22 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘How Mark Zuckerberg could really fix journalism’

Facebook’s next phase further threatens journalism

Craigslist started the unbundling process of separating services from news that helped lead to journalism’s precarious financial situation today. Facebook’s new strategy will make things worse.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook’s next phase further threatens journalism

Who will fill in for the missing journalists?

Canada has lost about one-third of its journalists in the past six years alone. If we assume those jobs aren’t coming back, who, if anyone, will perform the work once done by those lost journos? This is the first in a series of Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy Journalism articles on the topic of Canada’s […]

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Sat, February 4 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Who will fill in for the missing journalists?