Now on J-Source: Egypt's news revolution; Opinion journalism; The Daily

TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ -

FIELD NOTES
The real Twitter revolution: changing coverage on the ground in Egypt
Wilf Dinnick has reported stories from around the world, but as events unfold in Egypt he's using Twitter for minute-by-minute accounts of what journalists on the ground are experiencing -- including his own wife's detention by Egyptian authorities. 
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WARD'S WORDS
In your face: The ethics of opinion journalism
Journalists who add their own fierce opinions to political discourse have every right to do so, writes Stephen J.A. Ward, but it's "deliberative" commentators who serve a democracy best.
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TOWN HALL
News roundup: Murdoch's The Daily
Now that the initial hype from iPad newspaper The Daily's launch last week has begun to die down, J-Source rounds up opinions, criticisms and first impressions from across the web.
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STUDENTS' LOUNGE
London news is falling down
Local TV news is losing airtime to out-of-town executives who decide which stations stay and which go. How far will it go? One station in London, Ontario has lost $98 million in three years under CTVglobemedia ownership. As result, it has diminished investigative journalism and reduced the news to bare-bones broadcasts twice a day. This week we feature Alyssa Freisen's story from the winter issue of The Ryerson Review of Journalism.
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THE BIG ISSUE



What's up with the CRTC and PMO?
Two recent CRTC decisions smell of business interests trumping the public interest - allowing usage-based Internet billing and relaxing truth in broadcasting requirements. In this context, news that the prime minister and his ministers will work to overrule the UBB decision might seem like a welcome intervention on behalf of the little guy. But is this the relationship we want between the PMO and the CRTC?

It's not the first time Harper's government has overstepped the commission. On Feb. 6 a federal court judge took the government to task for allowing Globelive to provide wireless services, despite a CRTC ruling that the company didn't pass foreign ownership restrictions. Although the Tories deny they're trying to control the CRTC, rumours of stacking the deck have been swirling since August, gaining further steam this month with accusations of cronyism dogging the newly appointed vice-chair. Between a business-oriented CRTC and a media-control-freaking PMO who seem to be licking the stamps on a shotgun wedding announcement, where does the public interest lie these days? What can we expect of this relationship? Important questions, as the CRTC opens hearings into the country's biggest media and communications merger.   


EVENTS CALENDAR



IN THE NEWS



Vanoc leaked documents requested by CBC to competitors
Want to save the media? Give journalists status: report
CBC reporter's first night in Egypt 
Embed an expert: Mozilla offers news orgs access to digital innovators
Globe reporters rushed by crowd in Egypt
AOL to acquire Huffington Post
Journalist dies covering protests in Egypt
Canadian journalists targeted in Egypt
Madame magazine to be discontinued
Globe and Mail reporters targeted for second day
Media hit list in Egypt
CBC's new five-year plan
Nominations open for 2011 Western Magazine Awards
CBC cameraman beaten by mob in Egypt riots
Jay Rosen, Jeff Jarvis join Postmedia's new digital advisory board


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TOWN HALL




"It is not the value of the information Assange has helped publicize that should be of concern, instead we should focus on the information Assange chose not to publicize. Did Ellsberg hand over papers to the New York Times that he personally redacted? If he had altered or omitted information, would the Times have gone ahead with publication?"
Reader Comment: Rod McQueen
Post: Secrets, strategies and whistleblowers  

" The CRTC gave these people so many chances to meet their statutory requirements, gave them individual help which is extremely rare and gave them an extra 6 month postponement and yet they had done little and had no plan of action. I can't blame the CRTC. Why must students pay for a station that excluded them? CKLN was taken over years ago by radical activists and the students pushed out with the help of the Ryerson Students' Union and the Canadian Federation of Students who have very political agendas that have little to do with education. An outside agency appointed by the Courts needs to be brought in to see who is controlling the assets created by yearly $1/4 million funding from student dues and who it really should belong to and if any have been misappropriated and needs to be gotten back through legal actions or criminal charges. I would hate to see this board liquidating all the assets and the students who paid for it and have been excluded from running the station also be excluded from deciding what should happen to it."
Reader Comment: Mike Edwards
Post: Toronto radio station has licence revoked

COMING UP AT THE CJF:
THE VACCINE-AUTISM LINK CONTROVERSY: A SCIENCE JOURNALISM CASE STUDY
with BRIAN DEER of The Sunday Times of London
February 15 in Toronto


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