Today’s media links from Canada and beyond: Raffi takes to Twitter to criticize journos, Paul Adams on the state of political journalism, Canadian Bar Association honours Financial Post editor and Myanmar gets a journalist association after 50 years. And today’s read: Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno’s personal A to Z roundup of London 2012.
In Canadian media:
Last week the iconic children’s singer Raffi got a little miffed at a number of journalists on Twitter after it was reported that Baby Beluga, the subject of one of Raffi’s most famous songs, had died. Raffi, whose last name is Cavokian, was upset because the whale that died was actually named Kavna, and she inspired Raffi to create a song about Baby Beluga. He took to Twitter to tell journalists and fans that the information was wrong and to delete any tweets mentioning Baby Beluga.
Journalist and former political science professor Paul Adams shares his views on the history of the country’s political journalism — beginning at the time he was a research assistant on Parliament Hill to the state it’s at today. Although he thinks it’s come a long way, he says we aren’t living in a Golden Age of political journalism — but bets that in a few decades’ time someone will look back and write about it as if we were.
Drew Hasselback, the Financial Post’s Legal Post editor has been awarded the Canadian Bar Association’s 2012 Justicia for outstanding print in journalism. Hasselback was chosen for his coverage of last December’s evolution of Ontario’s summary judgment rule, which allows judges to rule on a case before it gets to a full trial. Hasselback accepted the award at the bar association’s national conference in Vancouver over the weekend.[node:ad]
In international media:
On August 11, the Myanmar Journalist Associated was established after a 50-year gap in the country without any independent body to represent journalists. The national-level body consists of four groups: print, online, broadcast and independent news agencies and will help with the development of press freedom and the protection of journalists, among other things.
Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno writes a roundup from A to Z of the London 2012 Olympic Games after its closing ceremony yesterday. From fashion and females to athletes and sports, DiManno’s personal A to Z recalls some of the Games best highlights.
Angelina King is a freelance journalist who works as a reporter for CTV News Channel in Toronto. She previously reported for CTV in her hometown of Saskatoon and is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program. Angelina has a special interest in court and justice reporting, but is always grateful to share a human interest story. You can reach her at: @angelinakCTV.