Shrinking newsrooms equate decline in newspaper quality

The Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism put out a report today (The Changing Newsroom: Gains and Losses in Today’s Papers) that documents the continuing decline in reporting staff at US newspapers, concommitant with a decline in news quality, particularly foreign news. Papers are smaller with much more competition for news space. Pew suggests more internet; why not stories of what people want to read about, rather than the rather hidebound traditional news beats (crime, politics, sports.)

Pew Research Center, July 20 2008

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Injunction over Web libel sets precedent

Defamation is defamation is defamation, regardless of what type of media it appears in. Bloggers have successfully been sued before; this BC case sets out some new parameters by the extent to which the blogger has been prevented from any further comment on the plaintiff.

Globe and Mail, July 19, 2008

CBC officially unfazed by social media

The CBC has argued to the CRTC that social/new media don’t present a threat to it. It may actually be right, for those of you who’ve read Our Lives in Digital Times (2006, downloadable from StatsCan’s website), which demonstrates that “old” media continue to exist quite happily with new media. There is a strong marketing component behind new media that continually depicts it as the wave of the future that will destroy old media. Facts do not bear this point of view out.

CBC blog, July 18 2008

China promises unlimited, but limited, media access for Olympics

AP reports that Chinese officials are promising foreign media unlimited access during the Olympics, except for Tibet, and access to Tianamen Square is still uncertain. It still will be interesting if this high-level “guarantee” will be respected by officials on the ground.

Associated Press, July 17 2008

Social media popular for Canadian browsers

Blogger Glen Farrelly has surveyed the top 100 sites Canadians like to surf, and found that 45 per cent involved some aspect of social media.

Webslinger, July 11 2008

Can Corn Cob Bob save Harper’s media strategy?

The PM has announced that 33-year old Kory Teneycke will be Stephen Harper’s new director of communications, replacing lawyer Sandra Buckler, a lightning rod for discontent amongst Ottawa and political media. It will be interesting to see if she can mend that relationship. Harper’s micromanaging style, though, may mitigate whatever good feelings Mr. Teneycke may generate amongst media.

Globe and Mail, July 10, 2008

Human rights org. itemizes China’s crackdown on media

Human Rights Watch details many instances of Chinese authorities harassing, beating, detaining, following and otherwise refusing to live up to its Olympic commitment of a free press prior, during and after the Olympics. In 2001, when it bid on the Olympics, China promised the international media would enjoy “complete freedom to report when they come to China.” Maybe their fingers were crossed when they made that commitment.

Globe and Mail, July 7, 2008