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. The half-hour newscast, which will focus on Indigenous communities in Quebec, airs Mondays at 6:30pm on APTN E (the eastern, standard-definition feed). APTN is launching its new national French-language newscast on Aug. 26
. Nunavik’s regional health board is warning of “media overkill” after a La Presse report about a suicide in that region
Canada’s new : Oct. 7 for the English debate and Oct. 10 for the French one. Included in the consortium broadcasting the debate are CBC, Radio-Canada, Global, CTV, Torstar, HuffPost, La Presse, Le Devoir and L’Actualité. Not included, therefore, are Quebecor/TVA, which has been doing its own debates for federal and provincial elections, as well as Citytv, APTN (even though translation will be available in Indigenous languages), and CPAC (though it will likely broadcast the debate anyway if it can). Leaders’ Debates Commission has announced proposed dates for the leaders’ debates during the federal election campaign The broadcasters are also the producers of the debate, which as Chris Selley points out, makes you wonder what the point of setting up this debate commission was in the first place. (Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian and a fifth to be confirmed), though which of those languages will be on TV and which will be streamed online is still to be figured out. OMNI will also be broadcasting the debates in five languages
Hyperlocal Montreal news site , after an attempt to revive it failed. Pamplemousse.ca has shut down, again
American social justice magazine . Pacific Standard has shut down after its funder pulled its funding
A plan by CBC’s is being denounced by those who feel it’s exploiting murders for a transparent ratings grab rather than bringing anything new to the public’s attention. But The Fifth Estate to have a series on Paul Bernardo CBC says it has not yet made a decision whether to go ahead with the plan.
Postmedia (my employer) has been the subject of stories about worries it is getting too conservative. Canadaland has a long piece about its new management and the centralization of political coverage, and Maclean’s has a piece about worries of a conservative slant.
Cattle farmers and Saskatchewan’s former premier got mad at the for correctly stating that reducing beef consumption would make a difference in greenhouse gas emissions. Weather Network
A Canadian Press digital journalist has created a . bot that helps journalists get statistical information about federal ridings The
Calgary Herald issued a note to readers after journalist Sean Craig learned that columnist Licia Corbella was a card-carrying member of the United Conservative Party and even voted in its leadership race.
The Alberta government has hired former National Post western business columnist . Claudia Cattaneo to help it “fight back” against critics of oil pipelines
The. Toronto Star reports it now has 19,500 digital-only subscribers since re-establishing its paywall
. The Athletic, meanwhile, reports passing 500,000 subscribers
. Facebook is looking at spending millions of dollars to licence new content for a new news section it’s developing I regret to inform you that
Pierre Karl Péladeau has found another way to keep his lawyers busy. The Quebecor owner is suing La Presse for a Hugo Dumas story about his ex-wife Julie Snyder. Péladeau doesn’t like the insinuation that he had any role in the fact that Snyder no longer has any contracts with Quebecor’s TVA network.
A judge has blocked a defamation lawsuit by politicians in the small Ontario town of , after it printed an op-ed by another politician during an election campaign. Under SLAPP law, the plaintiffs have to pay the newsletter’s court costs. The Blue Mountains against a local newsletter
The , and encourage it to chronicle the lives of more women and people of colour. New York Times is using statistical analysis to help it keep track of how diverse its obituaries are
Some enterprising scammers are buying up . old domains that were linked to from mainstream news stories in order to sell links that have high search engine value The
Montreal Gazette got YMCA and SPCA confused on its front page, leading to an apology.
The . The CMG guild, which notably represents most CBC employees, News Guild, America’s largest journalism union, has to re-run an election after discovering that more than a thousand members did not get ballots had out-of-date postal addresses for hundreds of members.
