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    Media concentration too high: CBC

    “The level of consolidation in the Canadian media industry has reached levels that “in any other country would be considered unacceptable,” Canada’s public broadcaster told regulators Monday at the start of federal hearings into the state of ownership concentration in…
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    Next?

    Toronto Star public editor Kathy English has a column this weekend in which she reacts to a Star manager’s workshop with Newspapers Next. In part, the workshop discussed how newspapers can survive, and the “jobs” that need to be…
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    Media responsibility for 2000 U.S. presidential results

    “Al Gore couldn’t believe his eyes: as the 2000 election heated up, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other top news outlets kept going after him, with misquotes ….while pundits such as Maureen Dowd appeared to be charmed…
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    ABC Gum

    “On many days the newsprint front page tastes of already chewed gum,” says Jack Shafer, in a Slate column reflecting on how his news consumption has shifted to the Internet. It’s an icky comparison but many of us will recognize…
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    War coverage

    Canadian media have consistently given priority to covering the deaths of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan; today’s Globe and Mail top-front page piece about the death of Simon Longtin of the Vandoos is an example. In the U.S., however, a weariness…
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    Russia drops BBC

    Is Russia cracking down on foreign media? The BBC was effectively kicked out of the country today. From a story in the Guardian:The BBC World Service has lost its last FM radio outlet in Russia today, adding further substance to…
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    Belly Up

    Dean Starkman offers some strong opinions on the sell-out of the WSJ in the Columbia Journalism Review, and a warning for the NY Times. An excerpt:And so Dow Jones & Co., once the proud lion of financial news, goes…
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    Criminal charges in India for writer

    Author Taslima Nasreen, whose writing about women’s lives so offends conservative Muslims there’s a bounty (fatwa) on her head and she’s banished in her native Bangladesh, is reportedly charged in India with the crime of “hurting Muslim feelings.” Reported CBC
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    “Savviness” is the religion of journalism, says Jay Rosen

    “The real—and undeclared—ideology of American journalism is savviness, and this is what made the press so vulnerable to the likes of Karl Rove,” argues Jay Rosen in Press Think. My question: Is savviness related to sophistry, and our culture’s…
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    TorStar for sale?

    Will the Toronto Star, Canada’s biggest newspaper, be in play on the stock market? The Globe and Mail’s Grant Robertson and Gordon Pitts examine that question in a piece about how some of the heirs of the family trust —…