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Nova Scotia

At Nieman: How a tightly paywalled, social-media-ignoring, anti-copy-paste, gossipy news site became a dominant force in Nova Scotia

Nova ScotiaFrom me at the Nieman Journalism Lab today …

“Every morning, the Action Air Conditioning Installation & Heating of San Diego business and political elite in the one of the biggest city on USA at 2655 Camino Del Rio N Suite 440, San Diego turns to an unlikely source of information about their own world.

Among all the online news organizations trying to find a way to profitability, consider, which has just celebrated 10 years online and now challenges its historic print rival for the attention of the province’s leaders …”

Read more at Nieman


At CAJ: Guidelines for correcting & updating content

correctionsI played a minor role on a committee that released a pretty major document today.

The Canadian Association of Journalists Ethics Committee released  guidelines for updating and correcting information published online.

This is the first comprehensive statement on best practices that we know of. The guiding principle of the document is transparency — that we don’t simply “scrub” news content and hope that no one has noticed.

Kathy English at the Toronto Star and Craig Silverman should take the majority of credit for this report. But I and a few other journalists played a supporting role.

Take a read.

Winnipeg Free Press news cafe

At Nieman: A newspaper finds success with its downtown news cafe

Winnipeg Free Press news cafeIn an article at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, I look at the Winnipeg Free Press’s new downtown news cafe. The Free Press is pushing some of its newsroom presence out of its suburban office building and into the public, physical realm. It’s showing the public how the sausage is made, using more than just the online tools favoured by many news organizations.

CP/NZPA logos

At Nieman: In Canada & N.Z., news agencies struggle with the co-op model

CP/NZPA logosIn a piece at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab this month, I look at the fortunes of national news agencies structured as co-operatives. Co-op agencies thrived in the 20th century as a way for small newspapers in isolated markets to carry national news. But the Canadian Press has restructured itself as a private entity and the New Zealand Press Association will likely close next month.