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By now you’ve probably heard the
Michael De Adder story, about the cartoonist who was dropped from the Brunswick News papers after he posted an anti-Trump cartoon on Twitter. The company denies that he was fired for a Trump cartoon that they say he never offered to them. Brunswick instead says the decision was made long before that cartoon was published, and they decided to replace De Adder with another cartoonist. That cartoonist, Greg Perry, has decided not to take the gig after being bombarded with angry comments online. The stories of the two sides don’t contradict on the basic facts, so I’m inclined to believe them. De Adder says Brunswick tended to avoid cartoons critical of Trump, of the Irving empire and of the premier of New Brunswick, Blaine Higgs, a former Irving Oil executive.
Vice News reporter Ben Makuch has lost his final attempt to prevent disclosure of information to the RCMP related to an Islamic State fighter he interviewed. Makuch, who lost his case to the Supreme Court over rights as a journalist, tried to argue that the suspect is dead and the warrant is moot, but the court found there was insufficient proof of that death. Makuch says this is likely the end and he will have to turn over his chat logs. Meanwhile in
Australia, federal police got airline Qantas to hand over travel history of an Australian Broadcasting Corp. journalist who published information illegally leaked by a government official. Statistics are not encouraging for the news industry, with
an estimate showing the , and worst year of layoffs since 2009 . newsroom employment dropping 25% in the past 10 years
Le Devoir explains why it chose not to publish images of the : Journalists were not invited to witness the event, and so the legislature filmed and shot the event itself, providing those images to the media. Le Devoir argues this sets a bad precedent of the government choosing what images of the legislature it allows the media to see. The Canadian Press refused to distribute the handout photos for the same reason. crucifix being removed from the Blue Room of the National Assembly
University of Ottawa student newspaper . Thanks to backups (keep backups, people!) The Fulcrum had its website hacked and thousands of articles deleted by someone who doesn’t like them the site has been restored.
The latest , from the universities of Ottawa and Laval. It’s mostly think pieces, but Cahiers du journalisme is out this piece provides a good summary of the state of regional newspapers in Quebec, looking at the Quebecor-Transcontinental war, Gesca’s sale of its other dailies, and Transcontinental’s sales of community papers and Métro. While everyone’s focused on the news bailout (which by the way
explicitly excludes freelancers), Canadaland points out that many large newspaper organizations already get millions of dollars through what are essentially . bulk subscriptions
Kathy English writes about the . Toronto Star’s Mirrored in Media project to get women and people of colour more represented in news stories as sources
The for describing beat reporters covering specific other news organizations as “public editors.” The four in question, covering the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC, work for CJR and have no affiliation or special access to the news organizations they’re covering. They are in no way ombudspeople for those organizations. Columbia Journalism Review is being criticized
A Yahoo News investigation shows that the . Seth Rich conspiracy theory — that the Democratic campaign staffer was murdered by Hillary Clinton’s henchmen for leaking emails — was propagated by Russian intelligence The Jeffrey Epstein case in the U.S. has prompted
a lot of praise for Julie K. Brown, the Miami Herald journalist whose reporting on him led to the charges he currently faces. Her articles can be found here.
Heather Mills, ex-wife of Paul McCartney, and her sister have received a “substantial” settlement from News Corp. as a result of the British . phone hacking scandal
The Canadian and U.K. governments are giving $4 million to a new . global media defence fund
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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 , for an investigation into deficiencies in the province’s ambulance service. Michener Award for public service journalism
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 . 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. blew the whistle about conflicts of interest related to a report on pesticide use
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
called La Presse has started a morning newsletter La Matinale.
The , as well as its Canadian Journalism Foundation has presented its annual awards William Southam fellowships.
The Canadian Press discovered recently that , concluding it did not meet the criteria for being kept. Historians are upset at this loss of a potentially historic document. CSIS destroyed a secret file on Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1989
Russian journalist , 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. Ivan Golunov has been released after a public outcry
Police have arrested a man in the death of Northern Irish journalist . Lyra McKee
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The Canadian government has selected eight organizations to choose a panel that will decide the criteria for news organizations to meet to be eligible for part of its $595-million subsidy: News Media Canada (the newspaper association/lobbying group), the Association de la presse francophone (representing francophone media outside Quebec), the Quebec Community Newspaper Association (representing anglophone media inside Quebec), the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, Unifor and the Fédération nationale des communications (the last two being unions representing journalists). Links are to their statements on the matter. Some of those statements are telling: The FPJQ said it was only told Tuesday that it was part of this group. The CAJ says it’s not sure if it will participate. QCNA says it already wants to expand eligibility criteria beyond what the government announced. Unions, naturally, are focused mainly on jobs.
