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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 —…
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    Media have tribes?

    The latest Pew Research Center study on how Americans regard their news media will be a downer for many professional journalism: distrust, division and the emergence of media tribes. I suspect a similar Canadian study would have similar results. An…
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    Canadian-Somalian journalists killed

    A report by the CBC  says two journalists killed in Somalia today had lived in Ottawa before returning to Somalia in 1999 to help build an independent press. There are numerous reports that Mahad Ahmed Elmi and Ali Iman Sharmarke…
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    Reuters’ “sinking feeling”

    Busted by a 13-year old. Ouch. After a boy in Finland noticed pictures carried by Reuters looked like subs in the movie Titanic, the news agency was forced to admit the provenance of the images. Reported the Guardian: “footage it…
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    Na, na, na: My way is BETTER!

    A website is a website is a website, argues Steve Safran in this column: The more tools we keep giving journalism, the more journalists keep arguing over the tools. What they don’t see is the toolbox …. News isn’t about…
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    Morin new CRTC commissioner

    Former Radio-Canada journalist Michel Morin was appointed this week as commissioner with the Canadian radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. Morin retired from Radio-Canada two years ago, after 34 years as a journalist, including as the chief editor of TV news for…
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    Corporate control of information

    A couple of interesting items this week about corporate control of public information: A major U.S. telco censored two lines in a telecast of the band Pearl Jam. The lines were critical of U.S. president George W. Bush. From the…