Canada Media

WATCH: Seize The Brand Essence And Tell That Story

Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Business

Mitch Joel of Twist Image doesn't hedge when he speaks about the most important challenge facing companies in the digital space. If you want a relatio...

Trolling - I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Living
Seb FoxAllen

You may have noticed variations of the term "online trolling" creeping their way into the style guides of your favourite news outlets over the past year. What the Internet need not attempt is to expunge trolls. Instead, the digital class must work towards a renegotiation of its idioms. A key part of this process will be coaxing more nuance from terms like trolls and trolling, insisting on new ways of delineating the undesirable from the criminal: the process from the by-product. Resist the rush to concede the perch of the troll; it's all many of us have left.

WATCH: Canada's Digital Borders Continue To Blur

Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Business

Michael MacMillan knows what people mean when they insist that Canada's digital landscape is breaking boundaries. There is no doubt that the country's...

Jeff Bezos Will Save the Washington Post

Diane Francis | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

While the outcome is fairly obvious, the question is why did Bezos pay $250 million (he paid $500 million but $250 was its real estate) for the Washington Post? Why didn't he just start offering content deals to publishers and journalists then sell it on Amazon as he does now with movies?

WATCH: Canada Needs More Risk Takers

Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Business

UPDATE: Matt Di Paola is the senior vice-president, General Manager at Critical Mass Canada’s startup community needs more risk takers, according...

The Travel Writer's Dilemma

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Several large media organizations won't publish articles if a travel writer received assistance from a tourism board, or they will put a disclosure at the end of the article saying the trip was sponsored. This is a blatant double standard, and it stands to hurt and limit the importance of travel journalism.

How Trayvon Martin Won in The Court of Public Opinion

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Trayvon Martin's parents were savvy enough to understand and then challenge their murdered son's standing in the "court of public opinion." The carefully-chosen photos of a fresh-faced Trayvon Martin told an alternate narrative. The pictures of Trayvon on horseback, on a ski hill, and with his doting father humanized the "hoodlum."

PR? What's That Again?

Rachel Thexton | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Thexton

Where does the PR professional fit into a marketing mix that now includes heavy online and social media components? How do they adapt to a landscape where coverage options have decreased due to shrinking newsrooms? The tools, strategies and skill sets for the job have changed. Enter the hybrid PR professional.

Over 60 Million Children Aren't Getting an Education

Barbara Stegemann | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Barbara Stegemann

Our son graduated from high school in June. He's grateful. Living in North America with access to public school is a luxury that we will never take for granted. As he walked across the stage, I thought about the 60 million children in our world who are not getting an education. An education is the way out of poverty and the ultimate peace weapon to end war.

Being The White Guy in The Picture

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada
Seb FoxAllen

Today, The Rosedale Club -- which has no formal website, instead operating through personal tweets, Facebook event pages, and a Gmail address -- announced that their next meeting would be held on July 1, and feature "guest of honour" Conrad Black. Inevitably, critiques culminated in the all-too-familiar refrain: "What's with all the white guys?"

Breaking Free of a Body-Hating Society

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

We live in an image-obsessed, fat-phobic, thin is in, skinny jean-wearing, thigh gap-measuring, binging and purging, forever dieting, body-hating society where kids barely out of preschool are begging their mothers to keep them home from school because they feel like they're too fat to fit in. And that pisses me off.

Journalism: The World's Most Physically Demanding Job?

Michael MacDonald | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada
Michael MacDonald

Can someone back home in Canada kindly mail me a tube of Bengay? If you can't find it, Valium might work. Or horse tranquilizers. I knew that head...

Calling Terror by its Rightful Name

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Canadian and international media often shy away from using the word "terrorism" and its variants when discussing violence directed against Israelis, d...

Don't Let Rob Ford Define Our Digital Media

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Seb FoxAllen

A yet-unpublished video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly making inappropriate statements while ingesting crack-cocaine has (somewhat predictably) g...

Leah Eichler's Fresh Take on Women in the Workplace [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg I recently had the pleasure of interviewing award-winning editor and celebrated columnist, Leah Eichler. Her weekly career takes a refreshing and insightful perspective on issues that women face in today's workplace.

Freedom of the Press? Not In Tanzania

Michael MacDonald | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada
Michael MacDonald

In Canada, protection of a free press is so ingrained that we almost take it for granted. In Tanzania, unfortunately, one op-ed really can mean the difference between earning a living and the death of an entire paper.

Sun News Network Shows Its Hypocrisy

Werner Patels | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada
Werner Patels

Anything that has a market should be allowed to remain in business. But that's the problem: Sun News doesn't have a market even though, contrary to the misinformation peddled by the broadcaster, it is literally available to any Canadian who's willing to subscribe to a cable or satellite service that carries the channel

Is Bell Taking Over Astral to Get Millions in Public Subsidies?

Catherine Hart | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Business
Catherine Hart

Bell is pursuing an outdated business model that reduces customer choice, forces subscribers to pay for content they don't want, and banks millions in taxpayer-funded subsidies. It seems that Bell's priority is getting as much money out of Canadians as possible, without any consideration of what citizens actually want.

Roger Ebert: Nobody Did it Better

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Roger Ebert was an honest critic. He was there for the movies. How many others can say the same? At the end, he became as big as the actors and directors he profiled. He was the Trailer before all the trailers. He was the Internet before the web. He was TV when it was still television. Something about him was more familiar and more popular than his co-hosts. Something about his opinion mattered to you. So, I'll say it again, because I really mean it...RIP Roger Ebert. Nobody was better.

The Next Media Gamechanger

Diane Francis | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

The biggest heist in history was when newspapers and magazines allowed Google to "crawl" their content to readers, to pay nothing and to sell ads around their stories. Google became, in other words, the ubiquitous newspaper right under the noses of proprietors who should have charged.

Welcome to Digital Narcissism

Mitch Joel | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada
Mitch Joel

Is it any surprise that flashy headlines and fake celebrity death memes on Twitter get so much attention? In this era of digital narcissism, where our gateway to content is through the lens of the people we like and admire most, traditional and digital publishers must now grasp for attention in an even flashier way.

The Other Story Of The Smartphone

Mitch Joel | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Most people interested in media, marketing and technology think of smartphones as the device that is putting the PC world to rest. Yes, personal computers are still pervasive, but the growth of smartphones has been exponential and astounding all in one breath.

The Woman Behind Good News Toronto [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Upon hearing some friends complain about Toronto after a local violent crime hit the news, Eva Karpati became determined to show the world that Toronto is a "wonderful place filled with amazing people." This gave her the inspiration to launch Good News Toronto, a publication that celebrates our local everyday heroes.

Leagalizing Pot?

Bill Haines | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Paul McCartney was recently reported as saying he is going to stop smoking marijuana so he can be a better parent. This should give us pause for reflection. After all, Paul McCartney is very capable, creative and even brilliant.

Les Mis And The Power Of The Big Screen

Bill Haines | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Les Mis is a beautiful movie. All at once, for all the world to see, the immense sadness of forced sex and pornography is portrayed on the big screen, as the beautiful Fantine lay dying, of a broken heart. The seriousness of all this may soon escape us, as we know these great actors will rise to soon tell us another story and win awards. But the message of this movie will never be entirely lost to us.