The . The decision will set precedent for the limits of journalistic protections. Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in a case of a former Quebec cabinet minister trying to get Radio-Canada journalist Marie-Maude Denis to reveal her sources The
Journal de Mourréal, a fake news, parody or satire website depending on your interpretation, lost its court battle against its near-namesake, who convinced a judge it was using the Journal de Montréal’s brand and was profiting off being confusingly similar. The website must change its name and pay $23,500 to Quebecor.
A lawsuit launched by Quebecor columnist . Richard Martineau against news website Ricochet has been settled out of court Ricochet claims total victory, in that they paid nothing and did not apologize or pull the satirical obituary they wrote about him. Martineau said he wanted to avoid a circus and compared himself to a sexual assault victim.
that will see some of The Logic’s stories in Postmedia publications and the two groups partner on “content licensing, marketing projects and events.” Postmedia will take an unspecified minority stake in The Logic, which was started last year by David Skok, formerly of the Toronto Star. The Logic, which covers the “innovation economy,” Postmedia has reached a deal in principle with journalism startup The Logic explains the deal to its subscribers here.
Postmedia (my employer) has registered a lobbyist in Alberta to try to get the company involved in some way with the new Alberta government’s “energy war room”.
An anti-Muslim “pundit” named . Johnston didn’t hire a lawyer, his defence was poor and his statements so egregious that it warranted one of the largest defamation judgments in Canadian history. Kevin J. Johnston was ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages in a libel case brought on by Mohamad Fakih of Paramount Fine Foods
The . Canadian Press newsroom in Toronto held a retirement party for a reporter’s guide dog
The U.S. government is charging . This is chilling for journalists, who could in theory face similar charges for publishing leaked classified information. Julian Assange of Wikileaks with revealing government secrets under the Espionage Act
A . CNN Greece journalist’s car was destroyed by a homemade fire bomb The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the attack.
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Some colourful language got onto the
Sportsnet/CBC NHL playoffs broadcast.
Rogers has picked up the rights to the , and will be broadcasting the two semifinals and the grand final this month on OMNI and streaming it on OMNITV.ca. (ICI, the Montreal ethnic station that partners with OMNI and carries some of its programming, won’t be airing the shows because of scheduling conflicts, president Sam Norouzi tells me.) Canada isn’t participating (and so Canadians can’t vote), Eurovision song contest but Greece’s entry is sung by Katerine Duska, who was born in Montreal.
that hopes to finally solve the problem of how you properly measure the TV, online streaming and social media audience for a broadcast. Corus Entertainment has joined a group that’s developing a video measurement standard
Amazon is bringing its . Amazon Channels is sort of a cross between TV and streaming, offering subscriptions to services like HBO on an individual basis at different prices. Amazon Channels service to Canada, according to The Logic
. The exact games haven’t been announced, but those games won’t be available on TV. YouTube has scored the exclusive rights to 13 MLB regular-season games this season in the U.S. and Canada
. APTN workers voted 39-1 in favour of a new labour contract
, though there are no specific plans for future sports broadcasts on the network. They do want to do more sports in Indigenous languages though. APTN is still feeling the energy of its NHL broadcast in Plains Cree
APTN has started airing a French dubbed version of Mohawk Girls , called Belles, fières et Mohawks.
