Today’s media links from Canada and beyond: Six journos awarded Order of Canada, journalism ethics in today’s digital age, charities link up to give more safety training to freelancers and AP’s summer intern dies in Mexico City. And today’s read: The National Post on Anderson Cooper coming out of the closet and if it really matters.
In Canadian media:
Veteran television journalist Craig Oliver and columnist Chantal Hébert are two of the six journalists who are the newest Order of Canada recipients. The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to award those with outstanding lifetime achievement in their field and in community service. The recipients will accept the honour during a ceremony to be held at a later date. For the National Post’s complete list and to see the other four journalists honoured, click here.
With more people using the Internet as an outlet for citizen journalism, The Sun’s Douglas Todd explores what ethical code journalists should follow today. Since the influence of digital media is on the rise, he came up with three ground rules to follow: respect the rules of dialogue, responsibility to engage and commit to “reasonableness.”
The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma is teaming with Britain’s Rory Peck Trust (RPT) to create more opportunities for Canadian freelancers (and freelances working for Canadian media) to attend hazardous environment safety training courses. The Forum Freelance Fund provides bursaries of up to $2,500 to help freelancers attend the courses and the RPT may grant additional bursaries to successful candidates. Applications open July 1 and close on Aug. 31, 2012.
In international media:
Armando Montano, 22, was working as a news intern for The Associated Press in Mexico City this summer. The Colorado resident arrived in Mexico in early June and was found dead on Saturday in an elevator shaft of an apartment building near his living quarters in the capital.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper confirmed rumours that he is gay, six paragraphs into an email to a friend. His friend Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, with permission, published Cooper’s response. The National Post’s Sarah Boesveld discusses whether or not it even matters.
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.