Now that it looks like it’s finally dying down, here’s who’s written about that Andrew Potter Maclean’s piece and McGill’s reaction to it, in alphabetical order (not including letters to the editor or social media posts):
- Paul Adams, iPolitics
- Jérémie Bédard-Wien, Ricochet
- Frédéric Bérard, Métro
- Denise Bombardier, Journal de Montréal
- Ann Brocklehurst
- Michael Byers, Globe and Mail
- Lucinda Chodan, Montreal Gazette
- Colby Cosh, National Post
- Andrew Coyne, National Post
- Dan Delmar, Montreal Gazette
- Raymond J. de Souza, National Post
- Bernard Drainville, 98.5fm
- Sophie Durocher, Journal de Montréal
- Sophie Durocher again, Journal de Montréal
- Joseph Facal, Journal de Montréal
- Michael Friscolanti, Maclean’s
- Lysiane Gagnon, La Presse
- Jamie Gilcig, Cornwall Free News
- Scott Gilmore, Maclean’s
- Matt Gurney, The Walrus
- Graeme Hamilton, National Post
- Allison Hanes, Montreal Gazette
- Trevor Hanna, Ricochet
- Michael Harris, iPolitics
- Joseph Heath, In Due Course
- Chantal Hébert, Toronto Star
- Barbara Kay, National Post
- Jonathan Kay, The Walrus
- Philippe Labrecque, Huffington Post Québec
- Patrick Lagacé, La Presse
- Patrick Lagacé in English, Globe and Mail
- Josée Legault, Journal de Montréal
- Josée Legault again, Journal de Montréal
- Peter Loewen, National Post
- Emmett Macfarlane, Maclean’s
- Don Macpherson, Montreal Gazette
- Candice Malcolm, Toronto Sun
- Mylène Moisan, La Presse
- Éric Montpetit, Globe and Mail
- Brian Myles, Le Devoir
- Michèle Ouimet, La Presse
- Natalie Pendergast, Journal Pioneer
- Nathalie Petrowski, La Presse
- Joseph Quesnel, Local XPress
- Lise Ravary, Journal de Montréal
- Sandrine Ricci, Ricochet
- Chris Selley, National Post
- Michel Seymour, Huffington Post Québec
- Evan Solomon, Maclean’s
- Michael Taube, Troy Media
- William Watson, National Post
- Daniel Weinstock, In Due Course
- Ira Wells, Literary Review of Canada
- Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail
- Suzanne Wexler, Huffington Post
- Peter Wheeland, Cult MTL
- Barry Wilson, CTV Montreal
- three professors in Maclean’s
- a discussion on CBC’s The Current
- Podcast discussions at Canadaland, Ricochet
- Editorials: Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Maclean’s, Winnipeg Free Press, The Senior Times
- Fact-checks: Le Soleil, La Presse, Maclean’s
News about news
Fact-creation in 2017. According to my sources, 84 percent of all the statistics you've ever seen on the war in Syria were created this way. pic.twitter.com/m1yscTa1q6
— Aron Lund (@aronlund) April 10, 2017
- Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday. Winners include David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post for coverage of Donald Trump’s charitable donations, and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.
- A bill that passed through Canada’s Senate seeks to better protect the identity of journalists’ sources in court. Bill S-231 makes amendments to evidence law and seems fairly reasonable. One issue, though, is that it defines what a “journalist” is, and that definition is limited to “a person whose main occupation is to contribute directly, either regularly or occasionally, for consideration, to the collection, writing or production of information for dissemination by the media, or anyone who assists such a person.” It also protects people who were journalists when information is given but are no longer journalists. But what about freelancers? And what is “information for dissemination by the media” anyway? Does a PR person qualify? The problem of defining journalists is a complicated one.
- The Chamberland Commission into police spying on journalists continues. Among the revelations this week is that police would sometimes request “tower dumps” which would note every phone connected to a cell tower at a given time.
- J-Source on the Toronto Star’s fight against a police attempt to seize video.
- CBC freelancers got a raise no April 1.
