Canada Journalism

Cutting Government Appointees Could Stall CBC's Downward Spiral

Barry Kiefl | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Barry Kiefl

The CBC's fateful decision to move the national news and the long series of ill-formed, unaccountable decisions since then, makes it clear that an inexperienced, government-appointed president and board of directors is a root problem. The government's review should address this problem.

Ottawa-Funded Journalism Casts Canada As Benevolent Global Actor

Yves Engler | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

A Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the foreign minister, the International Development Research Centre, broadly aligns its positions with Canada's international objectives. IDRC funds various journalism initiatives and development journalism prizes. Canada's aid agency has also doled out tens of millions of dollars on media initiatives over the years.

Mansbridge's Exit Is CBC's Chance To Fix What's Wrong With TV News

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Wade Rowland

My advice to CBC brass is to not pick a replacement for Mansbridge just yet, but go back to the drawing board and see if they can design a new way to report the news that will address real journalistic concerns facing the nation, rather than simply reapplying lipstick to a format that needs to be retired along with its icon.

John Oliver: ‘Malfeasance Will Run Amok' If We Don't Save Journalism

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Business

How do you have accountability when no one's minding City Hall?

One New Message: Tackling the Answering Machine

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sarena Dharshi

A podcast about voicemails, the podcast that wants to give you the chance to go back and leave the message you wish you did", begins the description o...

Remembering Afghan Journalist Zabihullah Tamanna

Mellissa Fung | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada
Mellissa Fung

Zabi had been doing this job -- working with foreign journalists -- for almost 15 years, and he was used to the rhythm and requirements of our work. He was astute, often one step ahead of us, and knew how to trouble-shoot a shoot if an element of a story fell through. There was always someone he knew or could call to help us out of a jam.

Disclosing Physician Billings Tells An Utterly Incomplete Story

Nadia Alam | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

I believe the public should know how taxes are spent. More importantly, the public should know their money is wisely spent. With physician billings, though, I think we're chasing the wrong number. Billings are a crude, misleading measure of value for money. In isolation, they cannot and do not tell the story we need to hear.

50 Years Of Great Investigative Journalism, From 'This Hour" To Amy Goodman

Nick Fillmore | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada
Nick Fillmore

Over the years I've been fortunate enough to hear some of North America's top investigative journalists speak at conventions and other venues. The men and women I've met and heard speak have made an amazing contribution to society, protecting democracy and uncovering corruption.

The Business Case For Community Engagement And Audience-Focused Journalism

Allison Munro | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Allison Munro

The days of a reporter writing, filing and forgetting the story are over. Journalists in today's newsrooms are not only writing and filing their stories, but they are also the ones pushing it out to their timelines, actively finding new audiences and interacting with readers to help guide and research future stories.

Fort McMurray's Generosity Rises Above The Flames And Danger

Chris Vandenbreekel | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Alberta
Chris Vandenbreekel

Most McMurrayites, myself included, are still coming to grips with what is happening in our town. Most of us left in a hurry, despite wanting to hold on to every last moment we possibly could. Maybe there was one more thing we as an individual could accomplish to save our city. And that's what was running through my mind as I drove north. I couldn't help but think that I could have stayed longer, provided just a little bit more coverage, before I fled. But it didn't happen. We had to go, just like everyone else, and we didn't go willingly.

It's Unacceptable That Scaachi Koul Was Harassed Off Twitter

Jessica Chin | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Chin

Scaachi Koul took a lot of flak over the weekend for a Twitter call for story pitches that were Canada-centric, especially if you were "not white and not male."She was harassed, received at least one violent threat, and deleted her Twitter account. If you look at the masthead of Canada's major publications, it's not hard to see exactly what she's talking about.

BuzzFeed Writer Harassed After Call For 'Not White' Contributors

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 02.21.2016 | Canada

"Giving ignored voices preferential treatment is not racism against white people ...it is an attempt to fix all of history," said Scaachi Koul.

'The Rebel' Ban Sparks Debate Over What Constitutes Journalism

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Politics

The thorny subject has confounded academics and practitioners alike in recent years.

In A Struggling Media Environment, We're Drowning In News

Peter Landry | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Landry

The Internet is almost always part of the tragic narrative. It is killing print newspapers they scribe. Sad news is splashed across the headlines. The loss of the newspaper carrier who tosses your paper onto the front porch early in the morning does not equal the death of news and opinion. Even restructuring newsrooms does not necessarily mean less access to important information.

The Uber-ization Of Journalism Is Failing Canadians

Jeffrey Dvorkin | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Dvorkin

Media managers are wondering what went wrong. They are asking why journalism doesn't pay any more. If the solutions are hard to discern, they have only to look at the technology they so eagerly embrace. It's the digital technology. It has spread throughout many industries including journalism, like a virus.

Advice For The Recently Laid Off From Someone Who's Been There

Kim Fox | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Kim Fox

I hope this helps someone who's going through tough times. In my 20 years as a techie/journalist, I've been laid off three times. The first time, I was 25, and it destroyed me. I was young and had very little experience; I lacked a map for navigating.

3 Ways You Misunderstand Journalism

Dave Yin | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Yin

It's not often that journalists talk about themselves. As much as we convince readers on a daily basis that the subjects of our stories matter, we failed to convince you that we matter. It comes as no surprise then, that much of the mudslinging in recent weeks in response to reporters speaking out about the massive layoffs are based on a misunderstanding of what we actually do and why.

The Trauma That Shaped Today's Iran

Laura Secor | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Laura Secor

What Iranians lived in that time -- what they channeled through their intellectual salons and prison letters, their dreams and childhood memories -- felt to me like an epic novel, replete with calamities and reversals, crescendos and epiphanies, and a sweeping arc of history that cut through its core.

Journalism Isn't Dying - It's Being Murdered

Dave Yin | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Yin

No matter how quickly information can now travel, or how many people are able to share it, when the next terrorist attack is developing at home or abroad, or the next time a public figure's lies need exposing, or even when your own community or job is facing down corporate interests, it won't be a stranger with a Twitter account sticking out their necks for you.

6 Interview Tactics I've Learned From The Best

Caitie Drewery | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Living
Caitie Drewery

I've been binge listening to Sarah Koenig riveting podcast "Serial" and it's got my wheels turning about interview tactics. Sarah is a phenomenal interviewer. She has a subtle way of making everyone she speaks to feel like a buddy, like she's on your side, even when she's asking very tough questions. So how the hell does she do it?

CBC Is Threatening Its Future By Mixing Journalism And Opinion

Frank Koller | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Business
Frank Koller

These comments, these opinions, by CBC journalists unequivocally violate CBC's long-standing, public and incredibly clearly-written policy statement that its journalists and the organization itself must not take any positions on issues in the public life of the country. CBC's senior news managers need to get serious about this.

News Reports On Trump Shouldn't Include Personal Opinions

Frank Koller | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Frank Koller

What's worrisome here is that more and more often, CBC journalists are being asked to offer their personal takes (called analysis pieces) on stories they regularly cover. And more and more often, these analysis pieces seem to be venturing into what can only be described as personal opinion.

Kobe Bryant Taught Me Hustling Hard Trumps Talent Alone

Muhammad Lila | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
Muhammad Lila

Dear Kobe, we've never met. If you look up your name in the dictionary, under the part that says "antonym" you'd probably find me. I'm your exact opposite. Still, out of everyone that I grew up admiring, few people taught me more about covering warzones -- and life -- than you did.

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.