Last year's email deletion scandal in B.C. reveals a government culture of secrecy that threatens to cripple Canada's free information laws
On November 20, 2014, Tim Duncan received an access to information (ATI) request. As executive assistant to the minister of transportation and infrastructure, he was asked for all records relating to the Highway of Tears, a 724-kilometre stretch of B.C.’s Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert where, by some estimates, over 40 aboriginal […]
Journalists should tell the victim's story
A husband and wife who lived in downtown Toronto both died on December 20, but a CBC article told only one of their stories. A significant chunk of the article described the husband, Robert Giblin: Giblin had served with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, Department of National Defence officials have confirmed. In a statement, the DND said Giblin […]
In the ecosystem of the web, readers and journalists are now co-dependent species—a relationship we're still trying to grapple with
The former hierarchies of the journalism industry have crumbled by the weight of the digital realm, to be replaced by blurry parallel relations between journalists and readers. The result is evident in the record 10,600 readers who participated in the Toronto Star‘s annual “You be the editor” survey. Administered by the Star’s public editor, Kathy English, the “highly unscientific, […]
Will print die? Will journalists still have jobs? Will magazines go digital? We share where we think journalism might be heading.
Review multimedia editors Eternity Martis and Allison Baker are spreading the holiday cheer with our predictions for the next year of journalism. In case you missed some of our more realistic (ahem, wishful) predictions in the video, here’s what we said:
In the name of news, journalism continues to toe the fine line between reporting and intruding
The sound of clicking cameras was the underlying soundtrack for all the heartwarming, tear-jerking, smile-inducing videos of Syrian refugees arriving in Canada this past weekend. While the camera lens remained focused for the most part on Justin Trudeau’s friendly greetings and coat-giving proceedings, the row of broadcasting equipment looming over the newly arrived Syrian-Canadians in […]
Is it time for magazines to restructure the front of book?
By Blair Mlotek and Viviane Fairbank The front of book (FOB) consists of the first few pages of a magazine, with smaller pieces and graphics meant to ease a reader in before the long features. FOBs may have been relevant once, but today, when shorter articles and listicles are the majority of content found online, they don’t add […]
It’s always nice to get a little press—but not if it means one of our staff is singled out for groundless abuse. The Review’s blog this year has taken on controversial issues. Under the skillful handling of blog editors Fatima Syed and Davide Mastracci, we’ve critiqued coverage of tragedies in Beirut and Paris, questioned journalists’ […]
Femifesto, a feminist organization, has put together a must-read guide for journalists on how to report on sexual violence
Femifesto, a feminist organization based in Toronto that aims to fight rape culture and replace it with consent culture, has released a guide for journalists on how to report on sexual violence. The organization has put together the guide, “Use the Right Words,” because, “Mainstream media has the power to shape conversations about violence in our […]
Is there room in journalism for politicians' voices without the filter of a reporter?
Rob Ford is back in the news–this time, of his own choosing. In a special to the National Post published on December 3, 2015, Ford wrote an op-ed to mark the one-year anniversary of John Tory’s mayoral term. “Congratulations, John, you’re sitting in the big chair and you’ve finally shaped up to be a typical politician,” wrote the […]
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