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Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at
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East African famine coverage examined

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On Feb. 3, the U.N. officially declared Somalia’s famine over, providing a moment for reflection on coverage of the East African/Somali drought. This week a J-Source post asked: Is African famine too boring to cover? It’s not the…

More headlines for Sun TV

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If Sun TV execs care about Canadian broadcasting standards, they might be relieved by a supportive CBSC ruling on the infamous Margie Gillis interview – although some argue the council didn’t apply the right code. The ruling follows the…

First-ever UNESCO community media chair named

AMARC – Prof. Vinod Pavarala, Dean, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad has been chosen to be the first ever UNESCO Chair on Community Media. The four-year appointmnent will serve as a knowledge and resource centre for the study and promotion of community media, including such things as community radio, participatory video, and other citizen-driven initiatives with media and communication technologies.

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Critiquing the Twitter-verse

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Social media has recently taken some journalistic heat. Chantal Hébert questioned Twitter’s value to political reporting at the annual Minifie Lecture, hosted by the University of Regina School of Journalism. Hébert argued that social media tools may effectively narrow…

Community Media and the Arab Spring Conference to be held in Tunis March 2012

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Press Release from AMARC: January 17, 2012. The Middle East and North Africa Community Media Working Group, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) the Community Media Network (CMN) in partnership with International Media Support (IMS), Oxfam Novib and EED SIDA, among others, organize the first international conference on Community Media and the Arab Spring, to be held in Hotel Majestic, Tunis, March 9-10, 2012. For registration and further information please visit here or contact AMARC at

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Out with a whimper: Canada’s election results ban

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The death of Canada’s election results ban was fittingly announced on Twitter on Jan. 13. The law – which prohibited the reporting of results across time zones – survived a mass tweet last election, but just barely. While media organizations…

Canadian coverage of the U.S. primaries and caucuses

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Having trouble getting excited about Romney versus Santorum? You’re likely not alone. Judging by these Globe and Mail comments, intense interest in the 2008 Clinton-Obama race has been replaced by a heaping of scorn on the U.S. political process…

Makin’ a list, checkin’ it twice

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Looking back on these top story predictions for 2011, there were some hits and misses. The year held some surprises, with Jack Layton topping’s list of most-viewed stories. The Huff Post is gathering tweets to determine the top…

Twitter and journalism

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Over in the Town Hall, people are talking about Twitter – a journalist’s best friend and worst enemy. A Guardian report looks at how false rumours spread on Twitter. Despite its ease of communications, there is no shortage…

Under-reported stories

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NewsWatch Canada has released its list of Canada’s top 25 under-reported stories for 2010-2011. The list, compiled by a group of 13 SFU graduate students in a media monitoring class, includes toxic BPA exposure, the effects of fracking and the…