If a newspaper falls in a forest . . .

Will there come a day once again when members of a new fourth estate will be able to earn a living telling the stories that truly matter?

If a newspaper falls in a forest . . .As members of the “fourth estate,” journalists have always considered themselves to be driven by a higher purpose. At their best moments, they exposed wrongs, mocked hypocrisy and delivered life-changing insights. It is for this reason that many journalists consider their profession to be of a higher order than many others. Their trade exists outside…

Will anyone even notice when newspapers are gone?

Newspapers now seem so irrelevant to civic life that not even nostalgic moneybags want to preserve them

Will anyone even notice when newspapers are gone?Thirty-five years ago, bankruptcies of two major daily newspapers prompted such concern across Canada that a royal commission was struck to inquire into the future of the industry. This month alone, four major English-language metro papers, one small city paper as old as Confederation itself and another that had been in circulation for 141 years, and…

If newspapers die, will our nation die too?

There is no way Facebook, Twitter and blogs can fill the void left by the death of newspapers

If newspapers die, will our nation die too?A good newspaper, playwright Arthur Miller once said, is a nation talking to itself. So what happens when our newspapers start to die? Will the nation die, too? Full disclosure: I love newspapers. I have been a reporter at two (Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen) and a columnist at three (National Post, Ottawa Citizen and Sun…

Media fails to provide perspective on Conservatives’ economic record

Canada remains the only G-7 nation besides Germany not facing a major deficit

Media fails to provide perspective on Conservatives’ economic recordSeveral years ago, a Globe and Mail Report on Business article highlighted the newspaper’s commitment to providing “perspective” in its news stories. I have long considered that a laudable and necessary component of professional journalism. Unfortunately, it’s all too rare in today’s print and electronic media. One of the most egregious examples of failure to present…
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