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Saving the Toronto Star

Brent Popplewell tells a long yarn in the Walrus about the Toronto Star, its seeming death march as ad revenues dry up — and a long-shot plan to save the storied daily newpaper.

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Mon, May 14 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

La Presse looks to a not-for-profit model

It tried literally stopping the presses in December 2017, but La Presse newspaper found that didn’t cut it, business-wise, in today’s disrupted climate. Now its parent company wants to cut it a $50-million cheque and send it out in the world as a not-for-profit newsroom.

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Wed, May 9 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on La Presse looks to a not-for-profit model

An airy future view of journalism

Erin Millar of The Discourse thinks that once we kick that tired old advertising business model to the curb and embrace subscriptions, things in the Canadian news industry will be peachy* once again. I’m doubtful.

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Thu, May 3 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on An airy future view of journalism

A newspaper industry going nowhere but down

John Miller spent his career at the Toronto Star before heading off to the Ryerson School of Journalism. He’s retired now, but still fires off the odd jeremaiad.

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Sat, December 2 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A newspaper industry going nowhere but down

In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Back in his celebrity, New-York-City-developer heyday, Donald Trump could fake himself in late-night calls and get favourable stories planted in that city’s tabloid papers. Nowadays? He’s shrieking about leakers.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

The president setting out to tame the White House press corps and undermine the First Amendment is doing the right thing and staying away from the April 29 White House Correspondents’ dinner.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

‘Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact’

The lede: “The press will destroy Trump and Trump will destroy the press.”

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Tue, February 21 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on ‘Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact’

Alex Jones of Infowars an infosource for Trump

Alex Jones is one of the most lunatic right-wing truthers out there. And now he apparently has telephone access to U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Sun, February 19 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Alex Jones of Infowars an infosource for Trump

Trump continues to lash out at media during Fla. rally

In Melbourne, Fla., before about 9,000 true believers, U.S. President Donald Trump kept up his attack on the news media from earlier in the week.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Trump continues to lash out at media during Fla. rally

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