Canada Journalism

'Fake News' Isn't Just Facebook's Problem

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

Yes, social media and the web have allowed us to too-conveniently block any news or facts we disagree with, while also flooding us with enough of the opposite. But here's the thing... we've always had this ability. We've always been tricked and pulled and tweezed like this.

The Media Was The Real Loser This Election

Ward Anderson | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Business
Ward Anderson

For people who are still wondering "how did this happen," do not waste precious time trying to figure out the voters. Look no further than your TV and at your local newspaper. There was news to be reported, but the media was more interested in a soap opera. They were the real drivers of the "clown car" this year.

The 'Great Unwashed' Will Have Their Revolution

Serge Buy | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Serge Buy

To all those that derided the supporters of Trump and even Sanders, who called them despicable (Trump) or idealistic (Sanders), who dismissed them as impractical or racist -- change your ways, or at least your thinking. The "great unwashed" are marching. And they're angry.

These Are Truths About Autism That Media Stories Get Wrong

Laurie Mawlam | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Living
Laurie Mawlam

Too often well-meaning journalists get it wrong when they write about autism. It's not so much the content of their stories that misses the mark as the language they use to describe autism itself. Reflecting on autism in a more nuanced manner using these basic pointers can help you avoid simplistic depictions and understand the true, lived experiences of those on the autism spectrum and those who support them.

Backdoor Journalists Like Me Are Beating Media At Their Own Game

Heather Magee | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Business
Heather Magee

When I explained to a journalist standing next to me on the red carpet, about to interview such-and-such star at a premiere, that I was a freelancer covering the event on my own dime, he was a bit dumbfounded. "Ah, so you're a backdoor journalist, then," he concluded. As much as the label bothered me, he was right.

Put Human Rights At Heart Of Canada-China Relationship

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

We, the undersigned organizations and supporters, call on the Canadian government to put human rights, especially free expression and press freedom, at the heart of the "renewed" Canada-China relationship.

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.