CBC has revived , six years after its last season aired. The show will air this fall, and contestants are to be announced. Battle of the Blades
Bell Media has greenlit a new sci-fi mystery drama series called . It will be broadcast by streaming service Vudu in the U.S. Bell doesn’t say where it will broadcast the eight-episode series. Albedo starring Evangeline Lilly
Bell Media has commissioned a new six-part documentary series for Crave, called . We’re All Gonna Die, about the various ways humanity could go extinct
Séries+ has announced its first original series since it stopped making them during a failed sale to Bell: Winnebago, a six-episode miniseries starring Guylaine Tremblay and Josée Deschênes, to air in 2020.
. Radio-Canada is working on a new comedy series that takes place in a universe where the Yes side won the 1995 Quebec referendum
. Netflix’s first original Quebec production, a film called Jusqu’au déclin, has finished filming
. Netflix and other foreign streaming services paid the Quebec government almost double what it was expected to in sales taxes, according to La Presse You know that lawsuit that was obviously inevitable from Bell after the
TVA Sports debacle? Yeah, it’s happening. Bell wants $150 million, for being forced to offer Sportsnet for free, the additional work for customer service, the misleading ad campaign that tried to blame Bell for cutting the signal, and Pierre Karl Péladeau breaking a confidentiality agreement by revealing the wholesale rate that Bell TV paid for TVA Sports. There’s also a separate class action lawsuit in the works by Bell subscribers.
J-Source has a story about . It’s using a similar system that Global put in place a decade ago, though it’s not going as far as Global did in terms of centralizing on-camera functions. TV newsroom automation, and CBC’s efforts to implement it
. RDS’s 85 or so newsroom employees have been accredited as a union
Jimmy Kimmel is bringing back . All in the Family and The Jeffersons for a primetime special Radio
The . Nominees include Toronto Life (19), The Walrus (14), L’actualité (9), Nouveau Projet (9), Maclean’s (9), Hazlitt (8), the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business (7) Maisonneuve (6), Fashion Magazine (5), Canadian Geographic (5), Cottage Life (5) Dînette magazine (5), The New Quarterly (5) and The Site Magazine (5). National Magazine Awards nominations are out
. The latter, which owns Le Soleil, Le Droit, Le Nouvelliste, Le Quotidien, La Tribune and La Voix de l’Est, La Presse and Groupe Capitales Médias are seeking more bailout money from the Quebec government says it could run out of money by the end of summer.
Métro Média, the company that owns Métro in Montreal and the former Transcontinental community weeklies on the island, is launching a new free magazine aimed at people over 50, called Nouvelle Liberté.
. ESPN The Magazine is shutting down its print edition
. It gets more revenue from online than print, and getting money directly from readers has helped a lot in getting to this point. The Guardian in the U.K. has finally stopped losing money Online
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CBC freedom-of-information specialist . Dean Beeby has retired from the Ottawa bureau
. They are being bought by him personally, and not by Quebecor. Pierre Karl Péladeau, CEO of Quebecor, is buying the remnants of the bankrupt Téo Taxi, including the Montreal taxi companies it bought, Taxi Diamond and Taxi Hochelaga Péladeau was interviewed by Esther Bégin for her CPAC show. It focuses mainly on Péladeau’s career path and the intersection of his personal and professional life.
Part 1, Part 2.
. Marc-Olivier Brouillette is the new play-by-play analyst for Alouettes games on TSN 690 He gave an interview to the station when the hiring was announced. He replaces Bryan Chiu, who left during the season last year because of family issues and has since gone back to coaching.
. Anne-Élisabeth Bossé is Véronique Cloutier’s summer replacement on Rouge FM’s afternoon show in Montreal
. Jeff Douglas, formerly of As It Happens, is the new host of Mainstreet, the afternoon show on Radio One in Nova Scotia
. Nabil Karim, formerly of TSN, has joined ESPN
. Simon Coutu is leaving Vice Quebec
Political reporter . Elise von Scheel is now permanently at CBC’s parliamentary bureau
Amir Nasrabadi, former president of Pixar Canada, has been hired to head up animation at DHX Media, which owns Family Channel.
