Globe, UBC in unique partnership

The Globe and Mail continues to experiment with new models of journalism, this time partnering with UBC’s School of Journalism to have the students prepare a web video to complement the Globe’s current series on food. UBC’s already won an Emmy for its international work, pretty good for a student body. Wonder why no other J-schools are being as creative?

UBC, Nov. 22 2010


Convergence: back to the future

Haven’t we seen this movie before, ten years ago? BCE bought CTV, and Torstar sold its share of the Globe to the Thomson family. All this in favoring of leveraging content over multiple platforms. I’m not sure why it’s going to work this time, after failing so spectacularly last time. I guess there’s a pent up demand from people who want to watch Avatar on their one-inch square cell phone. If I’m a shareholder of BCE, I’m selling.

Globe shows Postmedia how to do multimedia news

The Globe proudly reports today its been nominated for an Emmy award in the category of new approaches to news and documentary programming, along with the New York Times, Reuters, San Jose Mercury News and, for its multimedia series Behind the Veil, and investigation into womens’ lives in Afghanistan. The Globe’s multimedia team assembled reporters, photographers, interpreters, web designers etc. to create a six part series featured in the newspaper of course, but simultaneously launched on a website with opportunities for extended interviews, new interviews of commentary in response to the story, and community outreach, that lasted far longer than the newspaper features.

So, Postmedia is back where it was 12 years ago, handing out camcorders to print reporters, suggesting they shoot something and put it up on the web, primarily it seems as an afterthought. The Globe and others are pushing the boundaries of technology to enhance and expand traditional newspaper storytelling and journalism, while Postmedia still seems to be stuck in the technological dark ages.

Globe and Mail, July 16 2010

Globe, union reach tentative agreement

Both sides looked over the abyss and stepped back. Despite its “final offer” last week, a mediator found enough room for both sides to save some face. Ratification on Monday; don’t think it’ll be a problem. No details till then.

Reuters, July 3 2009

Globe/union get extension till Thursday midnight

Typically, once a final offer is on the table bargaining stops, and the next step when the final offer is refused is strike/lockout. The Globe and Mail and its union, though, have opted for mediation, to the above deadline. It doesn’t mean a deal is imminent though; a mediator first has to determine whether there’s room for negotiation (if not, the mediator then files a report that the two sides are deadlocked). Assuming there is, most mediators want both sides to give up some demands before filing a mediation report recommending a contract. Then both sides have to vote on that contract. At this point, I’m betting on lockout or strike. Since there’s a media ban on this (nice how the media exempt themselves from the usual coverage they provide) we likely won’t know till Friday morning what the result is.

CP/Canoe, June 29 2009

Union rejects Globe final offer

A strike or lockout at the Globe as early as Thursday is possible as the CEP local at the Globe and Mail rejected what management described as its final offer. While there is some talk of the sides going back to the table on Tuesday, it’s difficult to do so after one side has tabled what it calls a final offer. There is some possibility of mediation/conciliation, in which a third party steps in to try to bring the two sides together. I’m not sure what the Globe’s strategy is on this; the National Post could make some gains if a Globe strike/lockout make it the only “national” newspaper left (I hesitate to call it a national newspaper when it doesn’t provide home delivery in six provinces — Atlantic Canada, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.)

Reuters, June 27 2009

Globe gets strike vote

There are still a couple of bargaining dates to go, but the CEP local at the Globe has given the bargaining committee a 97 per cent majority vote to go on strike. Many rollbacks (at least according to the union; management isn’t talking) and a 7.2 per cent pay hike over 6 years. That would kill it for me; inflation is expected to roar back with a vengeance next year, as government money pumps it’s way into the world financial system. The current contract expires June 30, but under Canadian law the existing contract is in place after expiry until a new one is signed, so there’s no immediate fear of a strike.

Canadian Press, June 20 2009