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Journal Daily Digest: Cauchon sticks his nose in it

Journal de Montréal picket

The link of the day comes from this morning’s Le Devoir, in which media reporter Paul Cauchon does an analysis of the Journal situation, the freelance columnist problem and the role of unions in media. It’s a bit opinionative (and, since it’s in Le Devoir, that opinion is left-of-centre), but worth a look.

Tout le monde won’t shut up

Patrick Lagacé and Bernard Landry were on Tout le monde en parle last night, and both answered questions about the Journal. Landry recently quit his column (with a lame excuse) and Lagacé had to answer for his boyfriend Richard Martineau, who just won’t quit. Rue Frontenac was watching and has the play-by-play. As does Richard Therrien.

On the other channel (with twice the audience), TVA had the premiere of Star Académie, and Journal workers were picketing outside giving out flyers to audience members. (The Clique du Plateau wonders if Rue Frontenac’s critique of the show would have been as critical if it had appeared in the Journal)

In other news

Meanwhile, a journalist at Transcontinental in Quebec City has gotten her job back after she was fired last year, coincidentally (or not) as she was organizing a union for their community weeklies in the area.

Journal Daily Digest: This is how editing is done

Journal de Montréal picketers

News about the Journal de Montréal is still trickling in, but more slowly than just a few days ago. If this conflict goes on as long as people expect it to, this daily digest could turn into a weekly or even monthly one.

The link of the day is to this story at Rue Frontenac, in which copy editors respond to Pierre-Karl Péladeau’s assertion that their jobs are redundant (because Journal writers always file perfect copy, I guess) by taking part of a story from a Journal manager and re-editing it, showing before and after versions with explanations of the changes.

It sounds similar in idea to this post at Readers Matter (my union’s blog), which points out a problem when you outsource copy editing to a company outside the province.

The rest

  • Journal managing editor George Kalogerakis (funny story: he hired me at the Gazette, but took off for a higher-paying job before I had my first shift) was on CBC Daybreak this week. The audio of the interview is here (in streaming RealAudio format, ugh)
  • Joseph Facal, a regular panelist on Bazzo.tv, was taken to task by fellow panelist Vincent Marissal of La Presse on Thursday for staying with the paper freelance. His reason is the same as the rest: the union does nothing for him, so why should he leave his column for them? Rue Frontenac was there (or, at least, they watched it on TV).
  • Speaking of freelancers, Raymond Gravel writes his final column, in which he says he’s quitting under pressure, not because he wants to. He repeats the argument that the union is doing nothing for him. He says he’s upset that he has to take a side in a conflict that he has nothing to do with.