Mark on November 23rd, 2009

According to the CTV News, the City of Vancouver, which is cutting its spending, will shell out $300,000 for Olympic tickets, and the provincial government, also cutting, is spending $1 million on tickets. And one federal government ministry has spent $447,000 on tickets. These are three of the many governing bodies in the province and […]

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Mark on November 11th, 2009

Some thoughts that come to mind while (and after) reading Derek Willis’s post, Buying Into Computational Journalism. (1) Even though computational journalism (like CAR and even investigative journalism) is a rather small offshoot of the tribe, an understanding of the techniques involved should be as widely known as possible by all journalists. (2) We need […]

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Mark on June 15th, 2009

One of the problems with reporting is that we are drawn to conflict because “that’s where the story is.” I was as guilty of that as anyone when I covered city council, school board and other community meetings. Issues that resulted in long, contentious debate tended to get most of my attention, regardless of whether […]

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Mark on March 23rd, 2009

Media reporting of medical studies isn’t broken, but it does have a major crack in it. Fortunately, it would be easy enough to fix, if we can convince those who write about medical studies to stray from the current template. Here’s the template, courtesy of a recent Vancouver Sun article. The study may not be […]

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Mark on November 17th, 2008

Every reporter picks and chooses to build a narrative from an event, but the difference between these two reports on Rupert Murdoch’s recent lecture on the future of newspapers — Murdoch upbeat about future of newspapers in the Globe & Mail and Murdoch to media: You dug yourself a huge hole at CNET News — […]

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Mark on June 4th, 2008

View Larger Map The headline and deck in the Vancouver Sun RSS feed caught my attention: Police warn women walking alone and Three separate sexual offences have occurred near Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. Queen Elizabeth Park is not far from where I live, so I’m interested. The article tells me everything I need to […]

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Mark on May 20th, 2008

This is too frustrating: I was following the headline, BCE shares pounded, from my newsreader, not because of any deep interest in finance but because I was curious was BCE stands for. I read through the Globe & Mail article, then clicked through four different links to related stories and still couldn’t find out. The […]

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Mark on February 28th, 2008

I’ve written somewhat disparagingly about polls and the media’s over-reliance on them as “news.” These three headlines (a bit of detail in brackets), all from today at Teagan Goddard’s Political Newswire, don’t deal directly with the media, but they do give you a pretty good idea of why I feel that way: IA Poll: Clinton […]

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Mark on February 21st, 2008

This may be the best journalism-related post on the ‘net at the moment: Andy Dickinson’s A video guide to video strategy. Go watch.

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Mark on April 6th, 2004

One benefit of the Internet — at least for news junkies — may be an increased appreciation of the job professional reporters do in telling the news. That thought came to me today as I tried to stay on top of what is happening in Iraq, through a combination of online newspapers, TV and blogs. Right now, the various “real” journalism sites are reporting that anywhere from “fewer than a dozen” (CNN) to 130 (Sky TV) Americans have been killed in an attack in Ramadi.

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