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Watching the Watchdog: Why Citizen Bloggers Aren't Journalists

Tim Knight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

Bloggers' contributions can be extremely important to a news story. But before their information can be used it has to be checked by professionals. Only then, only if the information proves to be correct, can it be trusted and used. But times are tough. Newsrooms around the nation are being cut to the bone. Does that mean citizen bloggers who charge nothing are moving in, taking jobs away from the salaried professionals?

What I Learned This Week: Quebec's Language Police Are Great for Business

Andy Nulman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Andy Nulman

The recent crackdowns by Quebec's French-language watchdog troupe (officially known as the OQLF) is actually designed to BENEFIT Quebec's English-speaking minority (a.k.a. "Anglophones") and small business. The global attention generated by the OQLF will spawn a new breed of tourist, "Wordies," who will flock here to eat, drink and take pictures in all the affected places.