Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Grim warning issued at Pacific Newspaper Group

The president and publisher of Pacific Newspaper Group within Postmedia News, which operates the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers, sent out a bluntly worded memo to staff asking for voluntary severances ahead of what would surely be a round of layoffs. But that wasn’t the only bad news transmitted by Gordon Fisher, reported the Globe […]

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Wed, April 24 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Globe and Mail’ seeks voluntary buyouts

Citing a poor advertising market, the Globe and Mail announced today that it is offering full and part-time staff a chance to participate in voluntary buyouts.

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Mon, April 22 2013 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

The painful period of reinvention

From a Frank Rich column in New York magazine: A few weeks ago I ran into a staff writer in his early forties I know at the Washington Post, where layoffs, cuts in coverage, and management turnover have been particularly severe. As is typical in such encounters, we compared notes on the state of the […]

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Mon, April 8 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

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 — 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 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