Posts Tagged ‘journalism’

Student journalism is important 

Editor’s note: Names of communications staff were deliberately withheld. It is not the intention of this article to unfairly attribute the silence of an organization to individual choices or agendas. We are aware the communications staff are doing difficult jobs to the best of their ability. Since this article has been written they have also been…

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Four years at the Dal Gazette

Welcome to the Dalhousie Gazette’s last issue of the 2016-17 school year. This year marked a huge change to our paper – one of the biggest in its 149-year history. Over the course of the past eight months we halved our number of issues to focus on quality instead of quantity. We created a brand…

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Decolonizing the media

As journalists, we hold a responsibility to change the way we approach and report on Indigenous affairs, and decolonize the media. This is what the 12th annual Joseph Howe Symposium sought to learn more about. The University of King’s College presented the Jan. 14 Symposium to further the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Call to Action #86,…

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What CP doesn’t tell you

Journalists must understand the importance of asking subjects for their preferred gender pronoun. (Photo by Bryn Karcha)

I hate asking my interview subjects for their names. I’m terrified of spelling an interviewee’s name wrong, so I force myself to ask for the spelling. I hyperventilate even if the subject’s name is an apparently simple Sarah Smith, because she might spell “Sarah” without an “h” at the end, or spell it a way…

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Why investigative journalism still matters

A group of award-winning journalists shared their cloak-and-dagger investigative tales at the 10th annual Joseph Howe Symposium. The Coast’s Tim Bousquet talked about how he took down Halifax’s former mayor. “The world is not as pretty as it’s made out to be,” says Bousquet to a crowd of mostly young journalism students. “Cultivate a cynicism.”…

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Platforms like Wikinews allow the public to weigh in on news stories. (Alice Hebb photo)

The 21st century—the epoch of technological revolution—has given rise to a uniquely modern style of journalism.  Current event stories used to be the domain of those with formal journalistic education, but technological advances have enabled regular citizens to fulfill the role of the journalist. Modern technology empowers people to capture the nuances of their own…

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I won’t make you pay to read this

The spread of paywalls will push those looking for news to other sources. (Adele van Wyk photo)

A friend recently questioned my disinterested suspicion of this new attempt to fund traditional news sources. He asked, wryly, whether it may simply be arising from my sulky anger over The Globe and Mail’s recent establishment of a paywall. In short, yes. It does. But the extreme subjectivity of my position (aside from being part of the…

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OpenFile freelancers still without pay

Community-driven news source OpenFile has failed to pay freelance writers from Halifax and across Canada for work published  before the company ceased operations in September. The popular news site  says it is ‘on pause,’ but has reportedly been shut down due to financial difficulties. OpenFile used a novel approach to journalism: the community submitted ideas…

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Flicks Review: The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

Adapted from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, The Rum Diary mixes the beauty of Puerto Rican landscape and the oh-so-dreamy Johnny Depp with belligerent alcoholism and American capitalist imperialism. Depp stars as Paul Kemp, a journalist who moves from 1950s New York to write for major English newspaper The Daily News in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While…

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