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Journalism’s Assange problem
5 days ago

Journalism’s Assange problem

By Kathy Kiely, University of Missouri-Columbia and Laurel Leff, Northeastern University

These days, anybody with an internet connection can be a publisher.

That doesn’t make everybody a journalist.

This distinction… Continue Reading Journalism’s Assange problem

Can a news media that doesn’t really oppose fascism ever cover it well?
2 weeks ago

Can a news media that doesn’t really oppose fascism ever cover it well?

Despite an endless cycle of missteps, call-outs and apologies, Canadian journalism has a terrible track record holding far-right groups to account – whether they’re in the streets or public office. Until there’s a much deeper reckoning, it’s unlikely to get any better
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What Justin Brake’s recent win means for press freedom in 2019
3 weeks ago

What Justin Brake’s recent win means for press freedom in 2019

Justin Brake, a former reporter for the Newfoundland news site The Independent, wasn’t the only winner when the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal cleared him of a civil charge… Continue Reading What Justin Brake’s recent win means for press freedom in 2019

Our faith in information is faltering when we most need facts
3 weeks ago

Our faith in information is faltering when we most need facts

We shouldn’t need a Super Bowl commercial costing around $10 million to remind us that information is supposed to matter in a democracy.

Yet the Washington Post thought we did,… Continue Reading Our faith in information is faltering when we most need facts

Tilting the playing field
4 weeks ago

Tilting the playing field

The government capitulated to the demands of traditional publishers with its financial package of “support for Canadian journalism.”

If you missed the news, it’s probably because after months—make that years—of… Continue Reading Tilting the playing field

Government funding for journalism: To what end?
1 month ago

Government funding for journalism: To what end?

The federal budget has finally answered some of the questions about the Liberal government’s plans to subsidize the news business, which were first floated late last year. But the details… Continue Reading Government funding for journalism: To what end?

As Ottawa helps the news industry, latest research suggests journalists’ loyalties are tough to buy
1 month ago

As Ottawa helps the news industry, latest research suggests journalists’ loyalties are tough to buy

By Heather Rollwagen, Ryerson University and Ivor Shapiro, Ryerson University

Ottawa has finally announced the details of how it will offer financial assistance to the country’s struggling news media industry… Continue Reading As Ottawa helps the news industry, latest research suggests journalists’ loyalties are tough to buy