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.
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 […]
The lede: “The government can help struggling Canadian media outlets and pump up to $1 billion into public coffers every year by simply updating its 20-year-old interpretation of federal tax law, a new study argues.”
Reporter James Bradshaw wrote a lengthy feature on the woes of Torstar, which owns the Toronto Star. Among the highlights: Torstar lacks a CEO, it has an outside investor circling around and it’s struggling to move from print to pixels. I’ll excerpt a few points on the underperformance of StarTouch and the failure of the […]
The intro: “This report, by a team of seven Times journalists, outlines the newsroom’s strategy and aspirations. For additional details, see this memo from Dean Baquet, The Times’s executive editor, and Joe Kahn, the managing editor.“
Once upon a time, it appeared Facebook Live would be the next big thing. But it now seems to be a wave that has already crested.
The lede: “Tax changes, better copyright protection and fees imposed on Facebook and Google are among the solutions being touted to help rescue Canada’s ailing news industry, internal reports show.”
It might have 9.4 million followers on Twitter, but according to NBC News, the Breaking News alert app didn’t pull its weight and will be shut down on Dec. 31.
This week ended with eight veteran Regina Leader-Post journalists and nine from the Saskatoon StarPhoenix taking buyouts and going out into the cold unknown. The L-Pers are all from my generation of employees (I left in the 1996 downsizing). Bummer. :(
More pain in the media sector as Rogers Media cut jobs and shuffled executives this week.