Canada Journalism

Let's Hope Trudeau's New Era Of Media Accountability Lasts

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Sean Mallen

The true test of the Trudeau team's openness will come when actual decisions are being made, when real people start to object, when the human beings running the place start making mistakes. The national press gallery may be charmed for now, grateful that the Harper years of cold war are over. It will not last. Parliament Hill reporters are top professionals who will be ready to pounce when things inevitably go off the rails. When that happens, will the smiling ministers of day one remain available to be interrogated, challenged, or even hectored?

Helping Journalists Get The Facts Right On International Health

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Business
Kathleen O’Grady

Think tanks, politicos and pundits regularly weigh in with how to improve Canadian healthcare. Such media coverage is often weighted. And journalists covering the issue often struggle on short timelines to gain enough knowledge to ask the critical questions. But that's about to change.

The Rich Are Likely To Live 20 Years Longer Than The Poor In This City

Now What With Ryan Duffy | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada

You take away a man's hope, you're going to destroy him."

Confessions of a New Journalist Reporting in a Conflict Zone

Jenn Gearey | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Living
Jenn Gearey

My first conflict zone gave me reoccurring nightmares that I can't seem to forget. In 2002, I planned my documentary thesis for my Master's in Journalism -- I wanted to show the sacrifice of war correspondents who put their lives in peril in the name of communicating news during conflict. It was the height of the second intifada -- The same week I smelled bomb for the first time.

The CBC Should Not Allow Rex Murphy's Two Personalities

Frank Koller | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Business
Frank Koller

In management's view, Rex (one and two) is in such complete control of his perceptions and biases that he can switch from one personality to the other while walking from a radio studio on the third floor of the Broadcast Centre in Toronto to a TV studio on the fifth or to his kitchen to write a column for the National Post. That is obviously impossible, although convenient wishful thinking for CBC executives stuck in a pickle of their own making.

Here Is a Plan for a Vibrant and Sustainable CBC

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

The CBC is facing significant challenges. There is the continued rise of the Internet and digital services like Netflix that are changing the broadcasting landscape. More and more content is consumed online. There are also long-standing challenges of competing against the U.S. entertainment giant to our south. With these challenges in mind, here is what I propose. It is important to have a strong and vibrant CBC, to tell our stories, to entertain and inform us as Canadians.

CBC Needs to Look Inside and Look Ahead to Fix This Mess

Frank Koller | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Business
Frank Koller

I don't care what Rex Murphy talks about. This is about good journalism and the abuse of privilege. So here's the problem to be faced by CBC managers and programmers who seem so committed to keeping Rex Murphy in the CBC public's eye and ear.

Why Was Peter Mansbridge Permitted to Support the Mother Canada Project?

Frank Koller | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Frank Koller

"I decided that you can't cover a controversy by being in one." That's Peter Mansbridge's revelatory explanation as to why his name no longer appears -- after many months -- as an Honourary Patron of the controversial Never Forgotten war memorial proposed for Cape Breton Island. Apart from the fact that this is one of the basic tenets of journalism -- along with get your facts right, and don't misspell someone's name -- it avoids answering the really important question in this whole fiasco.

The Public Has a Right to Expect Integrity From Journalists

Wade Rowland | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

Integrity in this context means that what you see is what you get. In the immediate aftermath of Evan Solomon's dismissal by CBC, lots of people wanted to know why him, and not Amanda Lang or Peter Mansbridge? If there is an answer to this (and I'm not sure there is) then it lies in issues of transparency.

Cops Posing As Journalists Breach Charter Rights: Media Groups

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Undercover police officers who pose as journalists for investigative purposes are violating the Constitution by having a chilling effect on ...

Violence Against Women Is the Western World's Dirty Little Secret

Elvira Truglia | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Living
Elvira Truglia

It has been 25 years since the Montreal Massacre and women still face gender inequality. According to journalist and filmmaker Francine Pelletier, women face two major obstacles: violence against women and hypersexualization. Yet there are signs that feminism is no longer a dirty word.

A Fan's Farewell to Jon Stewart

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

There will be others after Stewart, just like there have been others during Stewart. But it's not enough to be an activist, or to be annoying, or to be loud, or to just only occasionally hit the nail on the head, or whatever. Stewart was often left of someone on the right, often right of someone on the left.

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

Suzanne Ma | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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...