Now on J-Source: A new libel defence; Telling stories with new technology; J-students talk about experience in the North

CJF News: Limited seats left for the CJF Forum: Fear and Loathing at City Hall on January 19.

CJF News: The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award January 8th deadline is fast approaching.

TORONTO, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ -

J-Source Canadian Newsperson of the Year Award
The J-Source Canadian Newsperson of 2011 will honour a Canadian who has demonstrated excellence and had a positive impact on the quality of journalism in their community or across the country, perhaps innovating the way news is gathered and told, inspiring journalists, educators, and the Canadian public.
Who do you think we should honour this year? Send in your nominations today.
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With media standards at issue, make way for "expert" witnesses
Will a new libel defence bring business to self-styled experts in media practice? As Rhiannon Russell reports, that's been the case in Quebec, and the rest of Canada may follow suit.
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What it was like covering stories in Canada's North: Three Ryerson students reflect
Last summer, Marta IwanekAshleigh Gaul and Samantha Anderson financed their own way to cover stories in the North for the Winter 2011 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism. Now, they're reflecting on their time in Canada's north for J-Source.
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Wearing our CPUs on our sleeves
With the next wave of communication devices coming, journalists need to understand what is next and be prepared to adapt the way they tell stories accordingly. Wayne MacPhail looks into some new technologies that may have an impact on the way journalism is practised - including Bluetooth 4.0-powered wearable technology. It might be time to think about how to tell a story from your wristwatch.
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Some good news about the future of news
High-quality journalism doesn't come cheap and advertising doesn't cover the costs in the digital age as it once did. Ira Basen looks back at paywalls in 2011 and explains how they may alter the future of journalism as we begin a new year.
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Canadian coverage of the U.S. primaries and caucuses
Having trouble getting excited about Romney versus Santorum? You're likely not alone. Judging by these Globe and Mail comments, intense interest in the 2008 Clinton-Obama race has been replaced by a heaping of scorn on the U.S. political process and its wannabes. Reflecting the public mood, Canadian coverage seems more subdued than 2008, although not completely silent. The National Post is running a special online section, while the CBC has a lively election blog. The Globe and Mail's interest was piqued by the Liberal Party's possible interest in running a U.S.-style primary.

For the most part, though, our daily diet comes straight from the U.S., where the sight of Republican candidates plunging off cliffs rendered commentator Martin Bashir momentarily speechless. Led by the hyperbolic Fox News, coverage involves drumming up more attention than the process deserves, according to this Reuters commentary. The Pew Center breaks down the coverage, lending some credence to the existence of the so-called Ron Paul media blackout that has many a blog buzzing. Now unclear voting results have left journalists scrambling to prove Iowa matters. When the Wall Street Journal dubs it the "opening shot," you get the idea no one is willing to drop the game. Still, if you can believe it, coverage of the primaries has actually declined in the U.S. in recent decades, according to this study.

The Society for Professional Journalists has created an election toolbox for those willing to follow the story to its end. For Canadian journalists, the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute's Canadian Primer to the U.S. 2012 Primaries and Caucuses is a helpful resource. It contains some succinct answers to the question "Why should Canadians care?" - useful for those hoping to move the story from eye-rolling gaffes to substantive news for Canadian audiences.


•     Jan. 17, Freelance secrets of success, ON
•     Jan. 19, CJF Forum: Fear and Loathing at City Hall, ON
•     Feb. 16. Digital journalism for pay, ON
•     Feb. 16. CJF Forum with MediaNews CEO John Paton, ON All events

» Why is the Toronto Star selling ads on a section's front page?
» UBC is hosting two public talks on journalism ethics by Stephen Ward
» Putting trust in Twitter (or not): @Wendi_Deng doesn't belong to Wendi Deng Murdoch
» Blatchford on Layton, Quebecor vs. CBC and Twitter: J-Source's most-read stories of 2011
» The Globe and Mail shuffles, new reporters on ad/marketing, media
» Jack Layton named Newsmaker of the Year
» Infographic: Worldwide violence against journalists in 2011
» Refugee claim denied for Iranian journo who wrote of a Canadian photographer's death in Iran: The National Post
» Iconic Jack Layton shot among CP's best photos of 2011


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