Now on J-Source: Wilf Dinnick, OpenFile & the J-Source Award (Video); Humanizing obit writing; Unjust roadblocks to court files

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Video: Wilf Dinnick talks J-Source Award win
In this interview, Wilf Dinnick, CEO of OpenFile and recipient of the J-Source Canadian Newsperson of the Year award, talks about what the win means for him, his team and investors in local collaborative news.
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Embracing the dead beat: The final word on a life lived
When it comes to writing obituaries, your story is the last word on a person's life. Don Gibb gives advice on how to write these sensitive stories in a way that gets everything right while humanizing, remembering and celebrating a person's life the way they deserve. With an introduction from Media magazine editor Dave McKie.
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Computer-Assisted Reporting
Canadian newspapers and infographics: Too scared to try?
Around the world, newspapers are boldly experimenting with online infographics - and they're making money. So why aren't papers in Canada following suit? Claire Prime looks into this in the latest issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism.
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Bureaucratic roadblocks frustrate access to court files
There is a serious and troubling disconnect between the principle of open justice and the reality on the ground. Dean Jobb explains that in many jurisdictions, the bureaucrats who oversee court clerks and registrar's offices have a habit of devising rules and policies that block access to court filings - policies that have little or no basis in law and make a mockery of Supreme Court of Canada precedents.
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Book Reviews
Book Review: "About Canada: Media"
What's the number one issue facing Canadian media? According to Peter Steven, it's diversity. Steven, a professor of media studies at Sheridan College in Ontario, has written a guide to Canadian media for Fernwood Publishing's pocketbook series About CanadaMarc Edge reviews it for J-Source.
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Critiquing the Twitter-verse

Social media has recently taken some journalistic heat. Chantal Hébert questioned Twitter's value to political reporting at the annual Minifie Lecture, hosted by the University of Regina School of Journalism. Hébert argued that social media tools may effectively narrow - not broaden - the audience, causing journalists to grow out of touch with ordinary Canadian voters. Meanwhile in Québec, coverage of Gilles Duceppe's use of parliamentary funds highlighted the importance of placing a few verifying phone calls before tweeting. For those not satisfied with 140 characters, check out this article on a new tool for long-form e-journalism. It may interest those reluctant magazine writers who still believe in the power of words - many words.

Past Minifie Lectures are posted online here.


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•     Feb. 28. Google for journalists: Getting the most from the web, ON
•     Mar. 8-9. Press Freedom in Canada Conference, ON All events

» The Globe and Mail announces plans for new headquarters
» Five lessons for using social media more effectively
» CBC Radio host Dave Bronstetter to retire
» Stop the Presses film series kicks off in Vancouver
» Peter Klein's open letter to Hungarian Prime Minister on press freedom - or lack thereof
» On Gilles Duceppe's use of parliamentary funds and the ensuing media war
» Chantal Hébert: Twitter is not a window to the world - it's a mirror


I recommend to read, also on ProjetJ, L'affaire Duceppe: d'abord du journalisme 

by Josée Boileau from Le Devoir. As she says: "Nous sommes tous, collectivement, à la recherche du scoop, et cette quête prend parfois, comme la semaine dernière, une tournure frénétique, et des sources sont bien heureuses de nous alimenter, et nous sommes bien contents de les écouter, ce qui nous fera vendre ou remarquer. Dans cette effervescence, on en oublie parfois ce réflexe de base: vé-ri-fier".
Reader: Anne-Caroline Desplanques
Article: On Gilles Duceppe's use of parliamentary funds and the ensuing media war





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