J-Links for May 23: The dark side of journalism, the Middle East lures journos and Facebook’s lawsuits


In Canadian media:

Digital Journal picked as one of top 20 startup Canadian companies

The global digital media network, Digital Journal was chosen by the C100 as one of the top 20 most promising startup companies in Canada. The C100 holds a biannual event called 48 Hours in the Valley, which offers 20 chosen Canadian companies a visit to Silicon Valley for a two-day event to help business development.


Canadian media executives to hold panel at Banff World Media Festival

Next month at the Banff World Media Festival, top Canadian media executives including CBC executive vice-president Kirstine Stewart will be featured in a panel discussion on topics like digitization, integration and the future of Canada’s media industry. The 33rd annual festival will be held on June 10-13 in Banff, Alta.


The Tyee delves into the ‘dark side’: one journo’s switch to working for the government

B.C. newspaper, The Tyee examines one journalist’s career move: switching from being a reporter for The Canadian Press to media relations manager for the B.C. Ministry of Education.


In international media:

Middle Eastern newspaper relief for journos during the decline of the paper industry

In the wake of layoffs, budget cuts and scarce jobs, many journalists from the U.S.’s most esteemed papers are heading to the United Arab Emirates to work for a paper called The National in Abu Dhabi. There are benefits and limitations to working for the paper: American journalists might struggle with the lack of press freedom but the payoff is high wages and job security.


Today’s read:

Facebook hit with lawsuits

After Facebook’s stocks fell from a $38 IPO price last week to $31 at yesterday’s close, Facebook’s chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg and several banks are facing shareholder class action lawsuits.



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