BALANCING ACT

via The Ryerson Review of Journalism The second I step into the newsroom, my boss bolts up and out of his seat—I need to book an interview with the mayor of Moncton immediately. On June 4, 2014, three RCMP officers died in a mass shoot- ing. The next day, the search for the lone gunman is … Continue reading BALANCING ACT

SILENCED SPRING

via The Ryerson Review of Journalism ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTERS ARE TURNING TO CROWDFUNDING—BUT THEIR VOICES ARE BECOMING WHISPERS IN THE NOISE OF NEWS Stephen Leahy is passionate about the environment. So passionate, in fact, that the 61-year-old Canadian journalist is willing to live below the poverty line in his in-laws’ basement apartment so he can continue reporting … Continue reading SILENCED SPRING

SUN NEWS NETWORK GOES DARK

via The Ryerson Review of Journalism At 5 a.m. yesterday, the screen went dark for Sun News Network. There was not one on-air announcement before the Sun TV logo appeared on the screen, eventually being replaced with notices from distributors that the channel has ceased operation. News of the closure leaked online before the formal letter … Continue reading SUN NEWS NETWORK GOES DARK

THE COMING ETHICAL BATTLE OVER REPORTING WITH DRONES

via The Ryerson Review of Journalism It began with an aerial shot of a wheat field. The September 24 lead story on CBC’s The National recounted the horrific murder of three Aboriginal boys near Pefferlaw, Ontario, more than five decades ago. But the brief, beautiful opening visual was noteworthy because it was the first shot aired … Continue reading THE COMING ETHICAL BATTLE OVER REPORTING WITH DRONES

CAN CROWDFUNDED RICOCHET SURVIVE TO CREATE A JOURNALISTIC UTOPIA?

via The Ryerson Review of Journalism Ricochet is the latest attempt to unite crowdfunding and journalism in Canada. On October 2, Ricochet launched as an independent, interactive, investigative and not-for-profit online news outlet with a promise to embrace Canadian identity by producing bilingual content. Their campaign video was posted on Indiegogo on May 20 and … Continue reading CAN CROWDFUNDED RICOCHET SURVIVE TO CREATE A JOURNALISTIC UTOPIA?