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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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Summing up the Postmedia mess

Toronto Star columnist David Olive takes a tough look at the corporate basket case that is Postmedia and lays out some ownership models that might be more in the public interest.

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Why we need a strong mainstream news media

Globe and Mail columnist Marsha Lederman tries valiantly to explain why the steady erosion of mainstream news organizations in Canada is a bad thing.

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Fri, January 22 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Why we need a strong mainstream news media

What’s lost when newsrooms are downsized

The Globe and Mail‘s Simon Houpt on the hidden costs of shedding journalistic staff from local newsrooms.

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Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets

Postmedia, in response to a desperate need to cut costs and service its debt, cut 90 staff and merged newsrooms in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa.

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Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers

John Stackhouse started at the Globe and Mail newspaper in 1989, just as the really flush years of newspapers were ending. A very talented journalist, he rose through the ranks and became the logical heir-apparent when publisher Philip Crawley tired of editor-in-chief Edward Greenspon in the spring of 2009.

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Fri, January 1 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Media » Comments Off on Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers

The tablet-dominant era begins for La Presse

Monday through Friday delivery of a La Presse newspaper ends in Montreal on Jan. 1. For weekdays, if you want the news, you’ll need to get the app installed on your tablet.

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Wed, December 30 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The tablet-dominant era begins for La Presse

Two Quebecor newspapers drop their paywalls

From Fagstein (“No more paywall at the Journal de Montréal“): “Autre nouvelle importante”, it starts, burying the lead a bit: The Journal de Montréal announced on Wednesday that all content on its website will now be free. Ditto for the Journal de Québec. No more paywall on either site.

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Thu, December 17 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Two Quebecor newspapers drop their paywalls

Giant Chinese e-commerce firm buys influential Hong Kong paper

From CBCNews.ca (“Alibaba buys Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post“): Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group has bought Hong Kong’s most influential English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, and its other media assets.

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Fri, December 11 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Giant Chinese e-commerce firm buys influential Hong Kong paper

Now this is a tabloid news cover

The New York Daily News pulled no punches with its Dec. 3 cover the day after 14 people died in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.: Daily News editor-in-chief Jim Rich talked about the cover, and reaction to it, with the Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple (“New York Daily News editor defends provocative cover: ‘We […]

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Thu, December 3 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Media » Comments Off on Now this is a tabloid news cover