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Jeff Bezos Will Save the Washington Post

While the outcome is fairly obvious, the question is why did Bezos pay $250 million (he paid $500 million but $250 was its real estate) for the Washington Post? Why didn't he just start offering content deals to publishers and journalists then sell it on Amazon as he does now with movies?
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The Travel Writer's Dilemma

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.
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How Trayvon Martin Won in The Court of Public Opinion

Trayvon Martin's parents were savvy enough to understand and then challenge their murdered son's standing in the "court of public opinion." The carefully-chosen photos of a fresh-faced Trayvon Martin told an alternate narrative. The pictures of Trayvon on horseback, on a ski hill, and with his doting father humanized the "hoodlum."
Alamy

PR? What's That Again?

Where does the PR professional fit into a marketing mix that now includes heavy online and social media components? How do they adapt to a landscape where coverage options have decreased due to shrinking newsrooms? The tools, strategies and skill sets for the job have changed. Enter the hybrid PR professional.
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Over 60 Million Children Aren't Getting an Education

Our son graduated from high school in June. He's grateful. Living in North America with access to public school is a luxury that we will never take for granted. As he walked across the stage, I thought about the 60 million children in our world who are not getting an education. An education is the way out of poverty and the ultimate peace weapon to end war.

Being The White Guy in The Picture

Today, The Rosedale Club -- which has no formal website, instead operating through personal tweets, Facebook event pages, and a Gmail address -- announced that their next meeting would be held on July 1, and feature "guest of honour" Conrad Black. Inevitably, critiques culminated in the all-too-familiar refrain: "What's with all the white guys?"
Alamy

Breaking Free of a Body-Hating Society

We live in an image-obsessed, fat-phobic, thin is in, skinny jean-wearing, thigh gap-measuring, binging and purging, forever dieting, body-hating society where kids barely out of preschool are begging their mothers to keep them home from school because they feel like they're too fat to fit in. And that pisses me off.

Calling Terror by its Rightful Name

Canadian and international media often shy away from using the word "terrorism" and its variants when discussing violence directed against Israelis, despite using this term to describe similar acts of...
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Sun News Network Shows Its Hypocrisy

Anything that has a market should be allowed to remain in business. But that's the problem: Sun News doesn't have a market even though, contrary to the misinformation peddled by the broadcaster, it is literally available to any Canadian who's willing to subscribe to a cable or satellite service that carries the channel
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Roger Ebert: Nobody Did it Better

Roger Ebert was an honest critic. He was there for the movies. How many others can say the same? At the end, he became as big as the actors and directors he profiled. He was the Trailer before all the trailers. He was the Internet before the web. He was TV when it was still television. Something about him was more familiar and more popular than his co-hosts. Something about his opinion mattered to you. So, I'll say it again, because I really mean it...RIP Roger Ebert. Nobody was better.

The Next Media Gamechanger

The biggest heist in history was when newspapers and magazines allowed Google to "crawl" their content to readers, to pay nothing and to sell ads around their stories. Google became, in other words, the ubiquitous newspaper right under the noses of proprietors who should have charged.
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Welcome to Digital Narcissism

Is it any surprise that flashy headlines and fake celebrity death memes on Twitter get so much attention? In this era of digital narcissism, where our gateway to content is through the lens of the people we like and admire most, traditional and digital publishers must now grasp for attention in an even flashier way.
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The Other Story Of The Smartphone

Most people interested in media, marketing and technology think of smartphones as the device that is putting the PC world to rest. Yes, personal computers are still pervasive, but the growth of smartphones has been exponential and astounding all in one breath.

The Woman Behind Good News Toronto [VIDEO]

Upon hearing some friends complain about Toronto after a local violent crime hit the news, Eva Karpati became determined to show the world that Toronto is a "wonderful place filled with amazing people." This gave her the inspiration to launch Good News Toronto, a publication that celebrates our local everyday heroes.

Leagalizing Pot?

Paul McCartney was recently reported as saying he is going to stop smoking marijuana so he can be a better parent. This should give us pause for reflection. After all, Paul McCartney is very capable, creative and even brilliant.

Les Mis And The Power Of The Big Screen

Les Mis is a beautiful movie. All at once, for all the world to see, the immense sadness of forced sex and pornography is portrayed on the big screen, as the beautiful Fantine lay dying, of a broken heart. The seriousness of all this may soon escape us, as we know these great actors will rise to soon tell us another story and win awards. But the message of this movie will never be entirely lost to us.
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Dear CRTC, It's Time to Let the Sun Go Down

As a supporter of diversity in (news) media, and sometime collaborator with Sun News Network, it pains me to write this, but I don't think that the CRTC should give in to this application for mandatory carriage. If it wants to have a shot at greater viewership, Sun News will have to look closely at what it means to be conservative in Canada, and then adapt its style accordingly.

Canada's Great Immigration Flop

Assimilation of indigenous peoples in Canada been attempted spiritually (missionaries), culturally (the banning of ceremonies through the Indian Act), politically (the imposing of the band and council system), and economically (far too many examples to list). None have been successes. All, in the language of today, are a fail.
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Don't Let 26 Deaths Be in Vain -- Demand Change

We cannot anticipate such senseless slaughter. But we can make the next one more difficult. America does not have any more mentally handicapped, disturbed, or mad people than any other country. What it does have is more guns. We cannot make sense of what happened in Newtown. We can only try to give this senseless massacre some purpose other than a cathartic outpouring of grief.
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Does "Objectivity" Belong in Newscasts About Climate Change?

Although climate change seems to be insidiously disrupting our social fabric, it makes the newscast only when there's a dramatic natural disaster. But given the strong consensus between the media and environmental advocates that objectivity doesn't do justice for climate change how can the news media provide effective coverage of climate change?
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Sorrows Of This Planet Totally Overwhelming

I am troubled that we are more horrified by deaths of children here rather than afar. They all have parents who are left numb and alone. We should be weeping for the world. One that doesn't seem to be getting any better. It's the 21st century and we are still killing each other and ourselves.
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Most People Only Read the Grabby Headline...

The way a news story is structured or what goes in the headline may have a profound effect on what people think they know about current events. For the casual news consumer, many of whom stopped reading this after the first few paragraphs, it is a good idea to carefully read the entire story when it comes to important issues.
Alamy

Sun Media Cuts 500 Jobs

MONTREAL - Quebecor Inc. is cutting about 500 jobs at its Sun Media newspaper division in a move that includes closing two production facilities in Ontario as it copes with lower advertising revenue.T...