Stephanie Myles, a former Montreal Gazette sports reporter who has been writing about tennis since leaving it, was the target of Genie Bouchard’s fans after the tennis player tweeted “ fake news” at Myles’s report that she was taking time off the court to get healthy. Two weeks later, Bouchard confirmed the news herself, saying she was rehabbing her “ab”. Réjean Tremblay writes about how unfair that was to Myles. Gazette Alouettes reporter
Herb Zurkowsky, on leave to be treated for bladder cancer, is in the middle of six weeks of immunotherapy treatment.
Quebecor columnist after comments that were deemed transphobic. Richard Martineau got blocked from Facebook for three days
Radio broadcasters . Boyd Kozak of Winnipeg and Bob Ridley of Medicine Hat are being inducted into the Western Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
. Krzysztof Pelc of Montreal has won the CBC Short Story Prize . Jacques Lemaire is the winner of the Radio-Canada French equivalent More RTDNA award announcements:
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FPJQ, Quebec’s journalist federation, is organizing a weeklong festival of news media, with various talks and exhibitions related to journalism, April 29 to May 5.
A . Conservative Party fundraising campaign asked supporters to rate major media outlets based on how biased they are against conservatives The town of
Outlook, Saskatchewan says the local newspaper cannot ask it questions on behalf of citizens.
A Newfoundland and Labrador appeals court dismissed a contempt of court charge against , who acted as a journalist following a protest at Muskrat Falls that violated an injunction. Justin Brake* The Quebecor case against parody website
Journal de Mourréal went to court, and a surprise witness was RDI anchor Anne-Marie Dussault, who testified that a false story about her having a relationship with former minister Gaétan Barrette led to a lot of awkwardness from people who thought it was true. As Craig Silverman notes, the man behind this website also runs fake news site World News Daily Report. Its owner is arguing freedom of expression and freedom to parody, and says the website doesn’t make much money. Journalism awards announcements:
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federal government’s 2019-20 budget gives a bit more detail on its plans to subsidize the news (and particularly newspaper) industry, putting a total figure of $595 million on it. The budget introduces the concept of a Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization, whose exact criteria will be established by a panel of experts (it’s not clear who decides who these experts will be). But the criteria already laid out has issues. As Tim Bousquet of the Halifax Examiner points out, it disqualifies very small news operations right off the bat. The
Quebec budget, meanwhile, didn’t have much of interest to media. There was $25 million for Télé-Québec, and some nickels and dimes for various cultural projects. Also of interest is that the government will move to allow business registry searches by the names of administrators. The government is in a legal battle with the website Open Corporates because that website scrapes the official one and offers the name search function.
, with some Canadian partners on board including the Toronto Star, La Presse, CTV and Global. The service, which grows out of its acquisition of the digital magazine service Texture, Apple has announced a new subscription service for news costs $13 a month, and Apple will keep half that money. That deal wasn’t good enough for some organizations, like Le Devoir and the Globe and Mail, who make some content available on Apple News’s free service but aren’t part of the subscription tier.
CTV, CBC, Citytv and Postmedia have teamed up to broadcast the . It will be on all three TV networks plus OMNI, as well as CBC News Network, CTV News Channel, 660 News (Rogers) and CBC Radio One in Alberta. Global isn’t part of the group but Alberta leaders’ debate on April 4 has extensive election coverage plans of its own.
brought by the man behind Central European News, which a BuzzFeed investigation accused of being a purveyor of fake news. BuzzFeed has successfully defended a libel case A story by Craig Silverman and two other reporters called him the “king” of fake news.
The Globe and Mail looks at a case of a small , the kind of one-person operation that’s taking the place of discontinued local newspapers, and the challenge it faces when someone doesn’t like what’s written and decides to sue. community newsletter
, the biggest one being that we’ll no longer be using “per cent” as two words. Instead, the % symbol is to be used when following numerals, and “percent” can be used as one word in other contexts. The Associated Press has announced more style changes
Union protesters at an ABI plant in Bécancour, locked out for more than a year, harassed TVA Trois-Rivières journalist Patricia Hélie and made her fear for her safety. The union has called for calm.
