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Globe and Mail to downsize by about 40 employees

Globe and Mail employees at a town hall meeting heard publisher Philip Crawley say he wants to cut the company-wide head count by about 40 through voluntary separation agreements. If 40 people didn’t step forward, layoffs were possible.

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Thu, September 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Globe and Mail to downsize by about 40 employees

Ottawa to help fund study of newspapers while withdrawing advertising

The federal government is studying the demise of newspapers while studying the issue of traditional newspaper decline.

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Thu, September 1 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Ottawa to help fund study of newspapers while withdrawing advertising

Yes, seniority is a fair way to decide who survives downsizings

The Toronto Star laid off 52 people last week, including 19 full-time unionized journalists. Personally, I think it’s fair if those with more seniority avoided the axe, in part because I haven’t seen much fairness in shops where seniority didn’t apply. The fact that seniority played into determining who got laid off and who stayed […]

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Mon, August 15 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Yes, seniority is a fair way to decide who survives downsizings

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