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APTN sharpens its investigative chops

From a tip about a former advisor in the PMO’s office to one of the juiciest political scandals of the year. David McKie talks with Paul Barnsley, executive producer of APTN Investigates about the Bruce Carson story. This Q&A is the first in a series of articles J-Source will feature as part of our new content-sharing agreement with Media Magazine.
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“Occasional screams reminded me of where I was”: Reuters journalist held in Syria

Reuters journalist Suleiman al-Khalidi, a Jordanian citizen, was arrested and held in Syria for four days nearly two months ago. Today, Reuters published a story by Al-Khalidi describing his experience at the “Mukhabarat”, his treatment by Syrian intelligence services — and the scenes of torture he witnessed.
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Live coverage from the Organization of News Ombudsmen 2011 Conference

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What happens when you put dozens of public editors from around the world into the same room? Plenty of fascinating discussion on ethics, lessons learned, and the changing media landscape. We joined the ombuds in Montreal and live-blogged the event.
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ASNE’s best practice guidelines for editors creating social news policies

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In case you missed it, or haven’t had a chance to read the full report yet, here are the top 10 takeaways from the recently released American Society of News Editors guide to crafting social media policies.
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Is content really king?

Yesterday, we told J-Source readers to go check out Ira Basen‘s new article in Maisonneuve about algorithms and content farms. Today, Basen shares his thoughts on the top farm, Demand Media, and a little bit more of his experiences working for them.

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Capturing Canada vote: CBC’s election night coverage

Director Steve Pennie captures CBC’s election coverage step-by-step, from the drop of the writ till the lights go out election night. 
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The little lies that photos can tell

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For all the fuss over presidential re-dos and digital fakery, Anne McNeilly writes that the tougher questions around truth in photojournalism are sometimes also the subtlest. 
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CAJ panel proposes ethics guidelines for digital age

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The 2002-vintage ethics code of the Canadian Association of Journalists
is certainly due for a revision—for one thing, it makes no mention of the
Internet. Now, a panel of the association’s ethics committee has produced a
draft revision for public comment. Panel chair Shauna Snow-Capparelli explains.

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“Aim for transparency”: CAJ releases guidelines for personal activity online

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Where is the line between the personal and the professional when journalists interact with social media?  In its latest report, released April 12, the Canadian Association of Journalists' ethics advisory committee presents guidelines to help journalists think through their Facebook profiles, their "following" choices, and what to "like" and "not like" online. Reporters should build "a social media profile that is both personable and professional" by trying to stay impartial on public issues, being transparent about identity and intentions, and monitoring digital associates with care. The report, was authored by University of King's College professor Tim Currie (chair), media lawyer Burt Bruser and Windsor Star business/news editor Ellen van Wageningen.
 

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When it comes to journos, what’s fair on Facebook?

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When the Toronto Star‘s new social media policy leaked, many journalists were tempted to brand it with a fail stamp. Not so fast, says Star public editor Kathy English. In her April 8th column English asks, “What’s fair on Facebook?” 
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