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The downside of reporting honestly on the WHCD crowd

Patrick Gavin says in this commentary that reporting honestly on the week-long party scene that surrounds the White House Correspondents’ Dinner has made him persona non grata with the crowd.

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Global stories call for collaboration amongst journalists

Kathy English, public editor of the Toronto Star, takes a look at the Panama Papers and sees a future lying in collaboration among the world’s investigative journalists for dealing with such megastories.

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Fri, April 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Global stories call for collaboration amongst journalists

CTVNEWS.ca stops hosting online comments

On April 1, CTVNews.ca said it would stop hosting comments on its own story pages and instead use social media platforms for discussions: Fans are invited to join in on the conversations happening every day across CTV News’ wide range of social media platforms: on the CTV News Facebook page and the CTV News Channel […]

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Sat, April 2 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on CTVNEWS.ca stops hosting online comments

Snapchat is playing to win

Fortune magazine’s Mathew Ingram looks at the healthy ambitions of Snapchat, which has been evolving at a furious rate.

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Thu, March 31 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Snapchat is playing to win

Five factors to consider in trying to save serious journalism

This Toronto Star op-ed by Madeleine Drohan is headlined Five things you need to know to save journalism, but I found it a bit misleading because it really doesn’t offer anything in terms of solutions.

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Tue, March 15 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Five factors to consider in trying to save serious journalism

The Willy Lomanization of middle-aged U.S. journalists

For middle-aged journalists in the United States, these are the worst of times. First to be targeted in downsizings, last to be rehired.

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Sat, March 5 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The Willy Lomanization of middle-aged U.S. journalists

A departing editor’s view of downsizing

On Jan. 19, 25 people were let go from the Edmonton Journal, including editor-in-chief Margo Goodhand (Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey said some bosses had to go to, along with the worker bees). Goodhand penned an article for Walrus magazine about the experience and what it means to newspapers.

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Thu, February 4 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A departing editor’s view of downsizing

Postmedia wants foreign newspaper ownership rules eased

From the Toronto Star (“Postmedia pushing for looser foreign-ownership rules“): Postmedia is pressing its case for an easing of newspaper foreign ownership restrictions as it faces U.S. currency debt repayment burdens CEO Paul Godfrey has likened to a “noose around your neck,” sources say.

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Sat, January 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia wants foreign newspaper ownership rules eased

Summing up the Postmedia mess

Toronto Star columnist David Olive takes a tough look at the corporate basket case that is Postmedia and lays out some ownership models that might be more in the public interest.

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Sat, January 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Summing up the Postmedia mess

Why we need a strong mainstream news media

Globe and Mail columnist Marsha Lederman tries valiantly to explain why the steady erosion of mainstream news organizations in Canada is a bad thing.

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Fri, January 22 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Why we need a strong mainstream news media