Mark Harrison leaves CBC The National
Leaving The National after 28 years won’t be easy—but Mark Harrison is ready for a new challenge. Harrison, now the former executive producer of The National, is taking over the health unit and the growing science and technology unit at CBC. He says the decision to leave CBC’s flagship nightly program was a personal one, […]
Offleash is on iTunes!
To celebrate, here's a list of some of our favourite podcasts
Offleash, the Review’s podcast created by senior editor Viviane Fairbank and multimedia editors Allison Baker and Eternity Martis, is now on iTunes. In honour of this, we made a list of some of our favourite podcasts: all songs considered by NPR Stuff Mom Never Told You by How Stuff Works The Backline – An […]
Temporarily live from Moscow
To maintain a news presence in faraway lands, some organizations are looking to pop-up bureaus as a solution
Last week, CBC journalists Susan Ormiston, Corinne Seminoff and Jean-Francois Bisson made the 12-hour trek to CBC’s new pocket bureau in Moscow, Russia, where they’ll spend the next three months documenting the transformation of Russian society under Vladimir Putin’s leadership. “Moscow is a place we haven’t been for many years,” says CBC managing editor Greg […]
Esteemed veteran or accused killer?
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 […]
Responsible communication wins again
Kathy Tomlinson becomes part of a slowly growing list of Canadian defamation cases that are winning with the defence of "responsible communication"
Six years after reporting on a B.C. surgeon whose patients had a troubling tendency to experience serious post-op complications, Kathy Tomlinson and CBC successfully invoked the relatively new defence of responsible communication to win a defamation lawsuit. Dr. Fernando Casses, who had his medial license revoked in Arizona before moving to B.C. to work as […]
Who’s telling the truth about #WelcomeRefugees?
Across Canadian news outlets, there is a strange discrepancy in reports about whether or not the Liberal government is excluding single male Syrian refugees
I don’t know who’s telling the truth about the Liberal refugee plan. On the one hand, there’s Paul McLeod, BuzzFeed‘s political editor, who published an article on November 25, 2015, titled “Someone Gave The Media A Bunch Of False Info About Canada’s Syrian Refugee Plan.” McLeod takes issue with a CBC report by Rosemary Barton that, days before the Liberals […]
Beirut vs. Paris: Unbalanced coverage
Journalism is about fair and objective reporting, but in practice coverage is often skewed toward one event more than another
The events of the Paris attacks last night are still unfolding–“still” being the operative word. Much journalistic attention has been given to the situation in Paris, and rightly so. At the time of writing, CBC reports stated that at least 150 people had been killed after six separate attacks in public places like a music venue in central Paris, […]
Snapchat: From the home to the newsroom
In the second of RRJ's two-part series on "Journalism via Snapchat," Carine Abouseif looks at how Canadian journalists are using the app to create news stories
The little ghosts of Snapchat have been taking over my Twitter feed this last month. We’ve talked about how Snapchat is being used for a kind of citizen journalism. But not much has been said about how professional journalists and news outlets are using the app—at least not in Canada. These little white ghosts on […]
Stop talking about the niqab
Amira Elghawaby, from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, calls for Canadian journalists to focus on important matters
Journalists have been enthralled with the niqab debate over the last few weeks. In order to get a better sense of what to make of the niqab coverage, I spoke to the communications director at the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Amira Elghawaby. Elghawaby’s most pressing critique of niqab journalism is simply that there’s too […]