Now on J-Source: Toronto Star reporters get mandatory training after paper publishes false allegations; Crowd-funding journalism; Copy editors: An endangered species?

TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ -


Toronto Star reporters get mandatory training after newspaper publishes false allegations about MPP
By Tamara Baluja
Toronto Star reporters will get mandatory training on fairness and due diligence after the newspaper had published false allegations that Ontario MPP Margarett Best vacationed in Mexico while on medical leave. It issued a rare apology on its front page, citing an "egregious lapse of the Star's standards."

Crowd-funding journalism: A new financing model for freelancers?
By Eric Mark Do
With freelance budgets shrinking, some journalists have taken financing into their own hands and have launched crowd-funding campaigns. J-Source interviews two freelance journalists who have successfully fundraised over $30,000 collectively.

Newspapers Canada considering a national press council
By Tamara Baluja
Newspapers Canada is considering a plan put forth by the Ontario Press Council to establish a national press council. The decision comes after a Ryerson University study on the state of press councils in Canada, which concluded the press councils were ineffective in their present form and did not meet the geographical and digital realities of the publishing industry.

Guild: New budget bill gives government a "direct say in CBC journalism"
By Tamara Baluja
The Conservatives have tabled an omnibus budget bill that some critics say would give the government sweeping powers to participate in labour discussions with independent Crown organizations, including the CBC, and steer discussions on wages and benefits. Check out the J-Source round-up of commentary, analysis and positions on this issue.   

Copy editors: an endangered species?
By Gin Sexsmith, for the Ryerson Review of Journalism
With ad dollars declining, newspapers have responded by cutting desk staff. In an era when the Toronto Sun misspells "Correction" in a correction column, is there any hope for a revival of good copyediting and can newspapers maintain their credibility?

J-Source is hiring: Editor-in-Chief (part-time)
J-Source is seeking a new editor-in-chief to take over when current editor Janice Neil departs this summer. The successful candidate will be a full-time, and preferably tenure-stream, professor at a participating journalism school. Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2013.



J-Source and ProjetJ are projects of The Canadian Journalism Foundation in collaboration with leading journalism schools and organizations.

CJF J-Talk: Join us May 23 for Face-off: Are We Getting What We Deserve From Sports Reporters? featuring Sportsnet's Steve Maich, CBC Hockey Night in Canada's Andi Petrillo, and University of Toronto's Bruce Kidd. Journalist and broadcaster Bruce Dowbiggin moderates.  

CJF Awards: Celebrate journalistic excellence at the 16th Annual CJF Awards on June 13 with host Amanda Lang, senior business correspondent for CBC News and co-host of The Lang & O'Leary Exchange.

SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Foundation

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