Good-bye to witty word man Bill Walsh. Copy editor was “undisputed king” of his craft

The world is down a copy editor - and we are all the poorer for it. Bill Walsh of The Washington Post, described by the American Journalism Review as “the undisputed king of copy bloggers", died last month in Arlington, Virginia. He was 55. The Post's obit described those in Walsh's … [Read more...]

Good news in media world; Washington Post profitable, traditional reporting valued

It's not all fake news and buy-outs. Traditional reporting skills still matter. There is some good news in the media world today. Take the thriving Washington Post. Bought by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in October 2013, speculation swirled on what lay ahead for the then-stuggling paper. At the … [Read more...]

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...]