StarTouch, the tablet-based app, is one of the biggest bets a news organization has placed in recent years, hasn’t worked out so well for the Toronto Star. And that’s why outgoing TorStar CEO David Holland says his successor will have to devote heavy thought to its future.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 papilloma 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“):
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.
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 […]