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COVID-19

Online violence is ‘death by a thousand cuts,’ especially for women, LGBTQ2+ and racialized journalists, and COVID-19 has increased the toxicity. How can Canadian newsrooms better respond? 
7 months ago

Online violence is ‘death by a thousand cuts,’ especially for women, LGBTQ2+ and racialized journalists, and COVID-19 has increased the toxicity. How can Canadian newsrooms better respond? 

Journalists have to put in countless unpaid hours to manage the disproportionate burden of existing online. While the pandemic has intensified the issue, newsroom and platform responses are still playing catch-up
CBC Ombudsperson: Science and nuance
7 months ago

CBC Ombudsperson: Science and nuance

By  •  Columns
My latest review examines how CBC covered the debate about the primary way COVID-19 is spread: airborne, or via respiratory droplets? One particular story last spring said that Canadian scientist Dr. John Conly was “under fire” by other researchers, and a number of that scientist’s colleagues complained that the public broadcaster was guilty of “character assassination”.
Inside media’s coverage of the trucker blockade
7 months ago

Inside media’s coverage of the trucker blockade

Journalists faced a torrent of abuse, harassment and threats during anti-mandate protesters’ weeks-long occupation of Ottawa. Here’s how media workers navigated reporting in the field
Bridging disciplines in the explanatory journalism boom
8 months ago

Bridging disciplines in the explanatory journalism boom

Experts on everything from epidemiology to their own neighbourhoods are needed in public discourse more than ever. Here’s why media and subject matter specialists should work together
‘People just need proof:’ How health-care media barriers and government obstruction shaped the story of the pandemic  
11 months ago

‘People just need proof:’ How health-care media barriers and government obstruction shaped the story of the pandemic  

Despite ‘hitting a bureaucratic wall,’ journalists explain the importance of challenging hospital media restrictions
Zooming in on access to justice
11 months ago

Zooming in on access to justice

By  •  Law, Analysis, Ethics
Gains made in broadcasting proceedings online during the pandemic mean it’s time to revisit conventions about court restrictions on journalists
How COVID-19 has expanded journalism education toolkits
12 months ago

How COVID-19 has expanded journalism education toolkits

After almost two years doing and teaching journalism at a distance, safety planning is preparing j-school students for not just a pandemic, but also a career in news
How journalists informed audiences in a data-filled era
12 months ago

How journalists informed audiences in a data-filled era

The pandemic has shown the value of a data-literate news media
Slipshod practices might mean gaps in Canada’s COVID-19 record, info watchdog says
1 year ago

Slipshod practices might mean gaps in Canada’s COVID-19 record, info watchdog says

By  •  News
In the course of investigating complaints, information commissioner Caroline Maynard noticed vulnerabilities to Canada's access regime, some a direct result of the pandemic and others that have simply been worsened by COVID-19
Survey: making social media giants share ad revenue would support local journalism, say newsroom leaders
1 year ago

Survey: making social media giants share ad revenue would support local journalism, say newsroom leaders

More than 80% of respondents across print and broadcasting reporting lower ad revenue during COVID-19