Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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On a 20-something’s farewell to newspaper journalism

This made the rounds of Twitter Tuesday night. It’s a blog post by a 28-year-old woman who got the news bug in her teens, started a full-time reporting job in 2005 — but who quit the news biz to write for a public hospital (with health benefits and a pension plan). Here was Allyson Bird’s […]

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Tue, March 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » 4 Comments

Toronto Star to cut, outsource jobs

Canada’s largest circulation newspaper has bowed to the inexorable pressure of falling advertising revenues and cut staff, offsetting some of those cuts by outsourcing page layout work to another company.

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Mon, March 4 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

They apologized for what?

As if print journalism’s future wasn’t challenged enough, there’s always these types to hurry its demise – dumb bit.ly/XWQQje — John Paton (@jxpaton) February 26, 2013 And that, folks, is my introduction to one of the most bizarre and gutless corrections in the history of newspapers. From JimRomenesko.com: The Cherokee Scout in Murphy N.C. apologized […]

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Mon, February 25 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

An ex-editor lists his regrets

John Robinson has been out of the newspaper game for a year, after being in it for 27, the last l3 as editor of the News and Record newspaper in Greensboro, N.C. He offers some thoughts on what he would have done better, looking backward through the lens.

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Mon, December 3 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Worst practical joke judgment ever

Two journalists in Kyrgyzstan are out of a job after they kidnapped a female broadcaster and threatened her life at gunpoint as part of some ill-conceived practical joke. The broadcaster is Nazira Aytbekova.

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Fri, November 2 2012 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off

Toronto Star going the digital subscription route

The flurry of paywall expansions is continuing, this time with Canada’s largest newspaper announcing it is going to introduce a digital subscription in 2013.

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Mon, October 29 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Postmedia to push paywalls as revenues sag

From The Globe and Mail: Canada’s largest chain of metropolitan newspapers will close the gates in the new year and ask readers to pay to read their online content.

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Thu, October 25 2012 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Canadian newspapers look on the bright side

Four top newspaper editors in Toronto talked about the challenges facing their newsrooms in a world where print economics are crumbling and digital is proving to be an economic scramble.

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Wed, October 24 2012 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

‘Hive minds,’ partisan audiences and newsrooms

Arthur Brisbane Jr., outgoing public editor of the New York Times, had a few things to say in his final column about groupthink in the newsroom.

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Sun, August 26 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Postmedia talks of continued cost-cutting

Striving to become a profitable, digital-first media company, Postmedia announced Tuesday that it plans to continue cutting costs in the next few years as it revealed lower second-quarter earnings.

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Tue, July 10 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off