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A case study in nondisclosures
1 day 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

When not to publish graphic images
1 month ago

When not to publish graphic images

I regularly advocate for journalists to tell stories they see as newsworthy in the manner they see fit, because a key element of the journalistic skill set is the ability… Continue Reading When not to publish graphic images

Nonprofit news: Lessons from south of the border
2 months ago

Nonprofit news: Lessons from south of the border

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

When many of my former colleagues at the Guelph Mercury were laid off… Continue Reading Nonprofit news: Lessons from south of the border

How ‘fake news’ came to Winnipeg 100 years ago
2 months ago

How ‘fake news’ came to Winnipeg 100 years ago

This article was originally published by the Winnipeg Free Press and appears here with the editor’s permission.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 1918 — 100 years ago today — was a pleasant… Continue Reading How ‘fake news’ came to Winnipeg 100 years ago

Building trust at the local level
2 months ago

Building trust at the local level

Community reporters have the opportunity to connect directly with their audiences. But are they earning reader confidence? Canadians aren’t so sure.
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In cities across America, this morning’s newspaper told you there was an election yesterday — but nothing about it
2 months ago

In cities across America, this morning’s newspaper told you there was an election yesterday — but nothing about it

This story was originally published by Nieman Lab and appears here with its permission

Big night! The U.S. midterm elections yesterday mostly went according to expectations: Democrats retook the House of Representatives,… Continue Reading In cities across America, this morning’s newspaper told you there was an election yesterday — but nothing about it

We need a new kind of weather forecast
3 months ago

We need a new kind of weather forecast

More regular reporting on extreme weather patterns would help Canadians understand the real threat of climate change.
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We cannot continue to ignore the Toronto Sun’s toxic output
3 months ago

We cannot continue to ignore the Toronto Sun’s toxic output

The Toronto Sun has a history of columnists writing xenophobic pieces — but they are met with a shrug by the rest of Canadian media.
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When journalists report social media as public opinion
4 months ago

When journalists report social media as public opinion

Journalists should be careful when using social media posts to report what the public thinks, and should tell readers how the data was collected.
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