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Killing CBC will not save newspapers

It’s a little late to blame CBC for print’s demise.

Posted on 21 April 2015 and filed under CBC, journalism, Prince George

Journalism 2015

So yesterday, 241 people at CBC stations across the country, including a few I know, were told their jobs are “redundant”. That brings the total for this year alone to 1,400 cut jobs. I remember when I started at CBC. We had tens of millions more in our budget. We had a robust slate of […]

Posted on 17 April 2015 and filed under articles, big, Canada, CBC, journalism, main


Remembering a broadcasting legend.

Posted on 2 April 2015 and filed under articles, big, journalism, main, personal, Prince George

Against beautiful journalism

Felix Salmon, in Reuters: “Today, when you read a story at the New Republic, or Medium, or any of a thousand other sites, it looks great; every story looks great. Even something as simple as a competition announcement comes with a full-page header and whiz-bang scrollkit graphics. The result is a cognitive disconnect: why is […]

Posted on 21 March 2015 and filed under journalism, links, outbound, small

What made Serial unique? It admitted journalists are human, too

I’ve finished listening to Serial now, and am onto the Serial thinkpieces (you can find most of the worthwhile ones via Nick Quah’s Hotpod Newsletter, editions 1-12). Most are full of praise, but there is a fair share of criticism, as well. After reading a few critical pieces, I felt prompted to Tweet this: A lot of […]

Posted on 22 December 2014 and filed under articles, journalism, main

The Sony Hack and the Yellow Press

Aaron Sorkin: “Do the emails contain any information about Sony breaking the law? No. Misleading the public? No. Acting in direct harm to customers, the way the tobacco companies or Enron did? No. Is there even one sentence in one private email that was stolen that even hints at wrongdoing of any kind? Anything that […]

Posted on 18 December 2014 and filed under journalism, links, misc, outbound, small

Real Audience

As a follow-up to this post about Gawker’s attempt to focus on promoting their original journalistic voice rather than chasing Facebook likes, I wanted to share my own strategy here in my own little corner of the journalism world. Daybreak North is a show about northern British Columbia, its people, politics, and culture. That, to […]

Posted on 11 December 2014 and filed under journalism

Gawker, journalism, and the “slaves to the Facebook algorithm”

As tempting as it is to mock Gawker, Buzzfeed, et al I think it’s wiser to pay attention to how they fare at carving out a new model for journalism in the digital age.

Posted on 10 December 2014 and filed under articles, big, journalism, main

Why BuzzFeed Doesn’t Do Clickbait

Ben Smith: “If your goal — as is ours at BuzzFeed — is to deliver the reader something so new, funny, revelatory, or delightful that they feel compelled to share it, you have to do work that delivers on the headline’s promise, and more. This is a very high bar. It’s one thing to enjoy […]

Posted on 20 November 2014 and filed under journalism, links, outbound, small

“News should be what people don’t know about yet”

Jesse Brown, and the courage of journalism.

Posted on 3 November 2014 and filed under journalism, links, outbound, quotes, small

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