This year has been (another?) dire year for media in Canada.Alongside the continual trickle of layoffs, downsizings and closures, the Canadian media landscape was hit by a succession of gut-punching announcements to kick off the new year.In January, TorStar Corp. announced the closure of its Vaughan, Ont., printing plant and the layoff of Star Touch contract journalists from its newsroom.The week after, Postmedia Network pulled the rug out from journalists working in Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver as what were two competing newsrooms were shotgun-married into a single newsroom — a decision that carried 90 layoffs and buyouts. Neither decision alone comes to meet the pending need to pay down debt.The week after that, Rogers Media announced that 200 positions would be eliminated from its print and broadcast operations, touching magazines, television and radio operations across Canada. This matched an almost-identical decision by Bell Media in 2015.In the space of a January week, daily newspapers ceased publishing in Nanaimo, B.C., and Guelph, Ont.Our panelists, moderated by CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey, will start from the depressing state of the industry and move into a discussion on what could be done to allow journalists to keep doing what they want to do: Keep Canadians informed about the things they need to know happening in their country, province and local community.
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by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 2:18:25 PM
Good morning! Welcome to our first liveblog from #CAJ16.
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 2:22:39 PM
Today's panel asks: what the heck is happening in journalism? Our speakers are Charles Lewis, tenured professor and the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication;Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism; Margo Goodhand, former editor of the Edmonton Journal and the Winnipeg Free Press; and Mary Agnes Welch, who left journalism to become a pollster in 2016, joining Probe Research in April.. CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey is moderating.
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 2:26:52 PM
So—what has gone wrong?
Welch says that one of the problems is that journalists do not talk about themselves enough, and why it is important that we do the work we do.
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 2:27:44 PM
Nurses, graphic designers have television ads promoting the work they do, notes Welch. Why don't journalists?
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 2:30:32 PM
Banaszynski said when Spotlight won the Oscar, she broke into tears. Days after, her brother told her he saw Spotlight, and realized that's what journalists do. That's what that made the movie important.
"I'm the poster girl for media consolidation:" Margo Goodhand #CAJ16
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 2:37:33 PM
Lewis says it is always frustrating that the public doesn't know what it is journalists do.
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 2:39:48 PM
Taylor-Vaisey polls the room: who does email interviews? A few people raise their hands.
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 2:41:21 PM
Welch says that it isn't just over email. A lot of interviews happen over Twitter direct messages. It can sometimes be necessary, depending on the person. Not everyone has phone access.
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 2:43:19 PM
Banaszynski says that corporate sources will use email sources as a form of control—the interviewee has the control in that case. Goodhand adds that in a conversation, you can add more. There's an ebb and flow.
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by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 3:13:40 PM
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Banaszynski sees this all the time with sports writers—they do public interviews. Why doesn't that happen with news?
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 3:14:27 PM
The New York Times does Times Insider, if you are a premier subscriber, where reporters write about how they did a certain story. "One of those things we're missing," is how to be personal, says Banaszynski.
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 3:15:53 PM
Welch and a friend from the CBC do a weekly political meet-up—and everyone comes, even politicians. That is what newspapers should create.
by Andrea Huncar CBCvia twitter5/27/2016 3:19:30 PM
It's time for audience questions. What do we do about the bad reputation the media seems to have earned lately?
Goodhand notes that people do focus on the media whenever anything goes wrong. It's not the media—it's social media. That's not professional journalism. "To me, professional journalism is being maligned in a way that is not fair."
by H.G. Watson5/27/2016 3:32:22 PM
When Welch thinks about the idea of a trust or foundation taking over a newspaper, she thinks it might work for a large national paper. But what about smaller papers like the Edmonton Journal? She thinks that there may need to be some sort of community ownership.
J-Source LivePeople drawn to journalism live it and love it for the lifestyle and the rewards of keeping their communities informed, engaged and affecting change.It’s not really about the money, right? But it is — investigative journalism takes time and time is money. Having a journalist as watchdog on every council, board, commission and public agency is near-impossible to do for free.As layoffs at major media of every stripe and platform seen unending, will we reach the age where no one in Canada is willing to pay for journalists to do the work that fulfills our critical roles in a participatory, democratic society?Looking beyond Canadian media owners, the sources of revenue that can be tapped to allow for the sustainable, independent journalism to continue and grow are few. We don’t have foundations in Canada providing no-strings-attached funds. Are we limited to the online crowdfunder?Our panelist(s) will speak about how they worked to find the money to fund the journalism they wanted to do, on both sides of the border.
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