News about news
— Derek DeCloet (@decloet) October 22, 2019
- A plan to have employees take over Groupe Capitales Médias and run its six newspapers (Le Soleil, Le Droit, Le Nouvelliste, Le Quotidien, La Voix de l’Est, La Tribune) as a cooperative is continuing. The trustee’s plan has been approved by the court, and now the group needs to secure enough financing to make it a reality. Meanwhile, Le Devoir says it declined to make an offer after realizing it could not export its business model to Le Soleil and make money with it. And retirees who will face cuts to their benefits after the pension plan is shut down are accusing the government of abandoning them. And aid from the Quebec government might force Ottawa’s Le Droit to move to Gatineau.
- A lawsuit by the Subway sandwich chain against CBC’s Marketplace was dismissed under anti-SLAPP law. The defamation suit alleged that CBC recklessly suggested the chicken used in Subway’s chicken sandwiches was less than 50% chicken. CBC says it used a lab for analysis and there is nothing wrong with its story.
- A study by journalism professors at Ryerson University has shown that newspaper columnists have not become diverse at the same rate as the Canadian population.
- A collaboration between 10 universities and nine journalism organizations has produced a national report about lead in drinking water. The project, which was coordinated by Concordia University’s new Institute for Investigative Journalism, was proposed by Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star.
- The Winnipeg Free Press has pulled the plug on its cannabis-centred publication The Leaf News.
- Postmedia meanwhile, has added a new topic-based website called healthing.ca, with health stories from its publications. It promises “a source of verified healthcare information for consumers, caregivers and practitioners.” Some of that content comes from Ebix Inc., designed for an American audience, or comes from health-related organizations. It follows other topic-based websites like The Growth Op (marijuana) and Driving.ca (cars).
- The office of the Turtle Island News in Six Nations of the Grand River near Hamilton, Ont., was set on fire, in what its editor calls “an attack on free speech.” It’s still unclear why the fire was set or by whom.
- Le point d’impact in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines stopped buying stories from freelancer Monic Provost after she wrote a story critical of the mayor. The editor admitted he didn’t want to get into a fight with the city.
- BuzzFeed News and the Toronto Star have published an investigation into the man behind the Buffalo Chronicle, a website that publishes apparently made-up news about Canadian politics.
- An Ontario court has struck down the provincial government’s “Student choice initiative”, which allows university students to easily opt out of paying fees to student groups including university newspapers.
- CBC’s Q got a bit ridiculed after it posted a story about the ADISQ gala and translated the names of albums and even some artists into English. It has since untranslated the names.
- The Google News Initiative has given money to four Canadian news agencies to help them with projects — a data journalism desk at The Canadian Press, an audio news exchange marketplace by Earbank Inc., a “platform for social interaction” (whatever that is) by Village Media, and “a digital-only product that combines quality local news with a community hub” at Torstar.
- Montreal hyperlocal news site RueMasson.com has shut down.
- News website The Logic has raised $1.8 million in seed funding, some of which is from Postmedia, with whom it has a content partnership.
- Two police officers who arrested MNA Guy Ouellette and undertook investigations related to leaks as part of Project Mâchurer have asked Quebecor to not publish the book PLQ Inc. about them that they claim contains falsehoods.
- A New York Times feature story by Catherine Porter has drawn harsh criticism for being “trauma porn” and presenting a distorted and stereotypical picture of what life is like for the Inuit people in the north of Canada. The Times has stood by the story, but except for a Twitter thread, Porter herself hasn’t really addressed the criticisms.
- Vice writes about the New York Times’s habit of failing to link to stories they match. In reality, this goes far beyond the Times, and is a habit of many large news organizations, who see acknowledging that another outlet had a story first as a weakness. And as Vice notes, large news organizations are large and different journalists have different habits when it comes to this.