MédiaMatinQuébec fait couler de l’encre

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MédiaMatinQuébec, le quotidien gratuit des employés en lock-out du Journal de Québec, intéresse de plus en plus les annonceurs. Certains choisissent même de retirer leur publicité du Journal de Québec pour miser plutôt sur le MédiaMatinQuébec, comme l’explique Claude Brunet.

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Plus payant de remplacer Homier-Roy que Derome!

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Hugo Dumas, La Presse

Jouons à un petit jeu: quel employé-vedette est-il le plus payant de
remplacer dans la grande tour de Radio-Canada? Réponse: René
Homier-Roy, suivi, dans une égalité à quatre, par Bernard Derome,
Céline Galipeau, Michel Désautels et Simon Durivage.
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10 New Citizen media ideas

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While this is a bit old, it is relevant. The Institute for Interactive Journalism announced funding for 10 New Citizen Media ideas under its New Voices grant. These news sites are doing hyper-local coverage produced for the Internet. The idea is to use digital media to enrich communities, create public discourse and impact democracy. It sound ambitious, but it is another example of the aggressive, energetic approach to citizen journalism going on in the United States. It is also noteworthy that the focus is on highly localized stories, moving away from the national and international focus. Considering how much of Canada lies outside of major urban centres, this kind of financial support for local news is worth reviewing.
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Knight Citizen News Network

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The infamous J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism, has joined with the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland to create the Knight Citizen News Network. This web site is dedicated to help traditional journalists and ordinary citizens create their own community news and information sites. It contains resources, learning modules, research and CitMedia sites or Citizen Media Sites. There is a whopping 450 citizen media sites across the United States. For those interested in citizen journalism or community-based news project, it is fascinating.
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Creating Communities

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Covering Communities is an interesting web site being run by a non-profit organization and a school of journalism as a way to promote journalism focusing on communities. The Hardwood Institute for Public Innovation and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications are working together to broaden the understanding of journalists as it pertains to how communities work. The project is being funded by the Knight Foundation. There is a section on key insights, training, blogs, tools and a library. There is even a page called Ideas in Action highlighting various journalists’ work that is worth looking at, if interested.
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Media responsibility for 2000 U.S. presidential results

“Al Gore couldn’t believe his eyes: as the 2000 election heated up, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other top news outlets kept going after him, with misquotes ….while pundits such as Maureen Dowd appeared to be charmed by his rival, George W. Bush,” writes Evgenia Peretz in a Vanity Fair piece that looks at the media’s treatment of Gore in the U.S. 2000 election and, apparently for the first time, gets Gore and his family to talk about the effect of the press attacks on his campaign.

Peretz makes good points in her argument that the U.S. media was (no doubt still is) obsessed with “simple, character-driven narratives that would sell papers and get ratings” — but I think she lets the audience of media off the hook. Somebody, after all, buys all that junk food for the mind, while intelligent, deeply analytical media attracts far fewer readers/watchers. The problem is not merely with the news media, imo, it’s with civic engagement.
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“On many days the newsprint front page tastes of already chewed gum,” says Jack Shafer, in a Slate column reflecting on how his news consumption has shifted to the Internet.

It’s an icky comparison but many of us will recognize the reality that print is already old when it rolls off the press. It’s also “icky” because nobody has really figured out how to make a living off excellent journalism on the Internet.

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L’expérience MédiaMatinQuébec

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Sylvio Le Blanc, Montréal

J’espère que des étudiants en journalisme seront bientôt à pied d’oeuvre, car il serait intéressant de comparer la production des journalistes du Journal de Québec (qui appartient au géant Quebecor) à celle des mêmes, en lock-out depuis avril, de MédiaMatinQuébec.

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Radio-Canada engage le juge Gomery

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Richard Therrien, Le Soleil

Deux points ressortent du lancement d’automne du service de l’information de Radio-Canada et de RDI d’hier: on multiplie les débats, et on augmente la présence de l’actualité internationale à l’antenne. Le directeur général de l’information, Alain Saulnier, veut diversifier le contenu. « Pendant que les autres médias enfoncent toujours le même clou, ici, on veut de la variété », lance-t-il.

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War coverage

Canadian media have consistently given priority to covering the deaths of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan; today’s Globe and Mail top-front page piece about the death of Simon Longtin of the Vandoos is an example.

In the U.S., however, a weariness with carnage seems to have set in, and there’s apparently lessening appetite in the media for the slaughterhouse that Iraq has become: “News coverage of the Iraq war fell sharply in the second quarter of the year, as the news media paid increased attention to the presidential campaign and the immigration debate, according to a detailed analysis to be released today,” said a New York Times report.

The story was based on the quarterly research report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the PEJ News Coverage Index. That study, which emphasizes U.S. media from a U.S. perspective, can be found here.
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