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Newsana co-founder calls the platform ‘the meaningful news movement’

Newsana bills itself as a way of elevating the public's conversation around news, whether it is politics, sports, entertainment, technology or whatever interests people. Ben Peterson, CEO of Newsana and Will Koblensky, a Newsana community intern, provide an inside view of what this unique project is about and how this Toronto-based project fits into the myriad of community-driven news sites.

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Recalling missed opportunities during early days of newspapers online

With new and emerging technology being updated constantly, it is hard to remember what it was like when the internet invaded Canadian newsrooms around 20 years ago. David Cadogan remembers. His reflections during those pioneering days are captured in this personal essay.

As a lifelong newspaper man, he owned several award-winning papers in the Miramachi area. He holds an honourary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from the University of Kings College in Halifax. In 2003, he sold his newspaper publishing and printing company to Brunswick News Inc. Community Newspaper Group. He witnessed many changes in the industry from the time he started at his father's community newspaper in Durham, Ontario, at the age of eight until he retired. This snapshot gives us a few recollections at a key time.

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French investigative news site unique

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While many newspapers face a fiscal crisis, Mediapart is making money as a hardhitting, investigative publication online. It is earning a reputation for holding French politicians and government accountable, while generating revenue from a subscriber-only revenue model. Freelance reporter Pierre Chauvin gives a snapshot of this rising journalism star in Europe.

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New model for news launched

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BestStory.ca has launched with its new model for journalists and audiences after more than three years of planning. Find out more about this new service.

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Journalism conference offers bright moments for news industry in transition

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The Journalism Strategies Conference at McGill in Montreal was full of interesting critiques, insights and thoughtful discussion. Professor Robert Washburn provides a summary blog on a few impressions from this past weekend where academics, journalists and students examined journalism and its role in democracy now and in the future.

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Newsroom innovation increases pressure to create higher quality journalism

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As newsrooms become more innovative in engaging audiences, especially using new and emerging technologies, the result may be higher quality journalism, despite the predictions of doomsayers. E-journalism Professor Robert Washburn suggests the movement towards more transparency by journalists and newsrooms might lead to more competition and better journalism.

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Live blogs offer alternative to Twitter during Stafford trial coverage

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Newsrooms are using live blog technology as a gatekeeping tool for coverage during the Tori Stafford murder trial currently underway in London, Ontario. As journalists and editors grapple with efforts to provide real-time coverage of high profile cases, Twitter alone is problematic, as Toronto Star Public Editor Kathy English pointed out recently. Professor Robert Washburn argues live blogs may be the innovative tool needed to get the job done.

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Algonquin College experiments with new funding model for news

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Algonquin College Professor Joe Banks explains how the college is operating an innovative project to fund news stories in Canada. GoJournalism.ca is a Canadian version of Spot.us, a crowdfunding model for financing journalism. He provides insightful comments after nearly 18 months of operation.

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Algonquin College experiments with new funding model for news

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Algonquin College Professor Joe Banks explains how the college is operating an innovative project to fund news stories in Canada. GoJournalism.ca is a Canadian version of Spot.us, a crowdfunding model for financing journalism. He provides insightful comments after nearly 18 months of operation.

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Time to give up on newspapers, says MacPhail

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After years of trying to convince Canadian newspapers to embrace the future, Wayne MacPhail says he has had enough. With the launch of Open Journalism at the Guardian and other innovations, newspapers fail to understand the changing landscape of journalism. He makes his case with humour and sadness.

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