2011, in errors

Craig Silverman of Regret the Error, a blog that Poynter recently acquired, has published his annual roundup of notable media errors. It provides many reminders about the importance of careful reporting and editing, as well as laughs (with a dash of schadenfreude). Taking the prize for typo of the year is the “Osama/Obama” mixup, which […]

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

A “brave” experiment: Brunswick News puts faith in pay wall

Brunswick News, owner of nearly all of New Brunswick’s print newspapers, is going to start charging readers to access its content online. The Chronicle Herald‘s Brett Bundale reported on Friday that the company would activate a “hard” pay wall on its online newspaper editions today. Brunswick News owns 10 French-language weeklies, six English-language weeklies, and […]

Posted on December 5, 2011 at 11:15 am by editor · 8 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Au revoir, Rue Frontenac?

  Rue Frontenac launched in winter 2009 as website for locked-out workers at the Journal de Montreal, offering union information on the conflict between the paper and its unionized workers that began in January 2009. The site also posts general news, offering those locked-out journalists an outlet for their work. A print edition of Rue […]

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Final decision handed down in latest Robertson class action suit

For better or worse, the ongoing series of “Robertson v. _____” cases continues. On May 2, a final decision was handed down in the case of “Robertson v. Proquest, Cedrom, Toronto Star Newspapers, Rogers and Canwest.” (This decision comes after a tentative settlement reached this January.) Heather Robertson and Kirk Baert of the firm Koskie […]

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

CWG’s Derek Finkle on Nino Ricci’s letter to the Globe

We asked Derek Finkle, founder of the Canadian Writers Group, which represents independent writers, about typical compensation for freelance travel writing and whether it’s common for dailies to leave an invoice unpaid for six months, as the Globe did in Ricci’s case.

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 8:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Nino Ricci gives the Globe a thrashing

In an open letter to the Globe posted on his own site, author Nino Ricci feigns concern for the paper’s financial situation while castigating them for failing to pay him for a travel story published six months ago.

Posted on March 23, 2011 at 11:01 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Not all news jobs are created equal

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, in its own words, a “a nonpartisan ‘fact tank,'” released its State of the Media Report for 2011, an attempt to evaluate the robustness of media in the U.S.

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm by editor · 4 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

La Presse to go digital-only

In the face of declining print subscriptions and optimistic praise for digital publications such as The Daily, Montreal daily La Presse has announced it intends to move to an online-only format within three to five years. It will be the first major daily newspaper to carry out such a transition. As part of its multi-million-dollar […]

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Canadians do like their newspapers

A column on Moneyville is bullish on newspapers. David Olive reports that 77% of Canadian adults read a print or online version of a newspaper at least once a week and newspaper readership has gone up by 3.7% in the last five years. Not only that, but people in the “top ten” markets spend 3.8 […]

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