Canada Journalism

Empowering Local Journalists Strengthens the Media

Adam Bemma | Posted 04.10.2014 | 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 04.06.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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.

How to Use Words to Get Ahead in Life

Diane Francis | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

In school, students are taught how to "write" by memorizing or borrowing material then regurgitating it in order to impress a teacher. That's not what this is about. This is about words, in the professional sense, that must be used sparingly and for an economic purpose, whether it's to communicate with colleagues, customers, partners, investors, society, voters or organizations.

Vancouver Pride Parade Numbers Just Don't Add Up

Mark Hasiuk | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Mark Hasiuk

When the Pride Society, one of the most influential activist organizations in Vancouver's prosperous and politically active gay community, comes knocking, Vision Vancouver, the current rulers at city hall, and the NPA, the loyal opposition, bow down. And when a trumped up "report" goes to council claiming attendance figures so outrageous they deserve their own float in the parade, nobody bats an eye. If a parade eclipses the 400,000 attendee threshold, it qualifies for the maximum amount of money available to civic parades. The Sikhs and the Chinese didn't come close. But according to the Dobrovolny report, the Pride Parade attracts "crowds close to half a million people." Cha-ching.

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.

Journalists Are Not Medical Experts

Marvin Ross | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
Marvin Ross

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) finds itself embroiled in controversy for its decision to invite medical journalist, Robert Whitaker to...

Crossing into Israel Isn't predictable

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Travel
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

JERUSALEM - The commute from Jerusalem to Ramallah is unpredictable at best. Big white commuter buses with green or blue stripes with Arabic script a...

Afghanistan Rising: Why the Taliban Must be Kept Out of Kabul

Roberta Staley | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Roberta Staley

In Afghanistan, the key to personal security is to stay a moving and elusive target: never stick to a routine, move quickly and unobtrusively. This was not only for our safety, but the safety of those we met. Fraternizing with Westerners can draw the wrath of local Taliban -- members recently beheaded two children in Kandahar province to warn citizens of the danger of collaborating with the Afghanistan government.

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...

Media Relations -- Not for the Faint of Heart

Robert Waite | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Business
Robert Waite

Handling media relations, whether for a politician, a corporation or an NGO is not for the faint of heart. Or the weak of stomach -- I always tell new-to-the-job media relations specialists to lay in a supply of Maalox. And go easy on the Scotch.

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...