Star nixes comments; can you blame them?

There used to be a twitter account called @avoidcomments. Unlike comments, it's a great read, with tweets like: Were truer words ever spoken? At the end of their monitoring tether, the folks at the Toronto Star acted on this unhappy state of affairs earlier this week by announcing they were … [Read more...]

“Better future for news” says former Globe editor Stackhouse

"There's still time, and plenty of reader interest and journalistic resolve, to forge a better future for news." This sanguine view belongs to former Globe & Mail editor John Stackhouse, in Vancouver recently to promote his latest book, Mass Disruption, Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a … [Read more...]

Spotlight is ‘nerdy process movie’ that shines light on hard-working hacks

Spotlight is a gripping portrayal of the Boston Globe's erratic-yet-dogged progress toward uncovering a sex scandal within that city's Catholic church. While I wasn't fond of the the story it related, I loved the way it told the tale. The movie relates how this revealing, Pulitzer-prize winning … [Read more...]

The future is now in Montreal daily scene; La Presse surges forward into digital format

To the surprise of many - including apparently the printer - Montreal's daily La Presse announced last week that it will move to a digital-only format every day but Saturday on January 1. As one wag remarked in the comments section of the Globe's coverage, sales of hand soap are sure to drop … [Read more...]

Getting your MoJo; news orgs incorporating mobile journalism

I met a reporter in Washington, DC  a few years ago who did all his field work on his iPhone. Fascinating. The approach has been gaining momentum - it's efficient, it's cheaper than sending two people (or more) out on stories and many say it leads to better storytelling. The smartphone - in … [Read more...]