Peel Regional Police have released complaints they received — including 911 phone calls — after an Amber Alert was sent out late at night. The child in question was found dead.
. The five-year deal ends in 2024. CBC employees who are part of the CMG union have voted 80% in favour of a new collective agreement The Wall Street Journal answers how the
National Enquirer managed to get Jeff Bezos’s sexts: from his lover’s brother, by paying him $200,000. ( He denies this, sort of.)
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The Associated Press’s blind republication of press releases on its website has gotten it in hot water after a press release with right-wing misinformation got published this way. The pages include AP logos and could easily lead people to believe they are AP news stories. Several Canadian websites also automatically post press releases, including the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, the Toronto Sun (and other Postmedia papers). The federal government is investigating itself after
queries from a Postmedia journalist about before it even responded to the journalist. Irving Shipbuilding were sent by the government to the company Exo, which runs Montreal’s commuter train network, has ended its agreement with free newspaper
24 Heures that distributed the paper in its stations. Quebecor did an access-to-information request and found an email suggesting the organization may have ended the contract because it was not happy with the paper’s coverage of its service. It’s unclear if that was the main reason, but Exo’s bosses have refused to explain themselves.
. Radio-Canada has cut nine jobs in its Atlantic offices
Finalists for the . The Globe and Mail leads with 20 nominations (including a sweep of the business category), the Toronto Star and La Presse have six each, and The Canadian Press has four. The Montreal Gazette has one nomination. National Newspaper Awards have been announced
RTDNA Canada has announced its regional award finalists ( East, Prairies, West). In the Central region (Quebec and Ontario), which gives out the awards April 6 in Toronto, Quebec nominees include:
18 for CBC Montreal
4 for CTV Montreal
2 for Global Montreal
2 for CBC Quebec City
1 for MAtv
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There was an element in the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould saga that related to the media: Wilson-Raybould alleges that the prime minister’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, told her that the government would
“line up” opinion pieces in newspapers to defend a decision to give SNC-Lavalin a deferred prosecution agreement. That comment set off a wave of denials in the media, with people like Toronto Star public editor Kathy English and this nameless St. John’s Telegram editorial writing that newspapers don’t accept such things. Former Harper communications head Andrew MacDougall and Globe and Mail media columnist Simon Houpt also pour cold water on the idea, though with some nuance. I kind of wish the industry was a bit less defensive about this, and undertook a dispassionate, open-minded review of how the political machine can influence opinion sections. The National Observer points to a similar case in Ontario where a woman was directly asked by the government to write an op-ed favourable to its changes to autism care. It would be naive to assume there’s no attempt to influence, and that attempts to influence will always fail. (Also, the op-eds that have since been published defending the government should come with reassurances that they were not ordered by the PMO.)
Atlantic Canada’s , with a $15/month cost to get around it. Its publications, which include the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, are also dropping the Canadian Press wire service (after it cut several Halifax employees), replacing it with Postmedia and Reuters. Postmedia has no publications in Atlantic Canada, and its predecessor Canwest tried to ditch CP and go with its own wires to save money before eventually deciding to sign up again. Saltwire Network is implementing a metered paywall system
A probably made up rumour about a “ has prompted a wave of news stories that have probably served to only propagate the idea in people’s heads and do more harm than good. Momo challenge” to get kids to take their own lives Canadian actor and comedian
Boyd Banks has apologized after repeatedly licking CBC reporter Chris Glover during a live TV hit. APTN reporter Kenneth Jackson has
a Twitter thread on the difficulties getting access to public documents at the . Thunder Bay courthouse Journal de Montréal editorial cartoonist Yannick Lemay (
YGreck) has apologized (kinda) after a cartoon depicting Jody Wilson-Raybould as wearing a stereotype of an Indigenous outfit for no apparent reason.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a construction company’s lawsuit against the . Globe and Mail should not be summarily dismissed as a SLAPP suit
Philippe Papineau at Le Devoir writes about . La Presse canadienne (The Canadian Press) and how the media business model crisis is affecting the wire service
A new movie about the , who’s responsible for much of the original reporting on the case. Rob Ford scandal does a good job of erasing Robyn Doolittle Apparently
Exo, the public company that runs Montreal’s commuter trains, doesn’t publish the agenda and minutes of its board meetings, and 24 Heures can’t get a hold of them.
