When do you listen to public radio? Likely not in your self-driving car

Will self-driving cars kill public radio? Or at least do it some serious harm? On a recent trip to Arizona I kept watching for a driverless car to sail by - but no luck. The state's straight roads and consistent, balmy weather have made it a natural choice for companies like Google, Intel and GM … [Read more...]

Monthly print paper defies trends, poised to launch in Toronto

Slow print, small run, mighty and true - that's the opening text on the website for the soon-to-be published West End Phoenix, a not for profit real-live print newspaper being launched in Toronto next month. It's been cooked up by Dave Bidini, a name some will remember as main man in Canadian … [Read more...]

Digital always is guiding principle at new innovation lab

A start-up at CBC’s French service, Radio-Canada, is demonstrating diverse ways of innovating from within. RC Lab was created when Xavier Kronström Richard, then working in television news, got inspired by a visit to interactive conference South By Southwest. On his return he went straight to his … [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...]