Tuesday Tabs: remembering Joe Scanlon and life on the marijuana beat
News about the news for the week of May 5.
Welcome to Tuesday Tabs, a roundup of headlines at home, down south and elsewhere.
Joe Scanlon, a long-time professor at Carleton University and mentor to many students who graduated from the school’s journalism program, has died at 82. The Ottawa Citizen reports on his career and the alumni who remember him.
The Toronto Sun’s King Street offices got into the May 4 spirit by having a couple of storm troopers infiltrate its newsroom.
Carleton grad Batoul Hreiche, who’s spoken to J-Source before about diversity in journalism schools, reflects on her experience as a CBC intern and being one of very few reporters to appear on-air in a hijab.
Four Alberta newspapers endorsed PC candidate Jim Prentice for today’s provincial election, including the Edmonton Journal—a fact that caught that paper’s Paula Simons by surprise. On Friday she took to Twitter express her issues with this.
Ever been curious about what the Denver Post’s Ricardo Baca gets up to on his job as the only marijuana reporter at a major daily U.S. newspaper?
“I am editor-in-chief of my college newspaper, and the job I trained for no longer exists.” This column by departing Daily Tar Heel editor Jenny Surane is far more hopeful than it sounds.
In 2006, ESPN had an idea to create a flip-phone that delivered sports news directly to readers that was a massive failure—a failure that led to the network becoming the mobile sports news success it is today.
Over a dozen news outlets have written to the Baltimore Police City Department urging its public information officer to release the 911 call tapes, arrest records and call logs from Freddie Gray’s arrest. “In this particular situation any effort to withhold the report, even temporarily, would itself be manifestly contrary to the public interest.”
We learned a little while back that BuzzFeed was launching in Canada soon. But where does it plan on heading next?
On using drones to cover the Nepal earthquake.
Speaking of Nepal coverage: the BBC has found messaging app Viber very useful in reporting snippets of information directly from the scene.
Some lessons learned from Spain’s El Español, one of the most successful crowd-funding journalism initiatives in recent memory.