Apr 07, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

According to the latest Statistics Canada data, there has been no growth in the ranks of Canadian journalists over the past two decades, but the demand for PR practitioners continues to grow. Future of news editor Ira Basen delves into the numbers that show the ratio of PR professionals to journalists has reached an all-time high. 

Apr 04, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Henry Blodget recently wrote that journalism has entered a golden age. Paul Benedetti and James R. Compton argue against the notion, calling it a baseless and insidious idea that masks the colonization of a once proudly skeptical profession with promotional hucksterism and reinforces a false notion that all is well.

Oct 16, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

What about the old notion of journalism’s purpose being “to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted”? The Globe and Mail today seems more interested in reflecting and reinforcing the assumptions of its tribe—those with household incomes of $125,000—than in challenging them.

Oct 15, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

With the power to publish now in the palms of million of hands, what does it mean for the relationship between journalists and the brands whose news they once had a near-monopoly on distribution? And with more brands taking advantage of this fact and moving to tell their own stories and establish their brands as go-to sources of information, what does this mean for news organizations? This week's Scribble Chat with J-Source Future of News editor Ira Basen will look at this relationship, how it has changed in recent years, and how, on a more micro level, journalists have moved into branded content creation roles and why. Oct. 15 from 12–1 p.m. ET.

Oct 10, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, will give a talk at Carleton University titled: "So you want to know the future of news? Ask the Audience." Rosenstiel is co-author of The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect and the newly-released The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century. He is a renowned author, journalist,researcher and media critic. Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

Sep 23, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

There’s no question that the disruptive effect of the web is felt by the media industry. As we continue hearing declarations such as ‘the writing’s on the wall’ and ‘companies are going over the cliff’, news outlets are working hard to adapt to change. In this Social Media Week Toronto panel Sept. 24 at 10 a.m., three of the most innovative minds in Canadian media talk about how their organizations are getting in front of this massive wave of change.

Sep 11, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Despite the state of the journalism industry with layoffs, buyouts and dwindling ad sales, there is still hope for finding work after graduation. J-Source speaks with three journalism grads who applied the skills they learned in j-school to non-traditional jobs, along with one journo who made the switch from working in print to the emerging area of analytics. 

Aug 16, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Canadian newspapers lead the world in charging for online news, moving to digital subscriptions much faster than papers in the United States or Europe. By the end of this year, English readers in most major Canadian cities will have to pay to read their local papers online.

Aug 08, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Sun News Network was denied an application for mandatory carriage by the CRTC. But the network might consider pulling the plug on its news talk channel as the CRTC has initiated a review of the way news channels are regulated and could eventually mandate that all national news channels have a spot on the dial.

Jun 05, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Lynda Powless launched Turtle Island News in the basement of her home on Six Nations Reserve 19 years, using her last paycheque from CBC to pay for its printing. Since then, the native weekly newspaper has grown to become a leader on reporting aboriginal news. Turtle Island News is nominated for a Canadian Journalism Foundation Award for Excellence in the Small-media category, to be awarded June 13. J-Source sat down for a Q&A with Powless.

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The Future of News

Ira BAsenIn a world where billions of people now have the ability to distribute pictures, videos and stories instantaneously around the world, questions about what is journalism and who is a journalist have never been more relevant, and the answers never more elusive. This section will explore the future of journalism in an age of social media. Ira Basen is a journalist, author and educator. He teaches at Ryerson University.