News about news
— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) June 14, 2019
- The eight groups that have been asked to name experts to a panel to determine eligibility criteria for the federal government’s journalism bailout have selected their representatives:
- Canadian Association of Journalists: Esther Enkin, former CBC ombudsman
- News Media Canada: Bob Cox, chairperson of NMC and publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press
- Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec: Pierre Sormany, journalism professor, formerly of Le Soleil, Radio-Canada and magazines including Québec-science and Vélo Mag.
- Quebec Community Newspaper Association: Brenda O’Farrell, director of QCNA and editor-in-chief of Rabble.ca
- National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada: Thomas Saras, CEO
- Association de presse francophone: Pierre-Paul Noreau, publisher of Le Droit
- Unifor: Brad Honywill, retired journalist and union representative
- Fédération nationale des communications: Pascale St-Onge, president
- The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal has won the Michener Award for public service journalism, for an investigation into deficiencies in the province’s ambulance service.
- The Canadian Association of Journalists says it supports the recommendations of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as they related to journalism.
- The Reuters Institute has released its Digital News Report for 2019. The report shows that very few people are paying for news online, and most of those that are pay only one or two publications. Highlights of findings from Canada show that only 9% said they paid for any form of digital news in the past year.
- Simon Houpt throws some cold water on a report that most Canadians fall for fake news.
- Quebec’s ombudsman has denounced the firing of an agronomist in the agriculture department after he blew the whistle about conflicts of interest related to a report on pesticide use. The report has resulted in the resignation of the deputy minister, but the minister (who said he approved the firing himself, then said he didn’t) is still in his job.
- John Kennedy’s Pop Goes the News website has some accusations of plagiarism against the website FYI Music News.
- The City of Montreal is changing its public notice rules so that it no longer has to publish them in newspapers. That will save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, but also cost print media (like my employer the Montreal Gazette) lots of money. The FPJQ has condemned the decision because of its effect on newspapers (though, notably, not its effect on its intended purpose, because few people pay attention to those print public notices).
- J-Source explores the implications of CTV News’s move toward videojournalists at its local newsrooms.
- La Presse has started a morning newsletter called La Matinale.
- The Canadian Journalism Foundation has presented its annual awards, as well as its William Southam fellowships.
- The Canadian Press discovered recently that CSIS destroyed a secret file on Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1989, concluding it did not meet the criteria for being kept. Historians are upset at this loss of a potentially historic document.
- Russian journalist Ivan Golunov has been released after a public outcry, including several competing newspapers running identical front pages in support of him. His arrest on drug-dealing charges was seen as trumped up to punish him for reporting that embarrassed the government.
- Police have arrested a man in the death of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee.