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New Brunswick’s amateur journalist

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Charles LeBlanc fights for bloggers to share press privilegesand rights. Vanessa Green, writing in the King’s Journalism Review, explores how the Internet is changing the definition of journalist.
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Reporters off hook for shielding steriod-use source

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Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters have been cleared of contempt of court for refusing to name a source who leaked secret grand jury testimony about steroid use by major league baseball players. The reporters still refuse to identify their source but a lawyer faces fines or jail after admitting he allowed the journalists to take notes of the grand jury transcripts. See the March 2, 2007 Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press posting for details.
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Criminal Code publication bans

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The Criminal Code of Canada bans the publication or broadcast of certain information as a criminal case proceeds through the courts, including the identities of some witnesses and pre-trial evidence that could taint a jury. Roger McConchie, who practices media law in Vancouver, has assembled a list of the relevant provisions.
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The perils of anonymous sources

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In the wake of the Maher Arar case, Toronto Star columnist Kelly Toughill looks at the pitfalls reporters and editors face when using anonymous sources. Respected news outlets printed false allegations about Arar gleaned from anonymous sources. There have been calls for journalists to “out” anonymous sources who mislead themand the public, but Toughill argues this would cause more harm than good.
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The long arms of the law

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A recent British libel ruling could change things for media outlets and the people who sue them – and not just over there. Canadian journalist and their legal advisors are taking a close look at a House of Lords ruling that shields “responsible journalism” from lawsuits. Joe Rayment of the Ryerson Journalism Review investigates.
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Priest can be named at Cornwall inquiry

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An Ontario Court of Appeal judge has refused to ban publication of the identity of a priest, acquitted of sexual abuse, when he’s named at a public inquiry examining how authorities responded to widespread allegations of child sexual abuse in Cornwall, Ont. In his Jan. 16, 2007 ruling, Justice Robert Sharpe said openness is needed to fulfil the inquiry’s mandate to “help heal a community long-troubled by allegations of conspiracy, secrecy and cover-up.” Read the Canadian Press report.

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Journalists off hook if ban breached

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Journalists who inadvertently violate a publication ban imposed on a court case have not committed a crime, Ontario’s top court says in a January 2007 ruling. Media outlets are ultimately responsible for what gets published and only their bosses can be prosecuted. But Toronto media lawyer Lorne Honickman warns that reporters broadcasting live from the courthouse or posting directly to online blogs can still be charged with violating a ban. By Dean Jobb.
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Federal shield law eyed for U.S. journalists

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American reporters face an increasing threat of being subpoenaed to testify in federal court. Congress has tried to remedy the problem by proposing reporter’s-privilege legislation, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2006. Alicia Armbruster of Vanderbilt University’s First Amendment Center interviewed 11 media law experts to gauge how well the proposed law would protect reporters who protect their sources. Read her February 2007 report.
The First Amendment Center has compiled a state-by-state review of the shield laws already in force in many states.
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Blogs make mockery of publication bans

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The judge handling Robert William Pickton’s murder trial has issued rulings on what journalists can and can’t report, such as the names of undercover police officers and evidence discussed when the jury is not in the courtroom. But these routine publication bans are leading to silliness in the coverage, now that blogs allow anyone with Internet access to be a reporter, David Reevely of the Ottawa Citizen‘s editorial board argues in this January 29, 2007 commentary.

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Bourses étudiantes

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Bourse des anciens étudiants en journalisme

Cette bourse est offerte à l’appui de l’engagement de l’université envers la promotion sociale [et est] réservée aux Autochtones canadiens et aux Afro-canadiens seulement à leur première année d’études au programme de baccalauréat en journalisme.


Bourse d’étude commémorative Gillis Purcell

[Cette bourse à pour objectif de] promouvoir les études en journalisme auprès d’étudiantes et d’étudiants autochtones afin de faciliter leur intégration dans le journalisme au Canada.


Bourse en journalisme spécialisé en développement international (CRDI)

Depuis 1983, le CRDI accorde des bourses pour la réalisation de stages en journalisme international au Gemini News Service à Londres, en Angleterre, et à l’Agence Periscoop à Montpellier, en France. En 2002, le CRDI a rapatrié ses bourses de journalisme et les a rattachées à cinq établissements du Canada, soit l’université Carleton, Concordia, Western Ontario, Laval et l’université de la Colombie-Britannique.

Bourse Fernand-Seguin
La Bourse Fernand-Seguin, organisée par l’Association des communicateurs scientifiques, est le plus prestigieux concours de journalisme scientifique destiné aux jeunes de moins de 30 ans.

Bourses journalisme et développement
L’Agence canadienne de développement international (ACDI), par l’intermédiaire de l’Initiative Journalisme et développement (IJD) […] accorde des bourses aux étudiants inscrits à un programme de journalisme dans une université ou un collège canadiens reconnus.

Prix Lizette-Gervais
Le prix, créé par des amis et des collègues communicateurs et journalistes, est attribué au printemps de chaque année. Les deux lauréats reçoivent une bourse de 1500$ chacun et font un stage rémunéré de quatre semaines en milieu professionnel…

*Consultez le site web de la Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ) pour en savoir plus sur les bourses allouées aux praticiens.

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