Bharat’s Pocket Scraps – June 23

Things I read that I found share worthy this week


A picture of a jeans front pocket with daisy flowers sticking out of the pocket

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps – June 16

Things I read that I found share worthy this week (and some previous weeks)


Several rows of old school card catalogues at a library

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…


An 18th Century painting of the great fire of Salem, by Salemer Klosterbrand.

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…


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 …


A close up of an old typewriter keyboard

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..


The word "news" in quote marks has been written lightly over top of a light grey textured paper.

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…


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…


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 …


A sign with bullet holes in it says to keep out, private land

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…


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…


Booth and Bones pose in front of Medussa

The Evil Woman trope

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