Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Rounding up the cuts in Canada’s news industry

Figures compiled by the Canadian Media Guild show losses of about 10,000 jobs across Canada (and job categories) in the past five years, reports Jan Wong, a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., in J-Source.

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Tue, November 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Arbitrator rules for ‘Globe and Mail’ over Jan Wong

From the Toronto Star: Journalist Jan Wong breached a confidentiality agreement with The Globe and Mail and must pay back an undisclosed severance payment, an arbitrator has ruled.

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Fri, July 5 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Collapsing print revenues hammer Postmedia Network

A continuing collapse in print revenues, coupled with anemic growth in digital revenues, combined to result in a $112-million quarterly loss for the Postmedia Network, the Globe and Mail reported.

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Wed, July 3 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

More than 60 take buyouts from Pacific Newspaper Group

News1130.com in Vancouver reports that up to 62 people from various departments of the Pacific Newspaper Group have accepted buyouts from the company, a division of Postmedia Network. The papers affected are the Vancouver Sun and its sister paper the Province. One notable name departing is investigative reporter David Bains, who made his name by […]

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Tue, June 11 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Canadian newspaper revenue trend looks bleak, report says

From The Globe and Mail: Canada’s newspaper industry will see advertising and circulation revenue decline by almost 20 per cent over the next four years, according to a global study that suggests the market was worth $2.1-billion in 2012.

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Wed, June 5 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

CityNews is no more

Rogers Communication’s foray into the world of 24 hour local TV news has ended after 20 months.

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Thu, May 30 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Aging gracefully in journalism

I curated an online #wjchat conversation about aging gracefully in journalism. The chat took place on May 15. You can find it here. The main point is keep your skills fresh. The journalism world has seen dizzying rates of change in the past decade, and you must embrace that change in order to keep up.

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Thu, May 16 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Grim warning issued at Pacific Newspaper Group

The president and publisher of Pacific Newspaper Group within Postmedia News, which operates the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers, sent out a bluntly worded memo to staff asking for voluntary severances ahead of what would surely be a round of layoffs. But that wasn’t the only bad news transmitted by Gordon Fisher, reported the Globe […]

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Wed, April 24 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Globe and Mail’ seeks voluntary buyouts

Citing a poor advertising market, the Globe and Mail announced today that it is offering full and part-time staff a chance to participate in voluntary buyouts.

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Mon, April 22 2013 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

The painful period of reinvention

From a Frank Rich column in New York magazine: A few weeks ago I ran into a staff writer in his early forties I know at the Washington Post, where layoffs, cuts in coverage, and management turnover have been particularly severe. As is typical in such encounters, we compared notes on the state of the […]

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Mon, April 8 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off