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About Patricia Elliott

Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at patriciaelliott.ca.
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Ellingsen met with journalists, jury hears

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Vancouver 24 Hours reports the Crown’s key witness said she secretly met with journalists while
the Pickton murder trial was in full swing. It happened just weeks
before she took the stand, and about a month-and-a-half after she
allegedly threatened her RCMP handlers that she would take her story to the media.

Lynn Ellingsen said she met with a man named Bilbo, and “a guy named Jon. Jon Woodward”; in May, in her motel room.

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Love’s labour lost?: Working for a sustainable alternative press

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In Briarpatch’s June 2007 media issue Nicole Cohen writes:  “I don’t recall the exact moment I became skeptical of the term labour of love, but I do remember the day it began feeling like an inappropriate descriptor for Shameless, the independent, feminist magazine for teens I co-founded in 2003 and edited until recently.” A look at the challenges of keeping an alternative media project afloat.

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Community radio and the frequency of struggle

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Appreciating the importance of, and opportunities for, community radio in Canada requires an understanding of the trends shaping media more generally — particularly the epidemic of consolidation that has swept the industry over the past decade. This article by Sharmeen Khan appeared in Briarpatch’s special issue on the media, June 2007.
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Make Media, Make Real Trouble: What’s Wrong (and Right) with Indymedia

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This article by Jennifer Whitney appeared in LiP magazine’s Summer 2005 “Constructively Negative” Sacred Cows issue. Despite the critical tone of this piece, it is ultimately a call for a better Indymedia, with higher journalistic standards.

For those who would prefer to first read about the Indymedia Centers the author believes are exemplary, just click here

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Print not dead yet

Rumours that the next generation won’t read print have been greatly exaggerated, says new research from US-based McPheters & Co. The overall consensus of their report is that the younger generation (ages 19-34) is reading more than the older generation (ages 35+). But, curiously, circulation is down. 
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Typophiles weigh in

Typophile.com has a lively discussion going on about the new Globe and Mail. Join the discussion here.
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Virginia student press leads way

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The Collegiate Times – the student newspaper at Virginina Tech – has been providing multimedia/interactive media throughout the shooting crisis, employing an online blog-style approach that contains up-to-the-minute information sharing, as well as reader videos, photos and reports. Students appear to be participating in the Collegiate’s coverage rather than protesting against it, in marked contrast to the anti-media backlash aimed at other media outlets.

Students gathered at Holden Hall during the massacre.
Photo by William Chase Damiano/GNU Free Documentation License

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Privacy laws could jeopardize iconic photos in future

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The iconic photographs that help define history could be under threat from a new British privacy law, a media lawyer warns. Full report.

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