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What does a veteran sportswriter do after he’s laid off?

Jeff Bradley had some great sportswriting gigs over the years, but it all came to an end on Jan. 15, 2013 when he was laid off. So what does a guy with 25 years of writing experience do to put food on the table?

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Mon, November 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on What does a veteran sportswriter do after he’s laid off?

Three Sun newspapers to shut down?

Frank magazine had a possible scoop Saturday night: Postmedia to shut down dailies in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Frank Fact Postmedia, which lost $263.4-million last year, will fold the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen into one paper in March. Likewise in Calgary and Edmonton. The Herald and the Sun will become one paper; The Journal will merge with the Edmonton Sun. Source: Reliable Postmedia’s ongoing losses and shrinking print […]

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Sat, November 7 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Three Sun newspapers to shut down?

Bell Media to swing the scythe, cut jobs

From the Globe and Mail (“Bell Media to cut 270 jobs in Toronto, 110 in Montreal“): Ongoing cost-cutting at Bell Media will see the company slash about 270 jobs in Toronto and 110 more in Montreal by the end of November.

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Thu, November 5 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Bell Media to swing the scythe, cut jobs

Postmedia cuts back on evening tablet coverage

The Globe and Mail is reporting that Postmedia is dropping its plans to roll out magazine-style tablet editions at its main newspaper properties, ones designed to serve an evening audience, and substituting a cheaper, simpler product that will provide day-long updates.

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Wed, October 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia cuts back on evening tablet coverage

Conrad Black scolds Postmedia during conference call

Conrad Black, once Canada’s most powerful newspaper owner before his “troubles,” argued during a Postmedia conference call that the chain had to invest in quality in order to arrest its decline.

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Thu, July 9 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Conrad Black scolds Postmedia during conference call

Sports blogging is a tough business

A good cautionary tale about how following one’s work passion into blindly running a blog as a business can lead to a financially rocky place.

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Mon, July 6 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Sports blogging is a tough business

Ten numbers that speak truths about where the U.S. news business is today

Ken Doctor of Newsonomics has produced a listicle that provides some food for thought about where the news business is and where it is likely going. Apply to Canada where you see fit.

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Fri, June 26 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Ten numbers that speak truths about where the U.S. news business is today

Betting on tablets in the newspaper business

Media analyst Ken Doctor takes a look at the tablet play by La Presse in Montreal and the looming one by the Toronto Star in postings at the Nieman Lab website.

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Tue, June 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Betting on tablets in the newspaper business

Fired Tyee editor launches wrongful dismissal suit

Jane Armstrong was an accomplished senior journalist when she joined the Tyee as editor-in-chief last fall. Seven months later, the Tyee heaved her overboard. She is now suing for wrongful dismissal.

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Tue, June 9 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Fired Tyee editor launches wrongful dismissal suit

Silverman tapped to head Buzzfeed Canada

From the Globe and Mail (“BuzzFeed hires author of award-winning book on journalistic errors to head Canadian team“): BuzzFeed, the news and viral content factory that has sometimes been burned by made-up news stories, has hired a leading warrior against fake viral content to head up its new Canadian editorial operations.

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Sat, April 25 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Silverman tapped to head Buzzfeed Canada