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...]

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...]

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...]

The short life of The New Day; we can learn from innovative newspaper that closed after two months

Some people still believe in print journalism. Good for them I say. UK newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror, is among the believers. Although they may have tempered their enthusiasm recently. In February Trinity Mirror launched The New Day, a 40-page daily aimed at women ages 35 to 55 in … [Read more...]