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Panels of illustrations from the Great Moon Hoax of 1835.

More nuanced theories of journalism needed

A good theory of journalism helps us understand what media are not journalistic. And, equally important, a theory helps us understand what unconventional kinds of media are journalistic…

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A newspaper is an index

What does an Auto Trader, a phone book, a card catalog, a post office, a mall map, Google and a newspaper all have in common…

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Salvaging trust: confronting journalism’s deep wrongs

News orgs make a big deal about fixing typos and issuing corrections. But what if there’s a much deeper trust problem…

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Canadaland podcast issues a racist headline: Ezra Issues A Fatwa

Racist trope: fatwa as act of villainy

I’ve become numb to racism in legacy media in Canada. But to see Canadaland unthinkingly repeat a racist trope angers …

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Journalism techniques for avoiding criticism

There is a kind of journalist that pretends their work is beyond criticism. It’s an art form. Here’s a rough taxonomy of techniques..

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My friend is voting for Donald Trump, because reasons

So much media that passes as journalism isn’t, and this election has demonstrated the power of television and “news” in a remarkable and nauseating way…

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Famous press release: Nederlands: Perskaart Wim Simons, De Dom.1948

Media should always link to press releases

Canadian journalists and other forms of media types rely on press releases written by public relations pros and the problem can be easily fixed by…

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Colby Cosh says Stephen Marche is a cunt

That time Colby Cosh called Stephen Marche a cunt: casual misogyny among Canadian journalists

In which Colby Cosh calls Stephen Marche a cunt, and then Jonathan Kay and Stephen Marche and Andrew Coyne totally miss the point …

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Why Queen’s Park Today might not be journalism (yet)

Some thoughts regarding what counts as journalism particularly as it relates to Queen’s Park Today, and subscription news that arrives by email…

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Toronto Star seems to want to make sure that nobody knows who Barbara Davidson is

Toronto Star still getting the facts wrong about Pulitzer Prize winning Canadians

The Toronto Star continues to be wrong about “Canada’s only Pulitzer-prize winning journalist”. Yes, Paul Watson won a Pulitzer. But Barbara Davidson has two…

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The Evil Woman trope

In which the Evil Women trope is discussed. Women are over-represented as evil villains, murderers and criminal masterminds …

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The Christians storm the beach during the crusades and capture a city of Muslims

No one has a right to not be offended

When critically considering a given piece of journalism, we might ask ourselves, was it informative? was it engaging? was it helpful? So it’s rather sad that others, when faced with criticism, are inclined to ask simply, was it legal?

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Cognitive bias and the backwards bicycle test

The backwards bicycle is a hilarious and damning insight into the challenges of understanding and resisting deeply ingrained ways of thinking and doing…

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White journalists sit around a busy news room, black and white

Yes, journalists are* responsible for their headlines

Unfortunately, headlines are, often enough, hyperbolic, clickbaity, misleading, having secondary content, racist, priming, inappropriate or ill-judged. Engaged readers will complain to the author. The author, enraged with righteous indignation, will bark, “I didn’t write the headline…

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What are your priors?

Maybe Bayes theorem can help right wing commentators better understand, and respect, the language of privilege …