Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The financial woes of Torstar aren’t getting better

Reporter James Bradshaw wrote a lengthy feature on the woes of Torstar, which owns the Toronto Star. Among the highlights: Torstar lacks a CEO, it has an outside investor circling around and it’s struggling to move from print to pixels. I’ll excerpt a few points on the underperformance of StarTouch and the failure of the […]

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Sat, January 21 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The financial woes of Torstar aren’t getting better

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

The Star’s correction of the year

Out of 870 published corrections in 2015 (496 were for online stories), Toronto Star public editor Kathy English picked one as being the correction of the year.

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Sat, January 2 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The Star’s correction of the year

Wanna play editor?

Toronto Star public editor Kathy English has produced a quiz (“You be the editor“) that will allow you to test your editing instincts against hers. You have until Jan. 4 to respond. There are 18 questions that actually draw from real-life Star scenarios.

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Wed, December 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Wanna play editor?

Toronto Star reporter quits after being banned from reporting on story

This doesn’t happen every day. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, announced he had resigned from the Toronto Star over a “do-not-report” order he had been given by his editors.

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Wed, July 8 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Star reporter quits after being banned from reporting on story

Toronto Star ‘unpublishes’ controversial vaccine story

The Toronto Star has taken the rare but probably necessary step of “unpublishing” its controversial and disputed story on Gardasil, the vaccine for the human┬ápapilloma virus (HPV), from its website. Publisher John Cruickshank announced the move late Friday on Twitter and in the Saturday Star. He concluded (in “A note from the publisher“):

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Sat, February 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Star ‘unpublishes’ controversial vaccine story

Toronto Star public editor says HPV vaccine story should not have been published

In one of her toughest critiques of a Toronto Star story ever, public editor Kathy English said an investigative piece that warned of possible dangerous side effects to young women innoculated with the Gardasil HPV vaccine should never have been published.

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Sat, February 14 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Star public editor says HPV vaccine story should not have been published

A look back at the 1930s ‘Toronto Star’ newsroom

David Halton, an acclaimed CBC journalist in his own right, has written a book about his father Matthew Halton’s career. It included a stint at the Toronto Star starting in 1931. A hint from the subhead: “The Toronto Star newsroom of the early 1930s earned its legendary status as a rough, tough, sharp-elbowed den of […]

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Fri, January 2 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A look back at the 1930s ‘Toronto Star’ newsroom

‘Toronto Star’ public editor wouldn’t have posted the Foley video

Kathy English, the Toronto Star‘s public editor, admits she’s more squeamish than Michael Cooke, the paper’s editor, when it comes to things such as posting the video leading up to the murder of U.S. journalist James Foley. She wouldn’t have posted the Islamic State-made video at all. I’m on her side in this one.

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Fri, August 22 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Toronto Star’ public editor wouldn’t have posted the Foley video