Today's round-up of media links from Canada and beyond: Mathew Ingram on paywalls, another award for The Spec, a law for First Nations programming, and an expelled Chinese correspondent. And today's read: The life of a Canadian soldier told in an award-winning doc. 

In Canadian media: 

Former editor at The Globe and Mail, Mathew Ingram explains three reasons why he is opposed to paywalls

After learning of The Globe and Mail’s decision to charge readers for online content, Ingram takes a personal stance on why he believes general paywalls aren’t a good thing for online publications.

Another award for Hamilton Spectator

It’s been a good year for the Hamilton Spectator. After winning numerous awards—including a National Newspaper Award and 10 different Ontario Newspaper Awards—the paper is awarded with another. The paper’s series called BORN: A Code Red Project, which explores the link between poverty and the health of mothers and babies, was named print journalism series of the year by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health.

Vancouver Co-op Radio programmer wants the law to include First Nations programming

Vancouver Co-op Radio is full of First Nations cultural programming and long-time programmer Gunargie O’Sullivan wants this to be the case in the rest of Canada as well. She believes the Canadian government has an obligation to make that happen, especially if it wants to reconcile with First Nations people over the residential schools.

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In international media:

First journalist expelled from China in 14 years recounts her story to the Los Angeles Times

After working in China for five years and filing around 400 stories, Melissa Chan, Al Jazeera English’s sole correspondent in the country, was forced to leave on the evening of May 7. She reflects on her experience, saying she still doesn’t know what sparked the expulsion.

Today's read:

Life of Canadian soldier the topic of award-winning doc

A young Canadian soldier who died in Afghanistan three years ago is the focus of an award-winning Canadian documentary to premiere Thursday at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. as part of the GI Film Festival. Marc Diab was 22 when he died and left his family a farewell video that was played at his funeral. 

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.