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Your homework for today: readings from the RRJ

I’m working mornings the next couple of days, which means when I’m not working I’m either asleep or in a semi-comatose state, so to make up for the lack of posts here’s some reading material from the Ryerson Review of Journalism’s spring 2009 issue:

The most interesting one is Lora Grady’s piece on the battle of Canadian news websites (I was interviewed for this piece though I’m not mentioned in the online version, still it stands as the only time I’ve ever been contacted by a fact-checker). The piece is spot-on on a lot of things, such as the fact that CBC.ca got a head start on its online operation and until recently handled elections (or at least election results) a lot better than the private sites. It also points out that sites like the Globe and Mail have played catchup and have a lot more long features and just-for-web multimedia content. And yet, there’s a bitterness over the fact that CBC.ca gets more traffic than those private sites.


RRJ explores MédiaMatinQuébec

MédiaMatinQuébec's final issue: August 8, 2008

MédiaMatinQuébec's final issue: August 8, 2008

The spring issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism has an article by Carolyn Morris about the labour conflict at the Journal de Québec, and the MédiaMatinQuébec free daily put out by stiking and locked-out workers 317 times over 15 months (No. 317 is shown above).

Of interest to those who have read everything I’ve written about the conflict is a bit of back story about how the paper began, including the lengths union leaders had to go through to make sure word of their project didn’t get to their employer.

Sadly, when the labour conflict ended, the website was shut down, taking all the paper’s archives with it. The Wayback Machine has managed to store some web pages, mostly from the fall of 2007, and eight PDF versions of the printed paper, including a 16-page special edition devoted entirely to the sudden death of Quebec City Mayor Andrée Boucher.