Wed, 5 October 2016
Maclean's is going from weekly to monthly, as Rogers Media scales back its print magazines. Co-host Paul Wells of the Toronto Star spent a long time working for Maclean's. He joins Jesse to talk about whether this is just smart business or the beginning of a slow death--and why it matters.
A few high profile journalists (including Paul) are leaving Twitter. Where does the platform stand and is it necessary to a modern journalist?
Sun, 2 October 2016
When Jean Charest was a paid agent of an energy company he had a secret meeting with the government pipeline regulator, who then lied about it. Mike De Souza reported it all for the National Observer. He and his publisher talk about their independent investigation.
Wed, 28 September 2016
Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente offers a half-assed apology to Newfoundland and also still has a job for some reason. Minister Maryam Monsef is being questioned over her birthplace. Canadian streaming service Shomi is giving up the battle.
Vice columnist and CBC Newfoundland contributor Drew Brown (no relation to Jesse) co-hosts.
Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_87_Cant_Compete_Wont_Try_the_Shomi_Story.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm EST
Wed, 21 September 2016
Justin goes to New York, where the fawning coverage continues.
It's another rough week at The Walrus, with a controversy over owl sex and a story getting challenged by its sources.
BuzzFeed's Ishmael Daro co-hosts.
Wed, 14 September 2016
Things are looking bad for Canada's biggest newspaper. The Toronto Star is letting people go, ads are creeping into stories and they're selling their own brand of coffee. Plus, they recently ran a dangerously misleading front page headline about immigration.
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly admits the cultural system is broken, but claims Canadian content is great.
Freelance journalist and former Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan co-hosts.
Colin's twitter: @cfhorgan
Wed, 7 September 2016
There's already speculation about who will replace Peter Mansbridge at The National, but the bigger question may be how relevant CBC's top anchor job is anymore.
The CRTC loosened the rules about how to define Canadian TV. Now they're reviewing skinny basic TV packages. Is Canada's traditional TV industry coming to an end?
Media writer Steve Faguy co-hosts.
Steve's Twitter: @fagstein
Read our piece on Mansbridge's salary.
Wed, 31 August 2016
We delve into the discussion about Israel and the Canadian media after Postmedia pulled down an editorial about BDS and the Green Party.
And is it okay for MP Michelle Rempel to shame comedian Mark Critch over a joke?
COMMONS hosts Vicky and Supriya join Jesse.
Supriya's Twitter: @supriyadwivedi
Vicky's Twitter: @vmochama
Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_83_Oh_God_Fine_Lets_Talk_About_Israel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm EST
Sun, 28 August 2016
Answers to some of the questions about reporter Raveena Aulakh's suicide. How much did the Toronto Star know about its "toxic" workplace and what did they do about it? Financial Post reporter Sean Craig shares the findings of his investigation.
Direct download: Ep.148_-_What_The_Hell_Happened_At_The_Toronto_Star.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm EST
Wed, 24 August 2016
Was the Tragically Hip's final show the ultimate Canadian experience? And what was the value of finally seeing the Rob Ford crack video?
Freelance journalist and author Stephen Marche co-hosts.
Stephen Marche's Twitter: @StephenMarche
Read Stephen Marche's piece New Yorker piece on the Tragically Hip here:
Wed, 10 August 2016
Justin Trudeau’s nipples are all over the place. The Toronto Star invests in a digital strategy by laying off journalists and IT workers.
The National Post’s Jen Gerson co-hosts.
Read Jen’s piece on the Prime Minister and his nipples here: