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Bail out the journalists, not their bosses
6 days ago

Bail out the journalists, not their bosses

Rather than bolstering the corporations that have decimated Canada’s media ecosystem, the federal tax incentive package should be used to fund journalists’ work
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Toronto Star public editor: Filipino journalist Maria Ressa’s powerful defence of truth is truly inspiring
6 days ago

Toronto Star public editor: Filipino journalist Maria Ressa’s powerful defence of truth is truly inspiring

When Maria Ressa learned, via Twitter, that she was among the group of journalists Time magazine recognized as “Person of the Year” — “Guardians” in the “war on truth” — her immediate thought was sobering, indeed.
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The missing fact-checker: Merchants of Truth’s Achilles heel
2 weeks ago

The missing fact-checker: Merchants of Truth’s Achilles heel

Why the controversy surrounding Jill Abramson’s newly released book puts the spotlight squarely on the valuable research department
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How analyzing patterns helps students spot deceptive media
2 weeks ago

How analyzing patterns helps students spot deceptive media

With the current pervasive use of online media for personal and academic reasons, it’s necessary for students to have skills to confidently filter and decipher what they’re reading.
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Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media
2 weeks ago

Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media

Maite Taboada, Simon Fraser University and Fatemeh Torabi Asr, Simon Fraser University

“I believe that all voices are equal and deserving of equal respect.” That’s what Siri responds when asked… Continue Reading Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media

Toronto Star Public Editor: Lessons from the eye of a global media storm
3 weeks ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Lessons from the eye of a global media storm

Living in the eye of a global media storm of coverage of an alleged serial killer for the past year, Karen Fraser has learned more than she ever could have imagined about today’s journalists and how they work.
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How journalists can rebut Trump’s ‘fake news’ claim
3 weeks ago

How journalists can rebut Trump’s ‘fake news’ claim

“Solutions journalism” aims to give more prominence to solution-oriented narratives. It reports on responses to social problems by moving the solutions out of the footnotes.
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The new partisan press
3 weeks ago

The new partisan press

We have entered an electronic era of hyperpartisan political information.
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CBC Ombudsperson: How much detail is enough?
4 weeks ago

CBC Ombudsperson: How much detail is enough?

The complainant, Robert Muir, says there were flaws in an article CBC Toronto published in the aftermath of flooding the city experienced last summer. He felt the article left readers… Continue Reading CBC Ombudsperson: How much detail is enough?

A case study in nondisclosures
1 month ago

A case study in nondisclosures

(Disclosure: I’m the full-time paid publisher of Briarpatch Magazine, a volunteer board member of the Media Co-op, CEO of the currently inactive environmental consulting company Porpoise B Consulting, and freelance… Continue Reading A case study in nondisclosures