- The Daily Mail apologized to Melania Trump and agreed to pay her money (believed to be in the low millions) for casually suggesting she may have been a prostitute.
- Rolling Stone has reached a settlement with a University of Virginia administrator over its campus rape story.
- Nominations for the Grands prix du journalisme indépendant, awards for Quebec freelance journalists, were announced. They include articles published in Le Devoir, L’actualité and Ricochet. Winners will be announced May 4.
At the CRTC
- As mandated by the CRTC once every two years, CBC Quebec is holding a public consultation with the anglophone community on May 2 in Montreal. Attendance is free and open, but you’re asked to RSVP.
- First notice of hearing in a while. The applications:
- A low-power Native FM station in Potlotek First Nation in St. Peter’s, N.S.
- Converting a 5W developmental community FM station in Val-des-Lacs (106.5 FM, near Mont Tremblant) to a low-power community station.
- A new French-language community radio station in Ottawa-Gatineau at 1350 AM. This station would use the same frequency, site and signal as the former Radio
Centre-VilleVille-Marie (CIRA-5) retransmitter there (1000W daytime, 180W nighttime).
- Dufferin Communications (Evanov Radio) acquiring Christian music station CFWC-FM Brantford, Ont., from Sound of Faith Broadcasting, for $440,000.
- Dufferin converting ethnic station CKJS Winnipeg (810 AM) from AM to FM (92.5 MHz, 35,000W). In its application, the company reveals sister station CFJL-FM (Hot 100.5) has lost $700,000 in four years.
- A corporate re-organization at Blackgold Broadcasting
Announced NHL play-by-play teams per network for the first round of the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/quVIiRwVfc
— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) April 10, 2017
(Note that NBC staff here is for Game 1 of each series only.)
- The NHL playoffs begin today. Sportsnet has managed to make sure the Canadiens and Maple Leafs don’t play any games on the same day, so both can get airtime on CBC. (Sunday is an exception, since CBC is keeping that night to itself for its Story of Us series.) Calgary gets priority for the late game. So the Senators and Oilers are largely stuck on Sportsnet. Sportsnet’s schedule for games 1-4 of each series is here. Also, Rogers revealed during a conference call that it has extended its Hockey Night in Canada agreement with CBC for a fifth season.
- TVA Sports 3 has returned for another NHL playoff season. (Channel 199/799 on Videotron.) It will carry extra games that conflict with those already on the first two channels, and be basically dead otherwise. First games are Columbus vs. Pittsburgh and San Jose vs. Edmonton tonight.
- The Canadiens’ playoff series is so big for TVA that it’s moving the next episode of La Voix to Monday night.
- For American viewers, a bit of a treat this time: Viewers in markets where the local team is in the playoffs will get to choose between the local regional feed and the NBC national one. (Except Boston and
PhiladelphiaPittsburgh.) Unlike in Canada, in the U.S. a team’s regional broadcaster gets to produce games in the first round of the playoffs as well.
- Radio-Canada has announced a new TV series set in New Brunswick, called Le siège. (Hugo Dumas has some details.) After burying the very good series Le clan on Saturday nights, let’s hope this series gets a bit more love from the broadcaster.
- CBC has apologized for some of the issues brought up about its historical series The Story of Us. Unfortunately it’s too late to do anything about it.
- Space has announced premiere dates for original sci-fi series Dark Matter (June 9) and Killjoys (June 30).
- Hasan Minhaj of the Daily Show will be the featured performer at the White House Correspondents dinner, though President Donald Trump has already said he won’t be there.
- Jian Ghomeshi is back. With a podcast. It’s very pretentious, and you can imagine how people feel about it.
- Quebec’s regional newspapers are taking their battle to save themselves financially to the public with a new campaign. At least I assume it’s the newspapers. The website doesn’t make clear who’s behind the campaign. They want the Quebec government to abandon plans to allow municipalities to issue public notices online instead of in local papers, and reduce burdens such as recycling taxes.
