Internship a valuable step-up in journalism world; make positions short-term or paid

They went away - but now they're back and I'm glad. I'm talking about magazine interns. A few months ago, amid much garment-rending about exploitation and labour law infractions, two Ontario magazines were ordered to stop using unpaid interns. The same story is unfolding across the country in … [Read more...]

Niche papers in print – here today, here to stay?

A stack of papers called BC Craft Beer News recently caught my eye in a coffee shop. "Free, so buy your friend a pint" it says on the front page. It's an upbeat, 16-page tab all about the "promotion, growth and enjoyment of ... brewing culture in BC". On a road trip in the States last week I … [Read more...]

It’s – 30 – for the Kamloops Daily News

Newspapers are sometimes referred to as the "daily miracle" - so I'm always sad when I hear another is closing. Here in BC, we are losing the Kamloops Daily News after 80 years of producing their daily miracle. I like to think I played an infinitesimal part in the making of that miracle. I did it … [Read more...]

USA TODAY prepped us yesterday for digital deluge of today

I was staying in a hotel in California when USA TODAY founder Al Neuharth died several months ago. I'm not saying this is one of those "where were you when..." moments, it's just that this particular hotel supplied USA TODAY to us guests so I'd become accustomed to reading it. Then Neuharth … [Read more...]

North of 60 newspapers going strong, despite dire news down south

Stop the presses. Recent reports of the shaky state of the newspaper business may apply to the Globe and the Washington Post but newspapers in Canada's north are thriving. On a recent trip to the Yukon I was heartened to hear and read evidence of community papers doing nicely. When you think … [Read more...]