No News Is Bad News

No News Is Bad News

Canada's Media Collapse - and What Comes Next

Book - 2016
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Canada's media companies are melting faster than the polar ice caps, and in No News Is Bad News, Ian Gill chronicles their decline in a biting, in-depth analysis. He travels to an international journalism festival in Italy, visits the Guardian in London, and speaks to editors, reporters, entrepreneurs, investors, non-profit leaders, and news consumers from around the world to find out what's gone wrong. Along the way he discovers that corporate concentration and clumsy adaptations to the digital age have left Canadians with a gaping hole in our public square. And yet, from the smoking ruins of Canada's news industry, Gill sees glimmers of hope and brings them to life with sharp prose and trenchant insights.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC :, David Suzuki Institute / Greystone Books Ltd,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781771642682
Branch Call Number: 302.23 GIL
Characteristics: ix, 189 pages ; 19 cm

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Jan 04, 2017

"...Finley Peter Dunne's oft-cited maxim that good journalism is that which 'comforts the afflicted (and) afflicts the comfortable'."

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Jan 04, 2017

"Journalists[...] are less trusted than police, schools, banks, and the justice system, and onl marginally more trusted than federal Parliament and corporations. But what journalists do is important, and it isn't just the business of rooting out liars, holding policy-makers accountable, probing the public accounts, championing the underdogs, or hounding the overlords[...]it is more importantly the practice of using stories as a way to help people makes sense of their world."

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Jan 04, 2017

"Canadian media industries are collapsing. Newspapers have been particularly hard hit. Once-venerable papers, some as long-lived as Confederation, have closed outright, newsrooms gutted, their content mostly worthless. All this has happened under the noses of regulators who don't do their jobs and reporters who mostly don't do theirs, either..."

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Jan 04, 2017

"There is a distinction to be made between propping up deadwood newspapers - don't bother - and supporting the technical development and product initiation of quality digital platforms upon which journalists - themselves unsubsidized by the government - can practice their craft."

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