April 19, 2012 in debates
Thomas (TL) – The short answer is because they are no longer the gatekeepers to the news. The 20th century model of the mass media speaking to a mass audience has fragmented and broken down. Accelerated by the Internet, there are now opportunities for everyone to become part of the news. The Internet has changed the model from one-way communication into a two-way discussion. That has massive implications for journalism as it means members of the public can become agenda-setters and producers of news; they can perform acts of journalism. When Sohaid Athar tweeted about the raid on the Bin Laden compound in Abbotabad was it an act of journalism? Of course. Does that make [...]
April 11, 2012 in debates
On Monday, April 16th the CRTC will begin hearings to evaluate the progress and impact of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF), implemented in 2008/2009 to stem the evacuation of local programming amongst Canada’s “non-metropolitan” television stations. It is fortuitous timing then that the Journal Strategies Conference should parallel the LPIF hearings, since both are concerned with the future of news and information in our country. Indeed, while Journalism Strategies seeks to address the “role of professional journalism in our democratic lives,” the primary goal of the LPIF is to “ensure that viewers in smaller Canadian markets continue to receive a diversity of local programming, particularly local news programming” (CRTC 2008-100, par.359) With this in mind, we [...]
March 21, 2012 in debates
“This video captures the democratic spirit and sequence of events that led to the establishment of Canada’s community television policy in the late 1960s. Canada was the first country to formally recognize and give both policy and funding support to community television (as opposed to community radio, which had existed much earlier.) The points it makes are as relevant today as they were then… the irony is that this sector is all but defunct now, as a result of a decade of neglect by that same (formerly visionary) CRTC.” – Cathy Edwards - Spokesperson, Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations
March 14, 2012 in debates
On March 5, the NGO Invisible Children uploaded a video to Youtube campaigning for the capture and arrest of Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord charged with conscripting tens of thousands of child soldiers for his Lord’s Resistance Army. Promoted by celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey, KONY2012 was watched over 70 million times over the course of a single week, a record-breaking number of views for an advocacy video.1 During the same time period, over 500,000 viewers purchased Invisible Children’s “action kits” (a packet containing a bracelet, t-shirt, brochures and posters), raising $15 million for the organization. U.S. President Barack Obama and ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo praised Invisible Children’s efforts and expressed their [...]
February 27, 2012 in debates
Kai Nagata offers his take on how the CBC should tackle the future: abandon television and move online.
February 20, 2012 in debates
At this time a year ago, the Egyptian people were considering their country’s future after a popular revolution that toppled the autocratic regime that had governed the country for decades. Though it was just one chapter in the story of the Arab Spring, Egypt’s Tahrir Square became the focal point of media coverage of events happening across the Arab World. The world watched. It watched on television. It watched on YouTube. And tweets from the ground complemented traditional newspaper articles. Even as news editors were deciding whether to dispatch correspondents, the events on the ground in Egypt were being coordinated via Facebook and images of violent repression of protests were tweeted to audiences around the world. It [...]
February 4, 2012 in Video
Robert Hackett discusses his upcoming presentation on journalistic objectivity and transparency.
January 30, 2012 in Policy
I find “crisis” is a big, overused word. I think it’s the right word though to use to talk about the point of the Journalism Strategies conference, “Deliberation, Diversity, and Dollars: Public Strategies for Journalism in the Canadian Media Ecology.” I can hear my friend Michel saying dryly at this point (while looking over the rim of his pint), “Define crisis.” In everyday language a “crisis” tends to be an enormous problem that’s arrived and needs to be dealt with immediately. As in the “economic crisis” or the “crisis in journalism” – two crises that have been closely linked in the past few years. To me this suggests an element of accident: the problem has dropped on us, out of nowhere [...]