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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

What’s lost when newsrooms are downsized

The Globe and Mail‘s Simon Houpt on the hidden costs of shedding journalistic staff from local newsrooms.

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Tue, January 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on What’s lost when newsrooms are downsized

Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets

Postmedia, in response to a desperate need to cut costs and service its debt, cut 90 staff and merged newsrooms in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa.

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Tue, January 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets

Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers

John Stackhouse started at the Globe and Mail newspaper in 1989, just as the really flush years of newspapers were ending. A very talented journalist, he rose through the ranks and became the logical heir-apparent when publisher Philip Crawley tired of editor-in-chief Edward Greenspon in the spring of 2009.

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Fri, January 1 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Media » Comments Off on Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers

The tablet-dominant era begins for La Presse

Monday through Friday delivery of a La Presse newspaper ends in Montreal on Jan. 1. For weekdays, if you want the news, you’ll need to get the app installed on your tablet.

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Wed, December 30 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The tablet-dominant era begins for La Presse