Now on J-Source In Brief - January 27 to February 2, 2009

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    (xx) The 2008 financial crisis: why coverage was flawed (xx)

    The media failed miserably in providing informed, balanced reporting and
commentary of the current financial crisis, writes the CBC's Michael Hlinka.
Instead of helping the public understand the issues, journalists mostly
provided simplistic, one-sided arguments.

    Link to article

    (xx) Tough times call for more ethics, not less (xx)
    Journalism as we know it is changing, writes Stephen J.A. Ward. But
there's nothing new about the need for responsible and fast-paced journalism.

    Link to article

    (xx) Traumatized by reporting: Get help now (xx)

    QUESTION: My colleague is covering a graphic rape/murder trial and has
started showing signs of extreme emotional stress but is determined to
continue covering the trial and seems concerned about being branded as too
'squeamish' to handle the crime beat. Our editor has decided not to take my
colleague off the story or the beat. Is this a good idea? Answer by Robert M.
Frank, former freelance correspondent for Investigations desk of The New York
Times and current director of the Canadian Association of Journalists'
Education Foundation.

    Link to article


    (xx) Shelter magazine launches in Quebec (xx)

    (xx) Clark to replace Duffy on CTV political talk show (xx)

    (xx) Gazette employees reject contract offer (xx)


    (xx) Crybaby foreign correspondents (xx)

    (xx) Ontario ruling limits bail ban to jury cases (xx)

    (xx) The trouble with words (xx)

    (xx) Budget watchers and spin doctors collide (xx)
    While lobbyists and spin doctors converge on Parliament Hill this week,
Jim Stanford parses a new word in our budget lexicon: stimulus. As
budget-watchers multiply, creating a federal budget is increasingly a public
relations exercise, according to budget-watcher extraordinaire Bruce Doern.
Indeed, the fun began early with what many journos called a well-orchestrated
leak about Canada's projected deficit. Help arm your brain for the coming days
with a dose of J-Source articles on spin.


    "...In my experience, journalists must not only practice their craft, but
must be better prepared than ever to passionately justify to media owners why
they do what they do. Hardhitting stories can be selflessly written and
editors may be convinced that publishing them is vital to the public

    Rolf Pederson

    (xx) What's wrong with journalism? Look in the mirror (xx)

    (xx) The scholarly journals (xx)

    (xx) Media jobs (xx)

    (xx) Links to legal resources (xx)


    Jan. 28, ON - Access Copyright Seminar on Google Settlement

    Jan. 29, ON - Corporate Writing Seminar

    Jan. 29, ON - Masthead final issue launch party

    Jan. 29, ON - Maher Arar and lapsed media ethics panel discussion

    Feb. 5, ON - ReelPolitik: Understanding the world through film

    Feb. 6, ON - Magazines Canada School for Circulation (through Feb. 10)

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Journalism Foundation, (416) 955-0630,

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