A judge has ordered a journalist for Le Nouvelliste in Trois-Rivières to . turn over photos to a company involved in a lawsuit against the city
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FPJQ says 256 journalists submitted 422 stories for its 10 Judith-Jasmin journalism prizes this year, while 54 photographers submitted 213 photos for its six photography categories.
A Quebec Court of Appeal ruling has said that the . The case in question was dismissed anyway, but the ruling could set a precedent for such cases in the future. Quebec Press Act, which sets a time limit on when someone can sue a newspaper for defamation, does not apply to newspapers’ websites The act dates from 1929.
Some people were not crazy about CTV’s Omar Sachedina going to . Gerald Butts’s home and talking to his wife after he resigned from his position in the Prime Minister’s Office
The . Toronto Sun fell for a fake Gerald Butts Twitter account
, even though other cities are also experiencing snow-clearing problems and Montreal has received more snow and far more rain than in a normal winter. Montreal mayor Valérie Plante says her city is being used as a “punching bag” for its handling of snow clearing operations There’s a tendency at the
National Assembly for politicians to change their routines to actively avoid journalists. CAQ members are entering caucus meetings by the back door, and PQ members are holding their caucus meetings on a floor inaccessible to journalists.
Of the federal government’s total . advertising spending, about half went to digital ads, and more money was spent on Facebook than TV, radio and print combined
. Le Devoir has a new weekly newsletter summarizing the week at Quebec’s National Assembly UQAM’s student publication
Montréal Campus is actively avoiding using masculin nouns and adjectives when referring to groups of people. 12-year-old
Hilde Lysiak is putting journalists far older than her to shame with her reporting, filming a police officer threatening to arrest her. The story got national attention. The officer in question was disciplined in some way, but his employer won’t say how.
CARE International has created a list of the 10 most . under-reported humanitarian crises of 2018
A study by Northeastern University says viewers engage more with and include animation. The study itself TV news stories that are longer and more emotional actually re-edits some news stories to demonstrate, and frankly I’m not convinced by them. While some of the animations are very useful (like one of a train crash), others (like wacky transitions) add no information to stories, and the study doesn’t really address how much more work animation requires, while TV newsrooms are getting smaller.
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the . Jeff Bezos dick pic thing Here’s his post accusing the National Enquirer of trying to blackmail him. And here’s Canadaland noting the connections between Enquirer owner American Media Inc. and Postmedia (my employer). A
Saskatchewan Court of Appeal hearing into the provincial government’s challenge to the federal government’s carbon tax law will be televised, after various Saskatchewan media outlets pushed the court to allow live broadcast.
, which has essentially just used it to push readers to Daily Hive Toronto, though they Torontoist has been acquired by Daily Hive promise to “carry on the legacy” of the website.
The Canadian Press has made cuts, particularly in Atlantic Canada, with four layoff notices issued Friday to journalists there: Aly Thomson, Keith Doucette, Alex Cooke and Brett Bundale (a former Montreal Gazette intern). CBC reports that voluntary departures of more senior employees could save some of those jobs. Six positions are being cut in total. They also include Tara Deschamps at the business desk in Toronto. There were also, according to
Le Devoir, 11 cuts at (including Vice Canada Chris Toman) and two voluntary departures at Vice Quebec. There were also unspecified cuts at , according to the CAJ. Global News
, bringing journalist Marie-Ève Bédard back to Montreal. The Middle East will now no longer be covered full-time by the public broadcaster. Radio-Canada is closing its bureau in Beirut Gazette cartoonist
Aislin (Terry Mosher) caused a bit of a kerfuffle when he posted a rejected cartoon on Facebook and Twitter featuring a CAQ logo with a KKK-style white hood. Reaction started with why-is-the-Gazette-censoring-you and grew to anglos-hate-Quebec as the cartoon began being shared in the francophone sphere. It prompted stories by Radio-Canada, La Presse, Presse Canadienne and Énergie, discussions on Quebec AM, Daybreak and columns by Richard Martineau and Rima Elkouri, and a cartoon by Le Devoir’s Garnotte. Mosher now admits even he believes the cartoon went too far and never expected it to be published.
