Now on J-Source: Henry Burgoyne; Integrity Award; risk and trauma training

TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ -

INTEGRITY AWARD

Toronto Star investigative reporters and editors win Journalism Integrity Award

The Toronto Star investigative reporters and editors' "stubborn emphasis on substance" -- particularly for their quality and quantity of investigative journalism - helped them secure J-Source's 2010 Journalism Integrity Award.

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TOWN HALL

The life and legacy of publisher Henry Burgoyne

Henry Bartlett Burgoyne, who died earlier this month, was the last of the family-owned daily newspaper publishers in Ontario. CBC producer John Nicol explores his legacy.

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BOOK REVIEWS

Reporting for the Media, Canadian edition

Reporting for the Media, Canadian Edition is the first ever Canadian edition of a American text that was developed nearly 35 years ago. Joy Crysdale reviews a traditional text's approach to modern day reporting. 

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COVERING VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA

"Why didn't you tell me this before?" Why j-schools need risk and trauma training

J-student Megan Radford has already undertaken an internship in Malaysia and covered the G20 protests in Toronto. Last weekend, in her final term, she attended a workshop on journalists and risk which explored physical and emotional safety considerations. Now she asks: Are journalism schools paying too little attention to these issues -- too late? 

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THE BIG ISSUE

The vaccine-autism link controversy

UK investigative journalist Brian Deer was in Toronto last week to lead a panel discussion about the autism-vaccine link controversy, hosted by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (J-Source covered it live). In 1998, medical journal The Lancet published a paper written by Andrew Wakefield that claimed he had discovered a link between autism and the meales mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine. The story was widely published, spread by Wakefield, parents and the occasional uninformed celebrity, resulting in several deaths and an increase in childhood mumps. Deer was the only journalist that thought to investigate Wakefield's claims, and dug up enough evidence to have the paper officially revoked -- but not before the damage was done.

A Globe and Mail panel discussion asks: Why did it take a journalist to expose the fraud? The Montreal Gazette spreads the blame to journalists, for not catching the story sooner, a position shared by Psychology Today. And it's not just this story: the Stanford School of Medicine found that media coverage of autism differs dramatically from scientific focus. (Writing about autism? Reporters can find helpful resources here and here.)

Meanwhile, journalists are still doing damage control. In 2005, Salon.com and Rolling Stone magazine co-published a story about Wakefield's so-called findings. It was still available online at Salon, amended with five corrections, as recently as January, when the publication decided to remove it. Editor-in-chief Kerry Lauerman wrotes that "At the time, we felt that correcting the piece -- and keeping it on the site, in the spirit of transparency -- was the best way to operate... We've grown to believe the best reader service is to delete the piece entirely."

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TOWN HALL

"The comments made by this so-called journalism professor are frankly naïve and dangerously trusting of the goodwill of various organisations. As Mr Murphy pointed out, the "internal ethics" of certain American news organisations (namely, Fox News) are sketchy to say the least. The fact that this loosening of the rules happens at the same time that Sun News is popping up makes me wonder if Mr Harper and his cronies aren't simply trying to make it easier for ethically-challenged conservative journalists to spread crap about the opposition. As for libel laws, allow me to be skeptical... The concept of the SLAPP lawsuit works both ways : you can sue someone to shut him up, but you can also say whatever you want so long as the person you are aiming doesn't have enough money or time to defend himself. These new rules are inherently dangerous. Journalists should be bound by the requirement of always looking for the truth, in the interest of the public. Semi-truths or innocent little lies are not only contrary to public interest, they also undermine the credibility that journalists depend on to do their work. Unfortunately, these things don't seem to matter to some would-be journalists, in spite of what Terry Field may think."

Reader Comment: Olivier Robichaud

Post: CRTC seeks to relax broadcast restrictions  

"If you take one of these small town jobs, get used to it, because most of the larger outlets don't seem to want to hire from small town papers any more, no matter how much experience you've accumulated. If you take one of these small town jobs, forget marriage and family - you won't have the time or the money for a family. Forget any semblance of anonymity too -- the whole town will know who you are by end of your first month in town and will have no hesitancy at all approaching you on the street to tell you what they thought of your story about their cousin getting jailed for drunk driving or how you misspelled their neighbour's name. The whole town will know if you had one beer too many on Saturday night or if you dating one of the other dozen or so single people under 40 years of age in the area. Get used to eating lots of dinners catered by the local service clubs and Legion. Not only will you be expected to attend to cover the Kinsmen/Lions/Kiwanis/Chamber of Commerce/minor hockey banquet, but that rubber chicken or steam table roast beef dinner will be the best meal you eat that month since you will be choosing between groceries and car insurance payments most of the time. Get used to writing lots and lots of advertorials for local businesses. Be prepared to be sold out by your publisher the first time you run into a conflict with an advertiser. The local real estate mogul or car dealer pays the bills at the newspaper, you don't. The revenue that they provide can't be replaced, but you can."

Reader Comment: Kevin Wood

Post: Hey, new grads: I can guarantee you a job in journalism

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