A tip of the hat

A tip of the hat

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This week’s Big Issue gives a
tip of the hat to outgoing J-Source editor-in-chief Ivor Shapiro, who handed
over the EIC reins to Janice
on Dec. 10.
“I won’t pretend to be
slipping away from the EIC’s chair without feeling a bit bereft of the child
that was born and raised under my care,” Ivor admits in this recent Ideas post.

On April 16, 2007 the Canadian
Journalism Foundation officially
J-Source. But long before the launch, Ivor had to conceptualize
the project, round up editors and technicians, and keep everyone excited and on

Combing the site
archives, it seems the first article (after the thought-provoking ‘Sample
Article’ by ‘Site Administrator’) was an August 2006 update on Juliet O’Neil’s
court case
. Four days after going public, the April
20, 2007 home page
  captured on’s Way Back Machine
– carried stories on climate change, the Virginia  Tech shootings and Maher Arar.

Today J-Source is followed by news hounds across the land in English and
French, on the Web, Twitter and Facebook. At the helm, Ivor could always be
counted on to ask the right questions, like ‘Where’s that pesky
free-speech line?
’ and ‘How’d we do this

Ivor will continue to be
part of J-Source’s future. He’s taken over the Ethics Page
where, c
ontrary to the old saw, journalism
ethics has never been an oxymoron. He also maintains a well-stocked Researching Journalism
page. Thanks, Ivor, and welcome, Janice!

PS. David Kelly, contact J-Source to collect your prize
for filling in the censored blanks:

“We met this morning with Gumby for a session of Twister.”



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L’état de la nouvelle

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Comme chaque année, depuis cinq ans, Influence communication vient de publier son bilan annuel de l’actualité. Cette revue médiatique est très prisée… des médias.
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Yappy colleagues, translator loses it on air

The title of this youtube  video says it all: “CBC Translator Loses It.”

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Amanda Lindhout gives thanks

Maybe Amanda Lindhout really is not a journalist, as some critics have recently charged. Her first statement since being freed from her Somali kidnappers and arriving back home in Canada reveals that she is not nearly cynical, jaded or miserable …
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Communications partisanes

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La question de la relation entre les médias, la population et le gouvernement
Harper refait surface dans les médias. Après les pancartes sur les chantiers de
construction, les chèques émis pour des travaux d’infrastructures, les nombreux
dépliants envoyés à la population, tout cela au nom du Parti Conservateur, voilà
que du matériel d’information, des prises de son, des vidéos et des
photographies ont été envoyés aux journalistes, apprend-on dans un article du
journal Le Devoir, publié le 10 décembre.
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La presse écrite victime de plagiat par Google et Yahoo!

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La semaine dernière, l’Agence France-Presse (AFP) publiait une nouvelle à l’effet que des sites internet reprennaient, parfois intégralement, des articles rédigés par la presse écrite.
Selon une étude américaine commandée par le Fair syndication consortium
(regroupant 1500 médias, sous la propriété d’Attributor), environ 75 000 cas ont été rapportés sur une période d’un mois, comprise entre le 15 octobre et le 15 novembre 2009. L’information émise par les fils de presse a donc été largement reprise et plagiée, une pratique bien évidemment illégale.

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Six things all j-students need

Leigh FeleskyI wonder, writes Ryerson University online journalism instructor Leigh Felesky, what students are being told “journalism” is these days. Felesky lays out six skill areas that j-schools should focus on in these changing times.
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Exclusivity of media coverage

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Jody White’s account of being asked to leave Al Gore’s speech, to clear the field for the event’s media partner The Toronto Star, reminded me of two recent related incidents….
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An un-redacted challenge

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minister Peter MacKay is leading The Current’s ‘Ministerial Refusals’
tally. McKay has turned down four interview requests this season, and has
accepted zero.

journalists are left to decipher documents with enough blacked
out lines
to make a KGB agent blush. At least we’re in good company – the
House of Commons Special Committee fared
no better in obtaining uncensored documents
. Perhaps this is why Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté’s space trip generated at least
23 times more international news coverage
than the Canadian mission in

See how
well you do, young code-breaker:  here
are the
130 redacted pages
, posted by blogger Mike

And here’s our challenge riddle (from page 47): “We met this
morning with ____ for a session of _____.”  Osama Bin Laden for a session of crokinole? Use
the comment area to fill in the blanks (You’ll need to first click on the title of this post, if you are reading this on the home page).

Best answer gets a prize!


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Do what I say, not what I did

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Cliff LonsdaleCliff Lonsdale hitchhiked at 16 into an African war zone to kick-start his journalistic career. Here he reviews the Amanda Lindhout debate and explains what he tells young journalists these days.

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