Now on J-Source: Top journalism stories of 2013; Toronto Star reporter sues Mayor Rob Ford; Queen's Journal claims student government cut advertising after an unflattering editorial

Dec 19, 2013, 16:25 ET from Canadian Journalism Foundation

TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ -


The top journalism stories of 2013
It was a year of major upheaval for the journalism industry. J-Source rounded up the biggest journalism and Canadian media stories of 2013—from the so-called "Crackgate" saga to Sun News Network losing its bid for mandatory carriage to the cancellation of five newspapers' Labour Day print editions.

Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale continuing with libel suit despite Mayor Rob Ford's apology
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologized to Star reporter Daniel Dale during a city council meeting, saying he did not mean to suggest Dale was a pedophile. But the reporter says Ford's statement didn't come close to being a sufficient apology and retraction, and he intends to continue with his libel suit. Associate editor Tamara Baluja reports.

Queen's Journal claims student government cut advertising after unflattering editorial
The relationship between student newspapers and student governments is often complex, but when the Queen's University Alma Mater Society decided to pull advertising from The Queen's Journal, the relationship became particularly strained. The AMS maintains that the decision was made for financial reasons, while the editors at the Journal thinks it was because of its unflattering coverage of the AMS. Student Lounge editor Mary-Katherine Boss reports.

Andrew Cash's urban worker strategy bill tackles unpaid internships
The NDP MP wants Ottawa to create strong, national legislation to tackle unpaid internships. His strategy seeks to get the federal government on track to clarify its rules and encourage the provinces to commit to a single, strict standard that outlines how employers can take on interns, writes Justin Ling.

The future of community journalism spells economic survival of rural communities
Local news media can and should be seen as playing a critical role if rural communities hope to be resilient in the face of economic upheaval, writes J-Source innovation editor Rob Washburn in the final part of this three-part weekly series on community journalism. 

Crowdsourcing tips on Canadian Broadcasters Facebook group
Trying to improve your storytelling or looking for some tips on how to kick your camera work up a notch? Look no further than Canadian Broadcasters—a Facebook group created by two photojournalists that is crowdsourcing constructive critiques. CTV photojournalist Simon Jones explains why he co-founded the group. 


                                                IN THE NEWS

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•     Toronto Star Master Glass: Shooting in low light
•     Can a journalist also be an activist?
•     CBC ombudsman: When providing a source's credentials, how much is enough?
•     Star public editor: Who should be called "Dr."?
•     Ed Greenspon leaves Star Media Group
•     CBC London correspondent Ann MacMillan retires
•     Monique Beech named Sun Media's digital content director
•     Does Alberta's Bill 45 threaten media freedom?
•     Doug Ford says Toronto Star Daniel Dale's lawsuit is attempt to sell newspapers
•     Everything a journalism professor should be: Carleton's Catherine McKercher retires
•     Exploring new channels for journalism education over Twitter
•     Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale serves libel notice Mayor Rob Ford, Vision TV for libel
•     Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale: "Rob Ford is lying about me, and it's vile"
•     Toronto Star Master Glass: How to shoot hockey
•     Deadline approaching for Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award
•     The Rob Ford fiasco contains many lessons for journalists



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