Now on J-Source: Ethical concerns over Vancouver Sun's supposed handling of Amanda Todd story; Toronto Star pays for Ford video; How Postmedia covered the Senators suspension debate

Nov 14, 2013, 10:01 ET from Canadian Journalism Foundation

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ -


Vancouver Sun's supposed handling of Amanda Todd coverage raises ethical questions

The Vancouver Sun won the 2013 Jack Webster Award for Best Reporting of the Year in Print for its coverage of Amanda Todd, who committed suicide after posting a video about being bullied. But a blog post by Todd's mother, Carol, in Huffington Post Canada that described how the Sun's stories came about and her relationship with the reporters raised some eyebrows. Langara College journalism ethics professor Ross Howard explains how the Sun, Carol Todd and Huffington Post Canada responded, while Mount Royal University journalism professor Brad Clark looks at some of the ethical concerns this issue raised.

How Postmedia live-blogged the senators' suspension debate

In this behind-the-scenes look, Postmedia News reporters Jordan Press and Mike De Souza explain how they tag-teamed to cover the rapidly evolving senators' suspension debate. They explain the technical and logistical problems they encountered along the way, as well as the techniques that served them well.

Should media pay for news?

The Toronto Star insisted the $5,000 purchase of the video showing mayor Rob Ford saying he wanted to kill someone was different than if it had bought the crack video. In this case, the money went to a good family with no criminal connections, and the Star decided to grab the video before it disappeared like the crack-smoking video nearly did. But what about the ethics of chequebook journalism? And is it really the same thing as paying a citizen photographer? Langara journalism professor Ross Howard offers his take. 

Halifax's News 95.7 faces upheaval after Rogers Media layoffs

News 95.7 is reeling from 11 layoffs and programming changes on Tuesday that turned its schedule on its head. The news talk radio station will lose the popular Maritime Morning and Maritime Morning Weekend Edition shows. Natascia Lypny reports. 

Covering council: how to survive as a rookie reporter

Municipal politics can be a tough beat to cover, especially for a new reporter. Katie Starr, the council reporter for Norfolk News in southwestern Ontario and recent graduate of Western University's journalism program, offers her tips to get through.



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