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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?

Report recommends tax tweak to help Canadian news media

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.”

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Mon, January 23 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Report recommends tax tweak to help Canadian news media

The financial woes of Torstar aren’t getting better

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 […]

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Sat, January 21 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The financial woes of Torstar aren’t getting better

The New York Times’ report on Towards 2020

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.“

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Tue, January 17 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The New York Times’ report on Towards 2020

Facebook Live losing steam

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.

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Tue, January 17 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook Live losing steam

Canadian media leaders want money from Google, Facebook

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.”

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Wed, January 11 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Canadian media leaders want money from Google, Facebook

Breaking news: Breaking News is to be shut down

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.

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Thu, December 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Breaking news: Breaking News is to be shut down