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Now on J-Source: Calls to suppress Rolling Stone cover ‘should make any journalist queasy;’ Closing community newspapers represents a dark trend; Crowdfunding platform Vourno expands to Canada

July 25, 2013

TORONTO, July 25, 2013 /CNW/ -


OPINION: Calls to suppress Rolling Stone cover ‘should make any
journalist queasy’

By Lynn Cunningham

Rolling Stone’s cover of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sparked
widespread debate, but Lynn Cunningham says most of the critics likely
never read the article — which is “a masterful piece of investigation
and storytelling.” The Ryerson University journalism professor and
former magazine editor argues it would have been less controversial if
the suspect “hadn’t appeared so attractive,” but still, calls to
eliminate the cover from the public should be concerning for all

Closing community newspapers represents a darker and more serious trend

By Robert Washburn

The impact of Sun Media closing eight weekly community newspapers is
substantial, an act that can be seen as a canary in the coal mine for
the news industry. Journalism professor Robert Washburn argues that
while major urban news media continuously hold the attention of the
public, academics and journalists, the issues facing rural Canada are
both unique and universal.

Write up to women, not down: A response to a study that shows women
don’t care about ‘current affairs’

By Shannon Rupp

Here’s a theory that could help newspapers win their most lucrative ad
audience back: Perhaps editors should pay more attention to studies of
what women actually do instead of relying on what market researchers
say they do, argues The Tyee’s media columnist Shannon Rupp. Stats show women have more formal
education than men and prefer long, narrative reads. Rupp says those
stats suggest “your female audience is smart and you’d better be
writing up to them, not down.”

Crowdfunding platform Vourno expands to Canada

By Eric Mark Do

If you want to raise money for a video journalism project, you could
look to crowdsourcing platforms such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter, or,
the newest platform: Vourno. It allows journalists to raise money for
video news stories. It also wants to become an independent news network
for video journalism. Founder Joseph Verdirame gave J-Source a rundown
of what Vourno is all about as the company enters the Canadian market
and just as the platform had its first participant successfully reach
his funding goal.

Gary Mason’s influence in the sport of politics

By Cara McKenna

Gary Mason’s articles have helped to prevent mayoral candidates from
getting elected, exposed controversial deals with the provincial
government and uncovered secret negotiations. Cara McKenna examined The Globe and Mail’s Western Canada columnist’s career and some of the controversies along
the way, in an article from the Langara Journalism Review.


        --  Picture Change exhibit features 100 of the best photos from Canada's top
        --  Enrolment in journalism programs increasing in a challenging media
        --  CBC and Radio-Canada won't air TV commercial criticizing federal
             influence on public broadcaster
        --  Are journalists keeping up with real-time journalism?
        --  Remembering Linda Lewis
        --  Tributes stream in for Gina Mallet
        --  Kim Fox joins ScribbleLive as content director for Scribble Market


        --  July 16-November 11: Photosensitive Picture Change exhibit
        --  August 21: Globe Recognition: Hot Docs Foreign Dispatches
        --  August 22-23: AMPA Summer Editing Intensive
        --  All events

J-Source and ProjetJ are projects of The Canadian Journalism Foundation in collaboration with leading journalism schools and organizations.

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