Now on J-Source: Election night coverage; ethics for a digital age; World Press Freedom Day

TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ -

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Jeff Anders, James Baxter, David Beers, Wilf Dinnick

ELECTION 2011
Stepping through the election night coverage door
What to make of yesterday's election night coverage? We asked Jeff Sallot, former Ottawa bureau chief for The Globe and Mail, to weigh in. The sober morning-after message, he says, is clear: Canada better fix its voting laws before the next election to accommodate real-time online communication. If we don't, he adds, we risk corrupting the electoral process -- and devaluing journalist credibility.
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ETHICS
CAJ panel proposes ethics guidelines for digital age
The 2002-vintage ethics code of the Canadian Association of Journalists is certainly due for a revision -- for one thing, it makes no mention of the Internet. Now, a panel of the association's ethics committee has produced a draft revision for public comment. Panel chair Shauna Snow-Capparelli explains.
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TOWN HALL
World Press Freedom Day
May 3rd World Press Freedom Day. We tell you what Canadian publications are weighing in, what they're saying, and where to go for world coverage. Plus, some upcoming events you won't want to miss if press freedom is near and dear to your heart. We're betting it is.
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TOWN HALL
The accreditation issue
Last month, Quebec's professional journalists federation voted in favour of creating a special designation for professional journos. Is it the right move? Billy Shields has worked as a reporter in the Caribbean and Mexico, when both places either considered, or implemented, similar accreditation structures. Shields shares his thoughts on why a special designation could be more trouble than it's worth.
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THE BIG ISSUE

Bloggers beat back ban

Canada's draconian election news ban is bloodied but unbowed -- for now. "It's a 20th century law for a 21st century issue," wrote Alexandra Samuel and Darren Barefoot before backing down and imposing a three-hour blackout at tweettheresults.ca. In the weeks leading up to the election, Canada's media ban caught some attention south of the border, where NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen coyly suggested a mass tweet-in. After an unsuccessful court challenge by CBC and Bell Media, Elections Canada sent out a stern reminder to emboldened ban-breakers. On e-night, the chastened tweeters restricted themselves to playful hints. Then a few began reporting the results straight up. Then the tweet-in went global and the gates opened. Ironically, one of the first breaches came not from the blogosphere, but from an accidental CBC broadcast. OpenFile has posted a collection of notable election night communications. Sites like electopinion.ca have sprung up and continue to follow the buzz, and it seems results-reporting blogs are now part of the landscape. If bookies are taking money on the next round, the early money is likely on the bloggers, not the ban.

EVENTS CALENDAR

IN THE NEWS

Kenneth R. Wilson nominees announced
NMA finalists announced
CAJ finalists announced
Columnist says he couldn't confirm Layton massage story in 2008
Toronto Star endorses NDP; most newspapers choose Conservatives
Globe hosts live Q&A to discuss its election endorsement
Traditional media still tops in election
WMA finalists announced
Only 4,000 viewers tune into Sun News during some time slots
Jared Bland leaves The Walrus; joins Anansi

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TOWN HALL

"The bigger question is WHY did the Canadian media do it? It was pack journalism of the worst kind.Some like to call it a "good news" story. I'd rather read good news about the underprivileged savouring some joyous moment than royal propaganda.But just think, in a few months when the couple visit Canada, we'll be subjected to the same claptrap all over again."
Reader Comment: Shannon Moneo
Post: Was coverage of the Royal Wedding over the top?

"This is like the story all writers hear and share: "A brain surgeon met a best-selling author at a cocktail party. The brain surgeon said to the author, "When I retire I want to be a writer." At which point the author replied, "When I retire I want to be a brain surgeon." It's obvious that print media (particularly newspapers) are taking a big hit with rapid changes in technology, but using citizens to write the copy isn't the business model that will prop up the industry. Better writers and copy lures and endures."
Reader Comment: Suzanne Boles
Post: London Free Press call for citizen journos "concerning": Canadian Freelance Union

"Speaking as one of the "cool" people, I'm appalled. Why oh why is good writing (and good editing, for that matter) treated as something less than anything else. Nearly 30 years of learning and perfecting my craft -- and for what. Way to go, Freep. "
Reader Comment: Leslie Smith
Post: London Free Press call for citizen journos "concerning": Canadian Freelance Union

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