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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?

How Rex Murphy Went from Critic to Crackpot

Graham Templeton | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada
Graham Templeton

Rex Murphy helped shape the way I think. He was a shining example of the type of strong rhetorician that this country rarely produces. Now, he openly deals in hateful diatribes cast down from the pages of the National Post. This means he has become what his critics have incorrectly accused him of being all along: a shallow, reactionary demagogue. And his latest piece will only prove them right.

There Are Scandals and Then There's Rob Ford

Saeed Selvam | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Saeed Selvam

Google Rob Ford and you're met with the latest on the "Crackgate Scandal." In what can only be described as a whirlwind of chaos, Toronto's Mayor is in the news again with another bizarre allegation. What needs to happen next is that the Mayor should address the allegations head-on then move on. What Toronto needs to do is start vetting potential Mayoral candidates for 2014 as Ford has made it clear that he'll be running again. When you honestly think about it, our standards are not that high when it comes to politicians; we need to raise the bar.

Watching the Watchdog: Will the CBC Follow in the BBC's Footsteps?

Tim Knight | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Across the Atlantic Ocean, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), world's oldest, largest and most respected broadcaster of journalism, is busy destroying itself. And if all this happened at the Beeb, could it happen here too? CBC should be afraid. Very afraid.

Watching the Watchdog: 50 Years of Journalism & It's all the Same

Tim Knight | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Once upon a time I wrote a book about being a journalist in the 21st century. I was leafing through its pages last evening, when I stopped at the chapter The Less Things Change... It's about my time, 50 years ago, working as reporter/anchor at a startup TV station in Zambia. The chapter starts by describing how we got our foreign news film back there in the 60s. Even after all these years, much is still the same.

If You Think Orwell is Too "Left Wing," I Think You're Too Daft

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

By claiming that erecting a statue of George Orwell in front of the building of the BBC in central London is "too left-wing" an idea, BBC's general-director Mark Thompson is effectively saying that the fight against censorship, the fight for honesty and clarity, and Orwell's "sworn, downright detestation/Of every despotism in every nation," (fine, Lord Byron's words, but they still apply here) are effectively "left-wing" ideals.

Watching the Watchdog: The Bare Facts About "Naked News"

Tim Knight | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

For teenage boys and lonely men everywhere it's the answer to the nag: "Why don't you stop playing all those damn video games and actually learn something by watching the news instead?"

Watching the Watchdog: Here's How the CBC can Survive the Cuts

Tim Knight | Posted 05.30.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

By now, you know most of the gory details of the damage. Ten per cent cut to the CBC. Blood on the floor. From some, wails of anguish. From others, roars of applause. The time of the great networks is over. The Internet and social media have won. But old media can save itself through storytelling.

Immortalizing India's Master Storyteller

Sam Singh | Posted 04.28.2012 | Canada
Sam Singh

His stories earned him recognition in the global comics industry and seriously large piles of fan-mail. And today marks what would have been the 82nd birthday of India's "Master Storyteller," Anant Pai who died last year in Mumbai. But this year, he is immortalized by way of his own medium.