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2010 in pictures by the New York Times

2010 in pictures by the New York Times

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Some amazing photographic work in this slideshow by the New York  Times of some of  its best pictures of 2010. Some truly powerful pictorial statements.
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Norman Spector’s column pulled

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Globe and Mail columnist Norman Spector takes a swipe at major media in his blog with a posting about his G&M column on Stephen and Laureen Harper being pulled from the website.

An excerpt: “For my part, after considering these and a couple of other suggestions forwarded to me privately, I’m still of the opinion that the deleted piece best explains why the prime minister and his staff decided to have Ms Harper join the CTV year-ender in the last segment.”
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Maclean’s subsidy questioned after “Too Asian?” headline

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After Maclean’s magazine’s headline “Too Asian?” on an article about Canadian universities provoked a public uproar, Senator Vivienne Poy wrote to Heritage Minister James Moore this month suggesting the government should take away the magazine’s $1.5-million annual subsidy.

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Journalistes héros romanesques

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Les médias québécois qui ont marqué les esprits cette année sont ceux qui ont consacré des ressources à l'enquête journalistique. Tout au long de l'année, vous avez suivi les enquêteurs de La Presse et Radio-Canada dans les méandres de l'industrie de la construction vous croyant parfois en pleine fiction? Vous n'êtes pas seuls. Les journalistes ont en effet inspiré de nombreux romanciers et cinéastes.

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Idée – Les dangers des politiques de communications

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Ainsi, la ville de Caraquet modifie sa politique de communication avec les médias. Les journalistes pourront aborder plus d’un sujet lors d’une rencontre avec le maire ou les autorités municipales.

Il s’agit d’une bien mince victoire pour les journalistes qui couvrent la scène municipale. Après tout, un rempart persiste toujours entre les politiciens et les journalistes : ils devront toujours passer par la secrétaire municipale adjointe pour obtenir une entrevue. Le maire de Caraquet, Antoine Landry, a quand même promis une certaine ouverture en étant moins restrictif.

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Matthew Besner: The Gazette sensationnaliste?

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Le quotidien The
Gazette
a diffusé hier sur Internet une vidéo montrant des
policiers entourant le corps de Matthew Besner, ce jeune homme
retrouvé mort hier matin sur la berge du canal Lachine. Tournée
d’assez loin, la vidéo permet de voir les enquêteurs retourner le
cadavre. Il n’est pas encore recouvert d’un linge orange comme sur
les photos qui ont été diffusées par plusieurs médias.

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Peace Meals: A Book Review

Peace Meals by Anna BadkhenIn Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories, correspondent Anna Badkhen writes about conflict and food, and how sharing a meal in “the most forlorn and violent places on earth” can be a reassertion of life itself. A review by Claude Adams.
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RWB to mirror WikiLeaks

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Reporters Without Borders announced today it will help out WikiLeaks in its attempt to stay online:

“This is a gesture of support for WikiLeaks’ right to publish information without being obstructed,” it said in a report.
“We
defend the free flow of information on the internet and the protection
of sources, without which investigative journalism cannot exist.”
The report notes this arrangement will be continually assessed.

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Déontologie: Patrick Lagacé marche sur un fil

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Le journaliste de La Presse, Patrick Lagacé, vient d'être blanchi par le Conseil de presse du Québec (CPQ) qui a rejeté une plainte le concernant. Le plaignant jugeait qu'il avait fait usage de propos injurieux et porté atteinte à la dignité du cardinal Ouellet en écrivant «Le cardinal Ouellet va mourir, un jour. J’espère qu’il mourra d’une longue et pénible maladie», dans une chronique parue en mai dernier.

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2010 tally: what went wrong, what went right

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2010 began with journalists hitting the ground in Haiti, and ended with an unfolding WikiLeaks circus – with a whole lot of media ownership horse-trading in between. Globally, journalism remained under threat, with journalists dying in record numbers. Canada suffered its own nasty bouts of media repression at the G20 Summit and the Olympics. At the Olympics, the scribes themselves suffered some notable ethical lapses. On the alternative media front, the CRTC badly fumbled a community media policy. And in 2010 we encountered muddy ground in the long-awaited McIntosh decision and a “watery” conclusion to the cable provider debate.   

But a lot went right in 2010. Despite stepped-up repression, Iranian journalists remained bloodied but unbowed. The Canadian launch of Al Jazeera English brought renewed hope for the fading international beat. In the Canadian courts, the responsible journalism defence successfully passed its first test. As ever, journalists refused to be quiet. The Canadian Association of Journalists took a stand in the census debate, while the Canadian Press brought extreme federal message management to public attention, revealing the ‘Message Event Proposal’ form. In the workplace, we heard CBC journalists humming ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.’  Meanwhile journalism education continued to evolve and grow in Canada, ensuring a fresh crop of eager journos come the spring. The profession survived the usual knocks and is still standing. All the best in 2011. 
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