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Toronto Star swings axe in newsroom, on tablet project

Sinking ad revenues triggered a round of job cuts Tuesday at the Toronto Star, with temporary workers on the company’s news tablet product taking the hardest hit.

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Tue, August 9 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Star swings axe in newsroom, on tablet project

Postmedia seeks to restructure debt

Postmedia is seeking to cut about half its debt, thus slashing interest costs, in order to keep afloat.

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Thu, July 7 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia seeks to restructure debt

Mainstream newspaper quotes satirical rag

As I said on Twitter, Beware using the Beaverton as a source.

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Sat, May 21 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Mainstream newspaper quotes satirical rag

Some voices sympathetic to Margaret Wente emerge

Terence Corcoran of the Financial Post and Emma Rose Teitel, national columnist with the Toronto Star, tried to offer counter-opinions to those who believe Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente is a serial plagiarist who should be fired.

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Sat, April 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Some voices sympathetic to Margaret Wente emerge

Reaction to latest Margaret Wente plagiarism allegations

Here’s a round-up of commentary about the latest plagiarism shitstorm surrounding Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente. Here is my post from Monday – Margaret Wente in plagiarism hot water again.

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Wed, April 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Reaction to latest Margaret Wente plagiarism allegations

Margaret Wente in plagiarism hot water again

On Saturday, Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente had a column published saying how The Great Global Greening is Happening Now. Unfortunately for Wente, Carole Wainio was one of its readers. She noticed some striking similarities between Wente’s writing and what appeared to be unattributed source material — as she did in 2012. As a […]

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Mon, April 25 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Margaret Wente in plagiarism hot water again

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

A conversation with the Boston Globe’s former ‘Spotlight’ editor

Walter “Robby” Robinson ran the Spotlight investigative unit of the Boston Globe newspaper in 2002 when it took up the story of how priests sexually abused children in the Boston area and how the powerful Cardinal Bernard Law, archbishop of the Boston archdiocese, helped keep the carnage quiet. This work of reportage was honoured with […]

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Sun, February 21 2016 » Film, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A conversation with the Boston Globe’s former ‘Spotlight’ editor

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