Tim Knight’s stinging critique of The National continues to provoke comments on J-Source, echoing the buzz over Kai Nagata’s ‘why I quit’ statement. With the aroma of phone-hacking still in the air, it seems journalistic angst runs particularly deep this summer. In an editorial, the Globe and Mail called for greater public accountability. Yet a week later, Sun Media announced its withdrawal from the Ontario Press Council. Critics named Sun Media an outlaw, calling the decision “a sad day” for journalism. Other observers argue that good old-fashioned Canadian deference will protect us from below-the-belt journalism – perhaps too much so. There was a day when Canadian reporters were not so polite. Meanwhile, in the midst of these debates, the second part of J-Source’s Haiti Shelter interview reminds us what’s great about journalism.



(Image – The Scream, Edvard Munch, 1893)      

Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at patriciaelliott.ca.