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Far-right hatemongers don’t deserve a platform
2 years ago

Far-right hatemongers don’t deserve a platform

How an interview made me think twice about quoting anti-Muslim trolls in the future
Dear Journalists of Canada: Start Reporting Climate Change as an Emergency
2 years ago

Dear Journalists of Canada: Start Reporting Climate Change as an Emergency

A five-point plan for mainstream media to cover fewer royal babies and more of our unfolding catastrophe
CBC Ombudsperson: Yellow Vests and logistics
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsperson: Yellow Vests and logistics

The complainant, Kyle Mytruk, felt CBC’s approach to covering a protest by Manitoba’s yellow vest movement lacked a sufficiently critical eye. My review illustrates the impact that logistics can have on the way reporters tell their story. COMPLAINT You were…
Stop spreading the sex trafficking myths derailing news coverage
2 years ago

Stop spreading the sex trafficking myths derailing news coverage

Journalists are still conflating sex work with exploitation. Here’s why we have to turn the page
Can a news media that doesn’t really oppose fascism ever cover it well?
2 years 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
The Trudeau government’s tax subsidy for journalism puts the Halifax Examiner in an impossible situation
2 years ago

The Trudeau government’s tax subsidy for journalism puts the Halifax Examiner in an impossible situation

Besides everything else I do, I am first of all a business owner. I started Halifax Examiner Inc. in 2014 with all my life savings, $10,000. By the time the first post went live, I had something like $2,000 in…
Tilting the playing field
2 years 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 lobbying, public awareness campaigns and many, many editorials written in…
Liberals’ journalism funding makes it harder to launch news startups
2 years ago

Liberals’ journalism funding makes it harder to launch news startups

We’re not looking for a handout. But we didn’t expect the government to distort the playing field so dramatically
Globe and Mail Public Editor: No need to offer ‘false balance’ to anti-vaxxers
2 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: No need to offer ‘false balance’ to anti-vaxxers

Anti-vaxxers are up in arms about negative media coverage of their cause. Considering the timing, this is a little surprising: measles, a potentially life-threatening disease especially for unvaccinated babies or people with suppressed immune systems, is on the rise, thanks…
How to fix Canada’s biggest media problem in one easy step
2 years ago

How to fix Canada’s biggest media problem in one easy step

Ottawa is poised to provide almost $600 million in financial assistance to Canada’s news media. Will it do the right thing and restrict the incentives to Canadian-owned companies?