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Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media
3 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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?
3 months 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
3 months 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

Top takeaways from NASH 2019
3 months ago

Top takeaways from NASH 2019

From Jan. 3 to 6, emerging journalists from across the country came together in Calgary, Alta. for NASH, an annual journalism conference hosted this year by the University of Calgary’s… Continue Reading Top takeaways from NASH 2019

Hello from CBC’s new Ombudsperson
4 months ago

Hello from CBC’s new Ombudsperson

This post was originally published on the CBC’s website on Jan. 7, 2019.

This is my first day as CBC’s new Ombudsperson. I’d like to tell you a bit about… Continue Reading Hello from CBC’s new Ombudsperson

In praise of academic media sluts – a new year’s resolution
4 months ago

In praise of academic media sluts – a new year’s resolution

Are you a media whore? Or do you worry you might be labeled one by your colleagues – if not to your face, then behind your back?

In the process… Continue Reading In praise of academic media sluts – a new year’s resolution

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
4 months ago

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

Media Localism: The Policies of Place. By Christopher Ali. University of Illinois Press – 2017. 272 pages. $25.00.

The challenge of enhancing local media regulation beyond geographic and spatial considerations… Continue Reading Everybody Knows This is Nowhere