Mon, 13 November 2017
Is local media doomed? We speak to three entrepreneurs who are making a go of it with three very different models.
Dave Bidini publishes the West End Phoenix, a recently-launched, print-only monthly newspaper that covers west Toronto.
Jeff Elgie is the CEO of Village Media, a digital-only company that provides hyper-local news to nine small communities, mostly in Ontario.
Jeremy Klaszus is the founder and editor of The Sprawl, a Calgary news site that practices "pop-up journalism."
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Category:general -- posted at: 1:24am EDT
Wed, 8 November 2017
CBC's flagship TV newscast The National is revamped with a four-host format and released into the world.
The Paradise Papers reveal what the Toronto Star calls a "worldwide shadow economy worth trillions of dollars." But the Financial Post's Terence Corcoran thinks the whole thing is just "another cheap shot at the wealthy." Find extensive reporting on the leak at The Star and the CBC.
A white photographer at a concert refuses to listen to Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimentia's calls to make space for brown girls. Some crucial details are missing from the initial reporting.
Freelance reporter Sarah Hagi co-hosts.
Sarah's Twitter: @geekylonglegs
Mon, 6 November 2017
“Objectivity for the sake of objectivity often means make sure that the powerful always get their say. And sometimes Caesar shouldn’t have his say. Sometimes the truth is just true.”
As a foreign war correspondent, Jeremy Scahill revealed secret military campaigns in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia that resulted in congressional investigations. His books Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army and Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield were widely celebrated and he could have gotten a high-profile job in mainstream media. But instead, he became a founding editor of The Intercept, a news outlet dedicated to "fearless, adversarial journalism." He hosts their podcast, Intercepted.
Jeremy Scahill talks about excoriating mainstream networks on their own platforms, who Canada is killing overseas and why he hopes the media is learning lessons right now that they will carry beyond Trump.
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am EDT
Wed, 1 November 2017
A series of media scoops have shown that some politicians are actually rich people who want to keep their money.
Bernie Sanders comes to Canada to tell us about our healthcare system.
The government has been debating the so-called Ghomeshi rules, new legislation that would change how sexual assault cases are dealt with in court.
BuzzFeed News Washington correspondent Paul McLeod co-hosts.
Paul's Twitter: @pdmcleod
Mon, 30 October 2017
Adam Gopnik lived out a certain Canadian fantasy. He left the country and became a prominent New York intellectual. He writes about the move in his new book, At the Stranger's Gate.
He talks about how New York has changed, whether it still has anything to offer to dreamy exiles, and the bright side of Canada being run by a small pool of political elites. Jesse tries to keep up.
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am EDT
Wed, 25 October 2017
Quebec passes a racist law.
A bunch of media outlets ran a story that used video manipulation and questionable translation to make it look like an imam was calling for the slaughter of Jews. After he lost his job, his reputation was ruined and there were hateful protests at his mosque, Toronto Star --who ran the original story-- exposed the dangerous flaws of the early reporting.
Student leader Masuma Khan faced censure from Dalhousie University for a vulgar, anti-Canada 150 Facebook post and some of the usual free speech purists are conspicuously silent.
And we address listener questions about a weird story in Fast Company about Casper and the online mattress industry.
Massey journalism fellow Naheed Mustafa co-hosts.
Naheed's Twitter: @NaheedMustafa
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT
Wed, 18 October 2017
The Conservative Party leader walked away from a scrum when pressed about his campaign manager working in far right media company The Rebel's office during his campaign.
We look at the language around Gord Downie's death.
And there are a lot of unanswered questions in the story of freed hostage Joshua Boyle.
Freelancer and former VICE reporter Justin Ling co-hosts.
Justin's Twitter: @justin_ling
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT
Wed, 11 October 2017
An "unprecedented national collaboration" between The National Observer, Global, The Toronto Star and more exposes the dangers of sour gas in Saskatchewan. But as OurSask.ca points out, they forgot to mention the CBC broke the story two years ago.
The Globe and Mail pillories the Liberals' tax plan.
CBC journalists find creative ways to criticize the CBC.
The National Post's Jen Gerson co-hosts.
Jen's Twitter: @jengerson
Thu, 5 October 2017
Co-host Omar Mouallem lives in the Edmonton neighbourhood where the terror attack took place over the weekend. He discusses what he saw in the news versus what he saw in real life.
On Jagmeet Singh's first interview with CBC's Power and Politics as the NDP's leader, Terry Milewski takes the opportunity to grill him about the Air India bomber.
The takes are in for the Government's #DigiCanCon plan, AKA The Netflix Deal, to revamp the Canadian content industry.
Omar's Twitter: @omar_aok
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:49am EDT
Sun, 1 October 2017
When we found out the Trudeau Government was selling armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, despite their terrible human rights record, there was little public debate. When a professor launched a bid to stop the deal, the Federal Court rejected it, saying there was no proof that the vehicles were being used against Saudi citizens.
Then this summer, videos surfaced that appeared to show that Ontario-made combat vehicles were in fact being deployed against Saudi civilians. That news barely made a splash.
The Globe and Mail's Steven Chase has been following this story closely - and is one of few reporters who have been covering it at all. You can read all of his reporting at the Globe and Mail.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT