Print predominates for reliability; the value of slow news

Slow news - what a great experiment. For two months Farhad Manjoo, a New York Times reporter, relied only on print newspapers for news. His conclusion: not so much that newspapers were great, but that social was appalling. Here's an example: The Parkland, Florida school shooting happened … [Read more...]

Real news costs money; paying to subscribe will aid ailing industry

These are tough times for the news biz. $50 million over five years toward newsrooms in “underserved” communities was promised in last week’s federal budget. It’s not enough - not a fraction of what News Media Canada and others had suggested for the beleaguered news business. Some argue it’s not … [Read more...]

Discourse Media charts new course; in-depth reporting, avenues for action

Longer stories, avoiding pack journalism, ideas for actions related to the issues covered – that’s the promise of Discourse Media.  Their promise and their product. In a media world where exactly the opposite is available now, it sounds enticing. I learned about this platform today in a … [Read more...]

The Guardian succeeds using “carrot not stick”; new approach to journalism

Some years ago, while researching direct mail, I was intrigued to learn that long letters often yield better results than short ones. People wanted details. They liked learning the background of the cause – sounds strange but the stats backed this up. I just read about another of these … [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...]