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Selfies Are Entertaining But They're Not Journalism

Jon Packer | Posted 08.21.2014 | 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.

Not For Sale: My Values

Jason Najum | Posted 08.14.2014 | Canada
Jason Najum

I was hot-stepping downtown the other day, headphones pumping, feeling good after a little gym workout. And this stopped me dead in my tracks. ...

Traditional Media Is Still Relevant in a Social Media World

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

As social media has become more prevalent, people have come to expect immediate information and real, consumer driven conversations. This has forced the traditional news landscape to evolve, prompting much discussion about the relevancy of newspapers, TV, and radio. But does traditional media even have a place in today's culture of 140 characters or less?

Taking Away a Writer's Copyright Is Wrong

David Martin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Business
David Martin

Publications don't exist unless content creators (i.e. writers) create some content. They deserve to be fairly paid for their work and they deserve to retain the copyright. Most major reputable publications do just that but sadly the numbers are declining.

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.

Bloggers And PR: How To Plan The Perfect Date

Rachel Thexton | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Thexton

Today, blogger relations is a part of many PR campaigns; even though the concept and relationships are not new, the love affair can turn sour in a hurry. At a recent Vancouver "speed dating" event, bloggers and PR pros identified key relationship tips to ensure a happy marriage.

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. 

Would Willow Smith Be Sexualized If She Was White?

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

We need to talk for a hot second about the sexualization of young girls. Specifically, we need to talk about the sexualization of Willow Smith by the media. In case you've somehow missed the whole hullaballoo, the picture below of 13-year-old Willow and 20-year-old actor Moises Arias was recently posted on Instagram, and the internet subsequently exploded. Everyone immediately leapt to the conclusion that the photograph was somehow sexual. Had this been a picture of a young white girl with a man a few years older than her, it most likely would have been written off as totally innocent.

It's Time We All Think Outside of the Gender Box

Leah Morrigan | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Leah Morrigan

Buying into gender differentiation means that a profit-driven media can easily hook you into buying gender-differentiated products because they know you believe it to be true.

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...

Strombo Should Approach HNIC as a Journalist, Not a Fan

Avi Goldberg | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada
Avi Goldberg

I agree when Strombo says that he can leave his personal biases aside when talking about teams other than his beloved Montreal Canadiens, but do sports journalists really have less serious reporting to do than traditional journalists? Is Strombo right that the fan and journalist roles in sports are unlikely to clash? Recent events say no.

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.

I Don't Need the New York Times to Tell Me What to Read

Ilia Blinderman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living
Ilia Blinderman

Recently, the Times' laudably levelheaded public editor wrote about the "Recommended" section's growing real estate. Readers had, according to Sullivan, complained about the move's impinging on their privacy; some noted that they were sufficiently competent to choose the articles they read on their own; others did not want their reading preferences monetized.

Ukraine Violence Hasn't Cast a Shadow Over Sochi - We Have

Marko Sijan | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada
Marko Sijan

Critics claim the violence in Ukraine has 'cast a shadow' over Sochi. The shadow of death? But the media has already cast one of those, with its endless probing of accidental deaths of athletes in training and competition, or the deaths of athletes' loved ones, or athletes' miscarriages, all to plumb the human spirit's capacity of "labouring under the shadow of death" to earn the life-choosing glory of Olympic victory. The carnage then in Ukraine doesn't cast a shadow on the Sochi Games. Instead it casts a light on something true about us, something we may already know but don't think much about, something Mark Twain was getting at when he said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."

Warning: Always Take a Columnist's Advice at Your Own Risk

Ilia Blinderman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Ilia Blinderman

Having a column does not a medical expert make, and we would be wise to keep abreast of our ignorance -- both as journalists and news consumers. Addiction does not care whether you take to its labels or not. It may not give you a choice.

Harper's Politics Serve Politicians, Not Canadians

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Poet, Anatole France, once observed that, "it is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel." He could just as easily be commenting on two recent actions of our present federal government that fly directly in the face of what is supposed to be good politics: giving the people what they want. How else to explain the undue harshness against this country's veterans, or the outright attack and manipulation in the Harper government's attempts to revamp Elections Canada to its own purposes? What makes both of these instances so remarkable is the sheer arrogance of a government acting against the best interests of its own people.

The War in Afghanistan Made the Country Better

Lauryn Oates | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

The challenges that remain in Afghanistan are significant and they are copiously documented elsewhere and do not require repeating here. But the challenges should not overshadow the progress, and what can be concluded from the state of affairs in Afghanistan today is that Afghanistan is far better off today than it was in in 2001.

Do We Know The Truth About Pot?

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - As it turns out, Nov. 6, 2012, was a big day for marijuana laws.Voters in Colorado and Washington state approved initiatives to legalize p...

Canadian Media Mangled Mandela's Legacy

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The Canadian media has missed, or, rather, sidestepped the opportunity to truly learn the lessons Madiba taught the world. Politicians and establishment hacks invariably give empty words. The juxtaposition of Canada's multicultural crown and the apartheid-like pyramid of pundits is a cross Canadians will have to bear. But, there are a few notable (positive) exceptions in the coverage of Mandela's death.

How to Become a Go-To Expert for the Media

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg As an entrepreneur or expert in your field, you need to stay ahead of the competition. Journalists are constantly seeking experts in a wide-rage of fields to be their "go-to" authorities, to provide comment on current affairs or on industry stories they are writing, or simply to help understand complex issues that they are covering. So, get on their radar screens!

Rob Ford Proves It's Not What You Do But How You Respond

Nick Cowling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

The fact is, bad stuff happens. Today, more than ever, the general public does not immediately judge a person or a company when things go sideways. However, they WILL and DO judge the response. Rob Ford is a real time case study on how to take a bad situation and make it a million times worse.

Rob Ford Needs a Crisis Communications Plan

Rania Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rania Walker

The daily, international circus that Rob Ford is circumventing so disastrously right now demonstrates why it's so important to have a Crisis Communications Plan and stick to it. In every crisis there is an opportunity to learn and to grow and to become stronger. Here's hoping that this week is a little quieter for Ford.

Ottawa Only Cares About Squeezing Votes, Not Humanity

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

For all the Duffys, Harpers, Harbs, Wallins and Brazeaus, there are the quiet, reasoned and compassionate voices of the Segals, Dallaires and Cowans, and, yes, the Munsons, fighting for the humanity of Canadians instead of the loyalty of their base. They have tackled the political order in both houses and in every party to restore this country's image in the world.

The Senate Scandal's True Victims Aren't Well-Dressed Elites

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The real scandal of politics at present is not about a number of high profile, well-attired, and well-trained political elite caught in scanda. The true victims in this very moment are all those Canadians seeking work, lining up at food banks, hoping for better Veteran's benefits, the hundreds of Aboriginal women gone missing and presumed deceased, those waiting for extensive times in emergency rooms, and those on the wrong side of the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor in this country. They look in vain to both Houses of Parliament for a proper addressing of their circumstances.