, which includes La Presse has rearranged its arts and lifestyle sections more books coverage through the week, and added some new columnists:
called Concordia University’s journalism department has started a new digital publication The City, fed by journalism students.
The New York Times is using donations to make its content available free to 3 million U.S. students.
in the Competition Bureau case against its newspaper deal with Postmedia. The Toronto Star is trying to block publication of documents it considers commercially sensitive A secret group of liberal journalists from France that has been
coordinating harassment of women has been exposed, leading to resignations, firings, suspensions and other fallout. Le Monde gives some background on it.
News about news
La Presse has launched its voluntary contribution initiative, starting up a website to allow people to contribute $5 or more on a monthly basis or give a one-time donation of an amount that they want. Saturday’s edition included a special section of mostly self-congratulatory articles, including an impressive list of investigations that resulted in major changes, as well as the behind-the-scenes story of one of those investigations, and some thoughts on what it means to be a columnist. It’s unclear how transparent La Presse will be about its donations, but its website says that donations are confidential unless the giving party consents to it being publicized. La Presse also published its journalistic standards and practices guide.
. The agreement is retroactive to 2016 and lasts until 2021, with a salary freeze until 2020 and a 1% increase the final year. The employee pension plan (the one that began when La Presse became a non-profit) will transition to a targeted benefit structure. The union will also have some access to La Presse’s financial information once a year, and employees will get an abridged version of that. La Presse’s workers have also ratified a new collective agreement It’s been
10 years since the start of the lockout at the Journal de Montréal. During a panel discussion on the future of media, Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau credited the lockout with saving the paper (and similarly the Journal de Québec, which also went through a lockout).
and is expanding its email newsletter offering. Le Devoir has started a new weekly news quiz It’s also added three new columnists: Normand Baillargeon (education), Émilie Nicolas (diversity) and René Vézina (business).
An agronomist with Quebec’s agriculture ministry has been fired after sharing documents with a Radio-Canada journalist and sounding the alarm about corporate interference in studies on pesticides. Despite being apparent retaliation against a whistleblower, the government is standing by its decision.
James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine, the men behind the . The judge didn’t buy their “but it was satire” defence. Your Ward News publication in Toronto, have been found guilty of promoting hate against women and Jews The woman who lives at the Toronto home where remains were found that led to
Bruce McArthur’s murder charges has some things to say about how she was treated by less professional journalists.
and The Telegraph has apologized paid “substantial” damages to Melania Trump after a magazine profile of her included many facts that both sides now say were untrue.
The 19 newspapers in Alberta’s . Great West Newspapers have joined the National Newsmedia Council
The and less with big web giants like Google and Facebook. Desjardins credit union in Quebec has rethought its marketing strategy in a way that encourages more advertising with local media Toronto Sun columnist
Anthony Furey may or may not be headlining a Conservative Party fundraising event. (It has since been cancelled.)
The . Among them is Charlie Fidelman, former Gazette journalist, who will get to do some reporting from Mexico. Fonds québécois en journalisme international has announced its second cohort of bursary winners
Freelance entertainment journalist . Phil Brown writes about how he has given up and abandoned that career
Montreal lifestyle freelancer Marissa Miller Kovac has some . tips for PR people on how to deal with journalists and freelancers in particular
The Washington Post on the demise of the , which spent hundreds of millions of dollars on its building and is finally realizing that its ambitions are unsustainable. Newseum in Washington