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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¬†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“):

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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

‘No more waffling, big Canadian media’

Craig Silverman wrote an interesting blog post in which he lauds some major Canadian media players for getting off the fence and picking a strategic direction.

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Fri, August 1 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘No more waffling, big Canadian media’

Print advertising weakness continues at Toronto Star

Despite continuing weakness in revenue from its print operations, Torstar Corp. managed to boost its second-quarter profit.

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Wed, July 30 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Print advertising weakness continues at Toronto Star

‘Toronto Star’ reporter accepts apology from ZoomerMedia too

Daniel Dale, the Toronto Star reporter who withdrew a libel suit against Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford after receiving a formal apology, has now done the same against ZoomerMedia, which owns Vision TV.

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Thu, December 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Mayor Ford’s formal apology accepted by ‘Toronto Star’ reporter

Reporter Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star tweeted that he accepts a second, more formal apology from Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford, in which Ford basically admits everything he told a TV show hosted by Conrad Black about Dale was a lie. This means Dale will not pursue his lawsuit against Ford, although action may yet […]

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Wed, December 18 2013 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

‘Toronto Star’ reporter to sue Mayor Ford over interview remarks

Daniel Dale, deputy city hall bureau chief for the Toronto Star, had notices served Thursday on Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford and Vision TV. If they don’t apologize, he intends to sue them for libel for remarks broadcast Monday in an interview between Ford and Conrad Black.

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Thu, December 12 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Toronto Star’ reporter to sue Mayor Ford over interview remarks

Rounding up the cuts in Canada’s news industry

Figures compiled by the Canadian Media Guild show losses of about 10,000 jobs across Canada (and job categories) in the past five years, reports Jan Wong, a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., in J-Source.

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Tue, November 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Rounding up the cuts in Canada’s news industry