2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2010. That’s about 17 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 102 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 413 posts.

The busiest day of the year was January 20th with 78 views. The most popular post that day was Canwest papers: break em up and let local values thrive.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, tymcm.blogspot.com, google.ca, bigextracash.com, and holeinthebucket.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for media law canada, paul godfrey, canwest, canadian media law, and canadian trade magazines.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Canwest papers: break em up and let local values thrive January 2010


Where to study media relations in Canada May 2008


Media Law and Regulation May 2008


Journals and trade magazines May 2008


In the News, 2nd edition: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada April 2008


Losers lead winners in Canadian mags

Masthead, counting online line as well as traditional magazines, finds that the difference between new launches and dead magazines is -20, the first time in a decade that magazine world has lost more titles than it has gained. Of all traditional media, magazines with their long lead times have found it the hardest to compete with the web.

J-Source, May 17 2010

Familiar dread at CanWest

The dread of convergence hangs over the “new” CanWest whose newspapers have been bought out by a consortium led by National Post publisher Paul Godfrey. Here’s some of the language that’s making me nervous:

“An integrated, multi-platform news and information company

Our potent brands are composed of a pan-Canadian mix of major metro newspapers, the National Post, a wealth of superb digital properties and community newspapers.

This Canadian solution has limitless potential and will prove to be most rewarding for all of our stakeholders.”

Eh? Why don’t we go the whole nine yards on cliched business/convergence bafflegab and talk about “leveraging content by launching from multiple media platforms.”

Godfrey et al plan to take this public in a few months. Who would invest in a company with a history of taking its stock from $22 a share to 22 cents a share, and bankruptcy, particularly when it espouses the same business “strategy” that blew it up in the first place?

Canadian Internet use continues to rise

Stats Can released a report today that the use of the Internet by Canadians continues to rise, from 73 per cent of Canadians in2007 to 80 per cent in 2009. The West leads the way, with Calgary and Saskatoon at 89 per cent, and Edmonton, Victoria and Ottawa Hull at 86 per cent. Youth continues to be the lead user, followed by seniors who are slowly adapting to the web. A plethora of stats follow, and you can click on the CTV summary below or the full Stats Can report. Didn’t see much about platforms: are people accessing the web on their cell, Ipod, Blackberry, work, school or home computer.

CTV, May 10 2010

Stats Can, May 10 2010

Supreme Court nixes source confidentiality in Shawinigate case

Today the Supreme Court ruled 8 – 1 that the National Post doesn’t have a blanket right to protect a journalistic source, citing the need for other rights, like the right of a publicly accused person to defend him, to supercede confidentiality. It’s not as sweeping or definitive as its ruling last December on defamation, but it makes clear that journalists can’t assume confidentiality of sources, and that future cases will be determined on a case by case basis, juggling the right to protect a source from other rights. CBC has a  nice summary, and if you’re really keen, I’ve linked to the ruling itself.

CBC, May 7 2010

Supreme Court, May 7 2010

Good day for Torstar, bad day for Newsweek

Torstar reported a profit of $7.4 million for the first quarter, moving the newspaper group back to profitability (its 2009 1Q was a loss of $21.4 million.) Most of the profit came from cuts, of which more are apparently under way, bad news no doubt for the newsroom (how about laying off overpaid, underproducing executives, where you could save some real money.) Anyhoo, its bid for the CanWest papers proceeds, even though Torstar owns 20 per cent of CTVglobemedia; wonder what the Competition Bureau would say about its also owning CanWest papers? Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports Newsweek magazine is on the block, as all newsmagazines suffer the reality of reporting seven day old news in the Internet age.

Report on Business, May 6 2010

Al Jazeera English coming to Canada

AJE has reached agreement with BCE, Rogers and Videotron to be carried on their cable/satellite operations (AJE has already received CRTC permission to broadcast in Canada). This is good news: another news medium and one that is distinctly more international than The parochial and understaffed North American networks, cable or otherwise. AJE is not to be confused with AJA, Al Jazeera Arabic, which has been charged with anti-Semitism and support for Al Quaeda. It’s worth a look, but I’m sure Canada’s Jewish community will be scrutinizing it very carefully for the kind of biases its sister channel takes.

Report on Business, May 5 2010