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When Ken Alexander co-founded the Walrus in 2003, he wanted it to be a left-leaning literary magazine that also functioned as an educational charity. Now he says The Walrus has lost its way, strayed from its editorial mandate, abused its staff and violated its charitable obligations. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:19pm EST

BuzzFeed’s Scaachi Koul returns to yell at Jesse. 

 

Today's topics: Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey and Torstar Chair John Honderich use their platforms to insult each other. Toronto police officer James Forcillo is found guilty of the attempted murder of Sammy Yatim. Gregory Alan Elliott is found not guilty of criminally harassing Stephanie Guthrie and Heather Reilly on Twitter.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:39pm EST

Last week, Postmedia laid off 90 journalists from newsrooms across Canada, months after absorbing the Sun newspaper chain. What if a slow, painful death was the plan all along? The National Observer's Bruce Livesey weighs in on the implosion of Postmedia.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:07pm EST

The New York Times declares Canada is hip, while the Prime Minister's wife breaks into song. Three men are cast into suspicion by the press for taking video at a mall. Job losses continue at Postmedia after President and CEO Paul Godfrey emails the wrong guy about a secret meeting. Omar Mouallem returns as co-host.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EST

Do media unions protect journalists at the expense of journalism? Do they make it impossible for struggling news orgs to survive? Do they protect older workers at the expense of the younger generation? Nora Loreto, author and union activist, talks about what place organized labour might have in today's media. 

Direct download: Ep.117_-_State_of_the_Unions.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:13pm EST

Postmedia plans cuts as their advertising plummets. The CBC's James Cudmore joins the Department of National Defence after reporting on leaks from that same department. And are we having the right conversations about Canada's arms deal with Saudi Arabia? 

 

National Post's Jen Gerson co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

Do Canada's legacy news orgs have digital strategies? Do they make any sense? Is profitability online even possible? 

Three of today's panelists held top digital jobs at Canadian news orgs. Chris Tindal was the director of Project Development at Postmedia (now he's at Buzzfeed.) Tessa Sproule was the CBC's Director of Digital (now she's at Vubble, her startup.) Craig Saila was the head of digital design at the Globe and Mail. Our fourth panelist is Joshua Benton, Director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:29pm EST

The Trudeau government failed to hit the refugee targets promised during the election campaign, but maybe Canadians would rather just feel nice about ourselves again. Elsewhere, reporters are using cringeworthy semi-nude photos and salacious language to accompany stories on sex abuse. Buzzfeed's Lauren Strapagiel schools Jesse with magical results.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:01pm EST

It's a brutal time for the Canadian television industry and it's about to get worse. After March 1st, the CRTC is forcing television cable providers to offer consumers a "skinny basic" package capped at $25 or less. By the end of 2016, all specialty channels will be offered on a "pick and pay" basis. This new structure threatens to eliminate niche channels that have been supported by the bundling system, and in turn, will impact the amount of money spent on CANCON. VMedia Executive George Burger discusses the shifting landscape of Canadian television - from the internet, to cable and beyond.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:28pm EST

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