Government pix prevail in world of depleted newsrooms, reduced access for media

Get this: when Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister, the only pic his official photographer regularly distributed was the Mulroney family Christmas card. The photographer's role was to gather and document material for posterity. My how times have changed. PM Justin Trudeau's official … [Read more...]

Deep Work touts value of concentration in a tweet-happy world

Here's a telling challenge - can I sit and write a blog post about Cal Newport's book Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World without letting myself get distracted? Here's one of his premises - we have become so habituated to quick bursts of stimulation that as soon as things … [Read more...]

Vice News Tonight; glimpsing the future of news?

"Global news, analysis, and opinion on the absurdity of the modern condition." Sound like a news outlet that catches your attention? It's the tagline for VICE Media - and the company just might be showing us the future of news. VICE Media started life in 1994 in Montreal - aimed at … [Read more...]

Campaign trail truths; Noah Richler’s tell-all tale revealing and fun

A testament to good intention. That's how I see Noah Richler's tale The Candidate; Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. The book chronicles Richler's recruitment then run for a Toronto-area NDP seat in the 2015 federal election. He didn't get elected, but he did get astonishing insights on … [Read more...]

“Trump bump” at the New York Times; readers embrace The Times in a post-truth era

Daily subscriptions to The New York Times have leapt up more than ten times since last month's election of Donald Trump. Some days as many as 10,000 new subscribers hit the buy button. This number was previously more like 600 a day. What's that all about? I have a few theories - listed … [Read more...]