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Now on J-Source: Sun Media cuts 200 jobs; Diversity of media ownership non-existent in Canada; J-Source launches new photojournalism section

December 5, 2013

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ -

FEATURES

Sun Media cuts 200 jobs

Sun Media announced it will cut approximately 200 positions across the
company, of which one quarter will come from editorial. These latest
cuts follow another 360 job losses earlier this year, in addition to
the closure of eight publications and three free dailies. Associate
editor Tamara Baluja reports.

Diversity of media ownership literally non-existent in Canada

The fewer the media outlets, the fewer choices Canadian journalists have
in terms of full-time, part-time and freelance employment. Dwayne
Winseck, director of the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project
and Carleton University journalism professor, says the content produced
by journalists is being undervalued as consolidation through
acquisition puts media companies in debt. Paul Fontaine reports.

Why we should care when a community newspaper shuts down

Many scholars argue the importance of community journalism to democracy
and citizenship, often separately from the business decisions. The
historic tension between public service and economics is longstanding.
But what if there is another set of lenses beyond journalism, political
economy, communications theory and other traditional disciplines to
shed light on the significance of news media in rural Canada?
Innovation editor Rob Washburn reports in this three-part series on the value of community journalism.

Catching up with the photojournalist behind the iconic Oka standoff
photo


The University of Regina’s Mark Taylor will edit a new section dedicated to exploring issues about photojournalism in Canada and offering tips and advice from some of the best in the business.
We’re launching this section with a Q&A with photographer Shaney Komulainen, who took the iconic shot of a Mohawk warrior in a standoff with a
Canadian soldier at the Kanesatake reserve in Oka, Que. It’s a
behind-the-scenes look at how Komulainen got the shot and how her life
has changed since then.

The Unknowable Country: Why aren’t journalists pushing governments for
more transparency?


Canada’s newspaper editorial writers and columnists seem reluctant to
discuss the country’s problematic access-to-information system. The
Unknowable Country columnist Sean Holman wants to know why.

J-Source and ProjetJ move to a new financial structure in January

While all of the financing is not yet in place to cover the Canadian
Journalism Project’s three-year transition to a not-for-profit entity,
we are close enough to our goal to be confident that we can launch the
new structure for J-Source/ProjetJ successfully in January, writes CJP
publisher Christopher Waddell.

J-Source is putting together a list of the top Canadian journalism and
media stories of 2013. Send us your suggestions at
info@j-source.ca.

IN THE NEWS


        --  2013 CJFE Gala: A Night To Honour Courageous Reporting
        --  What we lose when newspapers give up on beat reporting
        --  Ryerson Review of Journalism launches 30th anniversary commemorative
             ebook
        --  Globe and Mail media reporter Steve Ladurantaye joins Twitter Canada
        --  Why the fifth estate created an animated documentary
        --  Chatelaine seeking web, copy editing and editorial interns
        --  Toronto Star Master Glass: How to use an on-camera flash
        --  Black Press shuts down Abbotsford/Mission Times
        --  CJF J-Talk on celebrity journalism: Guilty pleasure or real news?
        --  Toronto's Watergate? The inside scoop on how the media exposed Rob Ford
        --  Globe public editor: What five questions about Rob Ford do you want
             answered?
        --  Globe public editor: Stories with grammatical errors are not formally
             corrected
        --  Star public editor: When transparency trumps independence
        --  CBC ombudsman: Elections change the rules on balanced reporting
        --  CBC ombudsman: Is unlicensed daycare story fair to licensed daycares?
        --  The Tyee embarks on its campaign to go national
        --  Crystal Goomansingh joining Global Toronto as weekend anchor
        --  Live chat on internships: No pay, no gain?
        --  Reporter arrested for third time at Elsipogtog
        --  Toronto Star Master Glass: How to shoot quietly during a funeral
        --  CBC Connects: A talk on courageous reporting
        --  Postmedia Network outsources printing of Vancouver Sun and The Province
        --  CBC ombudsman: In ongoing coverage, balance can be achieved over time

EVENTS CALENDAR

        --  Dec. 5: Verve Magazine and Website Launch
        --  Dec. 8: The Cartooning for Peace Exhibition
        --  Dec. 8: PWAC Ho-Ho-Holiday Party
        --  Dec. 10: Making the Most of Online Analytics
        --  Dec. 12: ACJA Holiday Mingler
        --  All events

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

CJF News: Check out the event report for last week’s J-Talk on celebrity
journalism: Guilty Pleasure or Real News? with photos, liveblog and more.

Save the date: On January 23, the CJF J-Talk will focus on the latest in newspaper
business strategies with Phillip Crawley, publisher of The Globe and Mail; John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star; Gerry Nott, senior vice-president of the Eastern region for Postmedia Network; André Pratte, editorial pages editor for La Presse; and moderator Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. More
details available soon at www.cjf-fjc.ca/j-talks.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation


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