Now on J-Source: Police funeral coverage; live court reporting; Keith Davey's legacy

TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ -

Marching to the police beat The media coverage of the Toronto Police during the G20 may have tarnished their image. Last week, they may have gained it back after the funeral for an officer. But some call the funeral coverage excessive, befitting royalty or heads of state, and wonder if there was a link between the two. Dana Lacey reports.
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Russell Williams' lawyers say courtroom tweets "crude, unnecessary", lacked context
In an interview with The Ottawa Citizen's Chris Cobb, the defence team of convicted rapist and murderer Russell Williams blasts journalists for going too far with live courtroom reporting. Let this continue unchecked, they say, and journalists may inadvertendtly hamper justice.
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Keith Davey's media legacy
Toronto Star public editor Kathy English's latest column explores the political and media legacies of former Canadian senator and Liberal strategist Keith Davey, a champion of journalism who died last week at the age of 84.
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Pros vs. joes
During the chaos of the G20 summit, news came from many sources -- some credible, some incredible. Has journalism degenerated into amateur hour? This week, we feature Michelle Medford's story from the winter issue of The Ryerson Review of Journalism.
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Taking back our journalism
On a frigid January night in Saskatchewan, the CBC's Anna Maria Tremonti announced to a packed lecture hall that enough is enough. "It's time to take our journalism back," said Tremonti, delivering the 31st annual Minifie Lecture, hosted by the University of Regina School of Journalism.

Government secrecy is on her hit list, along with the practice of chasing stories without questioning their legitimacy. The fiery speech amounted to a call to arms for the young journalists in the crowd, who she implored to challenge the desk and demand worthwhile assignments. "There's no better time to be a journalist," she promised, leaving the 'can't-get-worse' unspoken. For the rough notes, check out the live blog by popular Saskatchewan political blogger Saskboy. For the official transcript, watch this space.   

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"You Be the Editor is a neat marketing gimmick. However, there's a much more effective way for a reader to exercise editorial input: You buy the paper, or you don't."
Reader Comment: Claude Adams
Post:Toronto Star's "You be the Editor" challenge reveals why we don't let the public edit newspapers  

"What's curious about the piece is the presumption that suicide always reflects a disturbed mental frame of mind and accordingly is never a rational act. Specifically it ignores completely people who have an incurable or debilitating illness and as a consequence choose to end their lives. In obituaries newspapers traditionally reports these deaths via the highly neutered words "died suddenly." And it is also true that doctors figure out other ways of describing these deaths. If you want to see something really weird look at the statistics related to deaths from anorexia. Most of them are found in people over the age of 65 and not young girls because when people kill themselves by stopping eating the official reason for their demise listed on their death certificates is not suicide but the aforementioned anorexia."
Reader Comment: Stephen Strauss
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with BRIAN DEER of The Sunday Times of London
February 15 in Toronto

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