Now on J-Source: Rob Ford decision day; Sun editor responds to cuts criticism; Blacklock's accreditation controversy

Nov 28, 2012, 17:11 ET from Canadian Journalism Foundation

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ -


Roundup: Reporting the Rob Ford decision
On Monday morning, Justice Hackland rendered his decision on Rob Ford's conflict of interest trial: Ford was found to have violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and has been ousted from office after a 14-day period. The Mayor intends to appeal the decision. Belinda Alzner rounded up how Toronto City Hall reporters covered the story.
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Parliamentary Press Gallery issues Blacklock's Reporter accreditation after controversy
Blacklock's Reporter just wants to sit alongside the Vietnam News Agency. And it looks like it'll get its wish. Justin Ling reports from Ottawa, where the Hill's newest online news source thought for a time that it would face trouble gaining its Parliamentary Press Gallery accreditation.
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Town Hall
Sun Media cuts: Toronto Sun editor James Wallace responds
Toronto Sun editor-in-chief James Wallace responds to a feature run by J-Source last week in which Rob Granatstein lamented Sun Media's 500 job cuts. Wallace says that newsrooms are hardly being gutted, though the cuts they've made haven't been without pain, and that Sun's restructuring comes in response to "an industry caught mid-evolution between old traditions and new realities."
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Covering Violence and Trauma
Telling the stories that have to be told - those of the most vulnerable
How do you give voice to the voiceless without damaging them in the process? Paula Last reports from the recent CAJ event on interviewing trauma survivors, explaining how journalists can be sensitive when telling their deeply personal stories.
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Town Hall
TV news is here to stay: J-Talk with Canadian broadcast executives
Television news is here to stay, but in an age of instant information, networks must provide more than just the scheduled newscast to keep their audience engaged. Eric Mark Do reports from the recent CJF J-Talk, where a panel of Canadian broadcast executives discussed why their networks are still the sources people rely on, and why the industry is not ready for Internet-only broadcast.
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Students' Lounge
Lessons from a j-student: 'We, as journalists, are all in this together'
J-school students know their future jobs as journalists carry risks, both physical and emotional. After a recent Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma workshop, Katie Starr explains you don't need to travel halfway across the world to experience the risks that come along with being a journalist.
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» Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award now accepting applications
» Andrew Lundy resigns, David Skok now acting director of
» The Globe's parent company will sell land, scraps plan for building that would have housed new HQ for paper
» Sun Media cuts: Former editor laments, current editor responds
» More Magazine editor undergoing treatment for leukemia


» CBC reports on Winnipeg media, an Ikea party and the issue of freebies
» Recap: A Samara Q&A with Sasha Issenberg on political campaigns and journalism
» Roundup: Rob Ford, the morning after
» Upcoming journalism job/internship program deadlines
» The Grid's Sue-Ann Levy profile: Twitter fights, hashtag mistakes and the controversial columnist's less-public side
» Recap: CJF J-Talk with broadcast executives


Good summation.

But I believe I further wrapped my criticism of the three network honchos and the lack of storytelling in their newscasts around the proposition that social media, Twitter, Facebook and "citizen journalists", offer facts but by their very nature can't and don't offer reasoned understanding of those facts.

Only traditional storytelling can bring that vital understanding. It's by far the most efficient method of passing on information and meaning, one to the other, that humans have ever invented.

Reader: Tim Knight
Article: TV news is here to stay: J-Talk with Canadian broadcast executives

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