Canada Journalism

Dad Was Right, You Should Change Careers At Least 3 Times In Your Life

Suzanne Ma | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Suzanne Ma

Since I was a little, I knew what I wanted to be: a journalist. My career aspirations helped define my personality and helped shape my world view. It influenced where I went to school, what I majored in, and who I hung out with -- until suddenly, one day, those aspirations changed.

Dysfunctional Divorce Leads to Dysfunctional Children

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Feldstein

What divorcing spouses and partners don't realize is there are very real consequences of dysfunctional divorce that affect mental, emotional, and developmental well-being and behaviour of children. The effects of divorce trauma become more pronounced the longer a divorce drags on. And two or five years in the life of a child is a huge percentage of time.

Selfies Are Entertaining But They're Not Journalism

Jon Packer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

Like any craft, journalism, requires audience attention, appreciation and consideration -- akin to a handmade ceramic mug that can sit alongside a disposable paper cup, news can be authored by a Pulitzer prize wining journalist or a passerby at an event with a cell phone. Both have value but their objectives differ.

Ethiopia's "Terrorist" Journalists and Bloggers

Adam Bemma | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

On April 25 of this year, the Ethiopian government made news by arresting six bloggers and three freelance journalists. It is now over 100 days, and counting, since the six Zone 9 bloggers and the three freelance journalists were thrown into Ethiopian prison cells. The nine writers are facing terrorism-related charges, standing accused of inciting violence through social media.

Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not Journalism

Davide Mastracci | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada
Davide Mastracci

George Orwell stated, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Anything else is public relations." Unfortunately, most North American journalists have acted as PR reps for Israel's ongoing invasion in a variety of ways, some subtle, others explicit.

Clean Up the CAJ or Put It Out of Its Misery

Conrad Black | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Business
Conrad Black

Journalists are often interesting, not infrequently quite talented, and usually have some professional pride, or at least common decency. Those who rightly call themselves journalists in this country might wonder why this admittedly (and reassuringly) declining occupational association is the carrier and propagator of the pernicious virus of malicious invention. It doesn't represent journalistic standards and if it did, no one would know any facts at all about any subject of public interest, other than to the extent any individual was directly aware of what was being reported.

Is It Time For Independent Crowd-Funded Media Outlets?

Toula Drimonis | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada
Toula Drimonis

It's an ambitious goal, and the amount they are hoping to raise through crowd-funding is $75,000 (no small amount), but Ricochet has assembled a strong team of journalists (which they intend to pay fairly) and initially only having the editors volunteer their time and expertise, thus hoping to gain people's support and financial commitment.

Why Barbara Walters Matters

Martine St Victor | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada
Martine St Victor

On May 16, Barbara Walters will retire. You don't have to love Walters as much as I do. But if you love television, you must recognize her contribution. Nowadays, the tradition of event television barely exists. Thank you PVR, On Demand and Internet. So in great part, the appreciation of "big gets" is a lost art. 

Stop Muzzling the Press in East Africa

Adam Bemma | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada
Adam Bemma

In Kenya, following the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall last September, parliamentarians passed two harsh media laws known as the Kenya Information and Communication Act, or KICA, and the Media Council Bill of 2013. Both pieces of legislation, labeled as "draconian" by journalists, were signed by President Kenyatta last December.

Empowering Local Journalists Strengthens the Media

Adam Bemma | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama created an online resource for Kenyan mothers to connect and share stories. Due to combining both passions: motherhood and journalism, she was offered a chance to attend a digital media workshop by Internews, an international media development organization, and accepted.

Why I'm Happy About the Government Crackdown on Unpaid Internships

Davide Mastracci | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

The industry undeniably preys on those who are desperate for a way in, and capitalizes on their insecurity with unpaid internships. But the demand doesn't justify the exploitation. The fact that it's a standard practice doesn't mean people have to accept it. Future journalists can, and should, fight back against this standard. This is why I am genuinely pleased by the government's crackdown. It will not solve all of the problems facing prospective journalists like myself, but it is a great way to eliminate one.

Can Journalists Paid for Speaking Engagements Still Be Objective?

Frank Koller | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada
Frank Koller

Oh, sorry. Were you waiting for something? It was back in early February when criticisms were first raised in the media about prominent CBC journali...