- Aislin’s 50-year retrospective exhibit has opened at the McCord museum. Terry Mosher has been doing the media rounds promoting it, including interviews with or stories in La Presse, Le Devoir, The Globe and Mail, Global News, Breakfast Television, CHOM, The Suburban, the Montreal Times, HuffPost Quebec, pieuvre.ca, and of course the Montreal Gazette.
- L’Express in Drummondville, the community weekly, got a visit from the bomb squad when a package with the word “EXPLOSIF” was found outside their door. It turned out not to be explosive, but the police took no chances, and a photographer’s equipment was one of the victims. An arrest has been made.
- Nathalie Collard explores the people who despite everything gamble on starting new magazines, as the magazine Nouveau Projet (which, I admit, I didn’t think would last) celebrates its fifth anniversary.
- Canadaland takes issue with Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan’s involvement in a committee that’s supposed to ensure that The Walrus remains educational.
- La Presse+ is using the fading-text technique on some of its stories online to get more people to use its iPad app. You can (probably) see an example here.
- Transcontinental has sold L’Oeil régional, the community weekly in Beloeil, to DBC Communications, which owns papers in St-Hyacinthe and elsewhere.
- Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey was interviewed by BNN. He doesn’t like being compared to Bombardier.
- Postmedia has met its 20% salary reduction target, but more cuts will be needed, though it’s unclear if those will also come from job cuts.
- Paul Adams at iPolitics imagines the future of Postmedia. It’s … not good.
- Quebecor Media is reorganizing its digital content teams, and laying off six people, mainly at Canoë, according to Le Devoir.
- PRWeek is feeling a bit awkward about the Communicator of the Year award it gave to United Airlines’s CEO.
- Canada Media Fund’s latest funding decisions for web series. They include another season of Têtes à claques (remember them?) and a second season of Space Riders: Division Earth. (If you haven’t seen Season 1, it’s here.)
- OpenCorporates, which catalogs public information on companies as collected by governments, is suing Quebec for trying to restrict access to its database.
- Bravo FACT has announced its latest funding recipients for short films. They include a film produced by actress Tatiana Maslany, and one written and directed by Kahnawake native Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs.
News about people
— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) April 7, 2017
- Two high-profile hires at Global News: Vassy Kapelos is now the permanent host of political talk show The West Block after taking over from Tom Clark in January. And David Akin, who has a resume of political reporting for just about every major private media now, will be the new chief political correspondent.
- Former Quebecor CEO Pierre Dion is being paid $7.2 million in severance to make way for Pierre Karl Péladeau’s return.
- After 20 years at CTV Vancouver, Coleen Christie is joining Global’s BC1.
- The National Post has hired Maura Forrest of Yukon News and Lauren Heuser of The Walrus.
- Radio-Canada’s Michel Rochon is retiring.
- Régys Caron, journalist with the Journal de Québec, is retiring. He was recognized at the National Assembly along with fellow retiree Michel Hébert.
- Guy Amyot, secretary general of the Quebec Press Council, is leaving for an unspecified other job. Oh wait, he’s joining the PQ.
- Arlene Dickinson is coming back for Season 12 of Dragon’s Den on CBC.
- Bill O’Reilly’s show is facing an exodus of advertisers amid sexual harassment claims. So he’s going on vacation. Pre-planned, he says.
— Mark Berman (@markberman) April 10, 2017
- The New York Times on how to write a headline. Though it doesn’t really teach how to write in that almost Yoda-like New York Times headline style
- Washington Post profile of media journalist and CNN host Brian Stelter
- Guy O’Sullivan, president of Proper Television, the company behind series including MasterChef Canada and Canada’s Worst Driver
- Gary Miles, former CEO of Rogers Radio
- Dorothy Mengering, aka David Letterman’s mom
- The Globe has a more in-depth obituary for TV writer Denis McGrath
- Foreign editor, Globe and Mail
- Reporter, The Canadian Press in Toronto
- Viral content journalist at Huffington Post Québec
- Internship (paid), Huffington Post Québec
- Political producer in Ottawa, National Post (deadline: April 24)
- Canada Media Fund board member (deadline: April 25)
- Journalists, Journal de Montréal (deadline: May 2)
- La Presse diversity bursaries and internships (deadline: June 9)