No News Is Bad News
Canada's Media Collapse -- and What Comes NextBook - 2016
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"...Finley Peter Dunne's oft-cited maxim that good journalism is that which 'comforts the afflicted (and) afflicts the comfortable'."
"Journalists[...] are less trusted than police, schools, banks, and the justice system, and onl marginally more trusted than federal Parliament and corporations. But what journalists do is important, and it isn't just the business of rooting out liars, holding policy-makers accountable, probing the public accounts, championing the underdogs, or hounding the overlords[...]it is more importantly the practice of using stories as a way to help people makes sense of their world."
"Canadian media industries are collapsing. Newspapers have been particularly hard hit. Once-venerable papers, some as long-lived as Confederation, have closed outright, newsrooms gutted, their content mostly worthless. All this has happened under the noses of regulators who don't do their jobs and reporters who mostly don't do theirs, either..."
"There is a distinction to be made between propping up deadwood newspapers - don't bother - and supporting the technical development and product initiation of quality digital platforms upon which journalists - themselves unsubsidized by the government - can practice their craft."
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