Now on J-Source: Editorial independence in B.C.; undercover in Syria; five questions for HuffPo Canada Nov. 23 to Nov. 29, 2011

TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ -


A note from J-Source
Welcome Belinda Alzner, farewell to Lauren McKeon's Associate Editor, Lauren McKeon, is leaping into the  Editor's chair - at This Magazine. Heading up one of the country's oldest, alternative magazines was Lauren's dream job and in fact inspired her to enter journalism. We'll miss you and wish you luck!   Our new Associate Editor is Belinda Alzner, a graduate of the journalism program at King's College and the University of Guelph, where she became passionate about the flexibility of digital storytelling. She stepped into, covering this year's federal election and also worked at While At King's, Belinda was editor of Next Magazine. Welcome, Belinda.

She said, he said: two accounts of editorial independence in a B.C. community newspaper
The publishers of community newspapers are often accused of giving in to advertisers' pressure on editorial content. According to Micah Luxen, the Kelowna Daily Courier and its Westside Weekly supplement are cases in point. After quitting her job as the Weekly's editor last summer, Luxen sent J-Source her account of interactions with ad representatives and with her boss, Courier managing editor Jon Manchester. We invited Manchester to write a rebuttal, and he agreed without hesitation. Link to article

How I got the story in Syria: one journalist goes undercover
Calgary freelance journalist Jeremy Kroeker snuck into Syria, hid his true identity, and lived as a tourist for three weeks. Rhiannon Russell talks to Kroeker about life undercover, being held by police, and getting the story in a place where it's too dangerous for foreign reporters to use bylines. Link to article

Getting the story wrong
Hayden Kenez tuned in to NewsTalk 1010 last week only to hear Christie Blatchford tell the world he called her a douchebag. How one student journalist learned the hard way how damaging the media can be when they get the story wrong. Link to article

Five questions for Huffington Post Canada's Daniel Tencer
We talk to Daniel Tencer, business editor at Huffington Post Canada about the site's first major investigative project, Mind the Gap, why they're not piggybacking the Occupy movement, and what we can expect from HuffPo Canada in the future. Link to article


Syria calling
On Saturday, a Syrian camera operator was found dead with his eyes gouged out, the first death in an ongoing battle between journalists and the Syrian regime. Syria banned coverage of the demonstrations in May, leaving journalists to defy the ban and go undercover. Ramita Navai's fascinating account of undercover reporting is posted here. But there is a cost. In May, journalists from Reuters and Al Jazeera were arrested and imprisoned. Al Jazeera shut down its office after staff members were attacked by what appeared to be plain-clothed police. Meanwhile, state-controlled media has mostly turned a blind eye to the crowds in the street.

Harassment and detention of journalists began in the spring, and carried on through the summer. For several months, coverage fell silent. Two rebukes from UNESCO have made little difference to the treatment of journalists. But with a recent break in the story, Syria is again making headlines internationally - meaning more correspondents, citizen journalists and bloggers taking big risks to bring us the story. The Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression has been tracking detentions.

To catch up on your Syrian knowledge, The New York Times provides this backgrounder and timeline. CBC uses a photo gallery to spotlight developments, while the BBC has this guide. Al Jazeera has an 'Inside Syria' section that is not daily, but provides good background, while Democracy Now! provides updates from citizen journalists.  The blog The News in Arabic (which is in English) gathers stories about Syria from the Arab-language press.



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» A reluctant farewell from OpenFile Hamilton
» Valerie Berenyi takes over as editor of Swerve magazine
» APTN named one of Manitoba's top employers
» CRTC officially revokes CKXT licence ending free access to Sun News
» Toronto Star introduces editorial board podcast
» Present at next year's press freedom conference: abstract call-out extended


» Ron Haggart posthumously honoured with CJFE Vox Libera Award
» CJFE honours the work of two Arab Spring reporters with 2011 International Press Freedom Awards
» Alternative news in the Philippines
» How to be a journalist in 2011
» Calling all science writers
» Future of News: ScribbleLive talks to Jeff Jarvis on the value of liveblogging
» Romenesko: How I ended up leaving Poynter
» RCMP put on leash: Toronto Star
»  First years and the rush to publish
» The ethics of aggregation: Bert Archer
» Why every government hates the CBC: John Doyle
» This time, journo Occupy sympathizer quits
» Why the Arab Spring isn't the Facebook Revolution: Ottawa Citizen

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