Now on J-Source: Factchecking politicians; Tracking a Tiger; reporting suicide

TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ -

Tracking a tiger: The multimedia lifecycle of a story From e-mailed press release to front page news, Calgary Herald web producer David Hedley tracks the coverage of a baby tiger's death at the Calgary Zoo. This is the story of a typical assignment. But it's also the story of the successes and challenges faced by a Postmedia Network newsroom as it undergoes a transformation from a traditional to a digital, multimedia operation.
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How to factcheck politicians' education credentials (it's not easy)
When OpenFile Ottawa reporter Rob Thomas went digging for details about Toronto mayor Rob Ford's stint on a university football team, he discovered that something as basic as confirming a public figure's education credentials is anything but. Alexandra Bosanac reports.
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The rise (and complications) of citizen photojournalism
Considering how easy it is to manipulate a photo, should photos of news events taken by regular people be considered journalism? Jasmine Pazzano explains how two Canadian newspapers are tentatively embracing the citizen cell phone journalist.
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Suicide notes I contemplated killing myself five years ago. Now, to help others, I call on all journalists to break the silence on our final taboo. This week, we feature Liam Casey's story from the winter issue of The Ryerson Review of Journalism.
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Nieman Journalism Lab's Joshua Benton in Toronto: live coverage
National Magazine Awards nomination deadline on Friday
Tentative agreement reached in Roberston freelance class action lawsuit
Le Journal de Montreal lockout two years on
CAB withdraws from policy and regulatory debates, focuses on copyright
Toronto radio station puts extremist on air
CJFE concerned that Vancouver journalist may be forced to reveal her source 
Arizona shooting: news orgs compete for source on Twitter
Media lessons learned in Haiti
CBSC rules reporting crash victim would "likely die" not misleading


Wakefield coverage called a journalistic failure
More on covering trauma
Metro Morning: Goodnight, Andy. Good morning, Matt


"Re: this statement -- "It is my hope that this will inspire others to Islam and to take a stand against this shameful war on 'terrorism.' " If she's taking a stand, or wanting others to take a stand, then she's a columnist, not a journalist. A journalist is, theoretically at least, supposed to present both sides fairly, something she didn't appear to be doing if she was trying to curry favour with the other side by playing up their views on her web site. Also, if she was hoping to curry favour by playing up the other side's views, well, the other side certainly paid attention to her. Be careful what you wish for .... "
Reader Comment: Tony Prudori
Post:The Canadian hostage, and the indifferent media  

"Thanks David, for this important study. Although FOI law and practice in Canada has dropped to its lowest point ever, I would still urge journalists never to give up on it entirely (and I don't). Good stories can still be produced from FOI, yet imagine how many more could yet be achieved with our FOI laws reformed up to global standards, so we must always press for improvements, for the public interest. - Stanley Tromp, author of 'Fallen Behind: Canada's Access to Information Act in the World Context' (2008) FOI website:"
Reader Comment: Stanley Tromp
Post: Fewer journalists requesting access to information

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