How Will the New Electronic Speaker's Corner Affect the Mayoral Election?

Nick Cowling | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada
Nick Cowling

Humans love telling the world what they think about anything and everything. Hey, it's why I write this blog. This powerful need to be heard has been...

CBC Should Banish Paid Speeches

Frank Koller | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada
Frank Koller

If the CBC should soon establish a new policy to clarify if and when its journalists can make speeches to -- and be paid by -- outside organizations, if it sticks to its word. Quite bluntly, taking money from any outside organization regardless of the content of any speech, demeans the idea of journalism at the CBC as an essential independent voice in a healthy democracy.

Journalists, Don't Let Good Stories Overshadow Factual Stories

Alex Vronces | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada
Alex Vronces

Unfortunately, good intentions and unwavering ethics alone do not suffice, for, if more and more journalists churn out such uninformed work, more and more consumers of it will be deluded into thinking that traditionally accepted research has been proven wrong or that they need not consider the evidence that runs against their views when thinking about policy.

Robyn Doolittle, Stop Making Journalism Seem Glamorous

Jennifer Hough | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Hough

It's not the Jon Stewart show, Gawker parties, and book deals. With the circulation of most newspapers in freefell and ad revenues shrinking daily, its outsourcing, lay-offs, cutbacks -- a race to the bottom. And it's proving yourself; working all hours to get the story. It's standing in the cold waiting for the story. Staying late to cover the budget. Getting hate mail, and being sworn at by angry readers (and your news editor). It's also about getting lucky, getting a break, being in the right place at the right time and digging deep like a dog with a bone.

Nothing To Hide: Pipelines, Spies and Animal Print Underpants

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

More and more often, we are reading in the news about the federal government and various intelligence and law enforcement agencies allegedly "spying" on aboriginals and pipeline opponents. I am both of those things. I have no idea whether strangers are picking up shards of information from my emails and text messages. I have no idea what kind of beautiful stained-glass mosaics their imaginations might create.

The End Of 80 Years For Kamloops Daily News

Mel Rothenburger | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mel Rothenburger

George Whitely wore a plastic hat and spoke very deliberately. Each day, he would put on his hat and his rumpled old raincoat and leave our offices at 309 Tranquille Road. I seldom knew where he was going but a few hours later he'd be back with a half-dozen good stories. I really liked that guy. A lot of good people passed through here -- it was an interesting place.

Take Pity on PR People Stuck with Cowardly Big-Shot Business Executives

Brian Kilgore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Brian Kilgore

Imagine being the PR mouthpiece for those cowardly business executives who are so driven by greed and fear they take off out the back door if they see...

Don't Insult PR People by Calling Them Marketers

Brian Kilgore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Brian Kilgore

Do people quoted in newspapers review the stories before they run? Can advertisers legally lie? Are PR people the biggest liars of all? How much does it cost to get a story into The Globe and Mail or the Toronto Star? Who do you pay? Once you start reading, why does the headline have nothing to do with the story?

Naomi Klein Calls for Economic Pressure on Egypt over Detention of Canadian Filmmaker, Doctor

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Democracy Now!

Two Canadian citizens -- acclaimed Toronto filmmaker John Greyson and medical doctor Tarek Loubani -- have been jailed for more than a month-and-a-hal...

Watching the Watchdog: Why Journalists Do What We Do

Tim Knight | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

We journalists have done a lousy job of explaining how we do our jobs, how we practice our craft, to the people we serve. I'm of the opinion that our low ranking in public opinion polls is because we don't even try to tell the people who we are, what we believe in, what we do and why we do it. So allow me to try.

Reporter's Notebook: Why I Became a Journalist

Jill Langlois | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Jill Langlois

What a journalist does involves more than just writing. It takes a keen eye to spot the right story. It takes time and dedication to chase down the facts and figures. It makes a difference to tell someone's story. So always do what makes you feel pure bliss. If you do, it will make a difference.

What Makes Suicides Newsworthy?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Is suicide really contagious? Along with celebrity suicides, research has linked copycat deaths to news stories describing specific locations and/or methods of committing suicide that increases the likelihood of vulnerable people killing themselves in the same way. However, looking at the data on a per-country basis reveals a different story about how suicide is reported, and why.

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.