News about news
- Ontario courts have changed their rules to allow journalists to use electronic devices in court provided they’re not disruptive. But the rules don’t define what “media or journalists” means in this context. There’s a list of media established solely for the purpose of determining access to digital recordings (that explicitly says it “should not be referenced as a list of designated media for any other policy or protocol applicable to the courts”), but otherwise it’s not defined, which could cause problems when journalists are given special privileges not allowed to members of the public.
- About 25 jobs have been cut at Quebec City’s Le Soleil.
- BuzzFeed exposes a writer who contributes to websites like Forbes and Entrepreneur for taking money from clients in exchange for mentioning them in his stories. The story is a warning to all media outlets who think they can profit off free content contributed by people they don’t monitor.
- Prompted by a tweet from Louie Mantia, I created a Twitter moment of tweets from journalists (and some of my own contributions) about things people probably don’t know about journalists that would be obvious to anyone working in the industry.
- CBC News published its first story entirely in Inuktitut about Nunavut’s legislature ousting its premier.
- The National Newsmedia Council is now offering ethics advice support to freelance journalists.
- CTV News has filed its defence in the lawsuit brought by former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown. There’s not much earth-shattering new here, but there are some details about the process CTV News went through in reporting its story about Brown’s alleged behaviour toward young women.
At the CRTC
- The commission has renewed the licences of DHX Media, which owns the Family Channel, CHRGD and Télémagino. The new licences allow DHX to treat those channels as a group, sharing revenue and expenses for the purposes of meeting Canadian content spending quotas. That quota has been set at 20% of revenues.
- The CRTC has approved the sale of CJCY-FM Medicine Hat from Clear Sky Radio to Rogers for $4 million.
- Yet another Canadian Broadcast Standards Council decision against Jeff Fillion and CHOI-FM, this one for saying SQ officers based out of Val-d’Or are too hot to want to sexually abuse glue-sniffing Indigenous women.
- National Newsmedia Council: Anonymous sources shouldn’t be able to wildly speculate about political motivations.
- Netflix has added its first original series from India, as it tries to sell that country’s population (and its large diaspora) on the streaming service.
- CKNT 960 AM, a new talk radio station in Mississauga, has begun testing. Reports from area listeners can be found here. The CRTC first approved the station in 2011.
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- Rolling Stone magazine did a major redesign/rebrand/makeover of its print edition and website. Among the changes, the logo is now flat, dropping its 3D shading. It’s also physically larger, on heavier stock paper. And it’s printing fewer copies, selling at a higher price.
- The Washington Post has reached a deal with its employee union, including a $15-a-week pay raise.
- Univision is looking to sell Fusion Media Group, which owns sites like Gizmodo and Deadspin, reports the Wall Street Journal.
News about people
- Angie Seth, who anchored Global News newscasts for local markets across the country, has left that job to take on an anchor job at CTV News Channel.
- Roger Petersen has been named the new co-anchor of Breakfast Television in Toronto. He replaces Kevin Frankish, who left last month.
- Valérie Gaudreau has been named editor-in-chief of Le Soleil, while Marc Gendron has been named editor-in-chief of La Voix de l’Est.
- Amanda Stein, the former TSN 690 reporter who left to work with the New Jersey Devils, is staying with the hockey team permanently.
- Colin Harris, an online editor at the Montreal Gazette, has departed the company. He says goodbye in a Twitter thread. He’s the second editor to leave the paper in a week.
- Simona Chiose is leaving her job as education reporter for the Globe and Mail.
- Catherine Tait officially took over as president and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation this week.
- New York Times reporter Ali Watkins has been reassigned to New York City after it was revealed she was in a relationship with a staffer at the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is on her beat. The Times calls that unacceptable.
- Reporter Brian Ross and producer Rhonda Schwartz have left ABC News after erroneously reporting that President Donald Trump asked former national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Russians during the 2016 campaign.
- Les Carpenter, CEO of CKLB Radio in Yellowknife
- Alan Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for Associated Press
- Philippe de Baleine, writer and journalist who inspired a character in Tintin
- Ed Schultz, TV host at MSNBC and RT
- The New York Times on the growing problem of people impersonating celebrities on social media, and tricking them into giving money, causing a lot of grief for the real celebrities. The story notes how ineffective the companies are at removing these accounts, even after they’re reported.
- Kotaku describes what happened to Tumblr, the cultural shift that caused people to start abandoning the platform and look for others that catered more to their needs.
- La Presse talks to speedskater Kim Boutin, who looks back on the PyeongChang Olympics and how she dealt with the sudden fame and social media backlash.
- Business reporter at The Canadian Press in Montreal (deadline: July 9)
- Reporter, The Wire Report in Ottawa (deadline: July 18)
- Parliamentary reporter, CTV News in Ottawa (deadline July 21) — this is Mercedes Stephenson’s former job
- Executive producer, investigative at CBC in Toronto
- Copy editor, Globe and Mail