Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Trump’s nose-stretcher on immigrant murders in the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump sent reporters into fact-checking mode Friday when he claimed that illegal immigrants had murdered 63,000 Americans since 9/11. The Washington Post‘s Philip Bump calls B.S. on that.

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Fri, June 22 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trump’s nose-stretcher on immigrant murders in the U.S.

Toronto Star names its first female editor-in-chief

The Toronto Star went with an inside candidate for editor-in-chief, selecting 48-year-old Irene Gentle, making her the first female editorial boss of the paper in its 126-year history.

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Thu, June 21 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Star names its first female editor-in-chief

Beating back the National Post’s unionization drive

Canadaland took a look at the tactics used by Postmedia management to narrowly defeat a campaign to unionize the National Post‘s newsroom.

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Wed, June 6 2018 » Main Page » Comments Off on Beating back the National Post’s unionization drive

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 » Comments Off on Saving the Toronto Star

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

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

Bring out your dead

Saw this on Twitter. Got a morbid kick out of it:

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Fri, March 31 2017 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Bring out your dead

StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

StarTouch, the tablet-based app, is one of the biggest bets a news organization has placed in recent years, hasn’t worked out so well for the Toronto Star. And that’s why outgoing TorStar CEO David Holland says his successor will have to devote heavy thought to its future.

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Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

The financial woes of Torstar aren’t getting better

Reporter James Bradshaw wrote a lengthy feature on the woes of Torstar, which owns the Toronto Star. Among the highlights: Torstar lacks a CEO, it has an outside investor circling around and it’s struggling to move from print to pixels. I’ll excerpt a few points on the underperformance of StarTouch and the failure of the […]

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Sat, January 21 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The financial woes of Torstar aren’t getting better

Praising the work of a free and democratic press

The Globe and Mail “celebrates” the role of mainstream media following a year of fake news, Nazi-era cries of “lugenpresse!” (lying press) being revived and other attacks mounted on them.

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Tue, December 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Praising the work of a free and democratic press