TAG: Journalism

The iPhone Good Enough for the Chicago Sun Times

In a bizarre move for any organization, let alone a “traditional” journalism outfit, the Chicago Sun Times today laid off the entirety of its 28-person photography staff. This news includes word that the Sun Times is training its reporting staff to take pictures with iPhone (or smartphone?) cameras. The newspaper’s statement reads like a confession:

The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.

While this news is clearly taken as bad by anyone who rages over photographic quality (they do have a point), the business realities in news seem to be outweighing the ability for them to pay for quality. I would expect more bold moves by large newspapers in the coming months.

Digital News Is Changing – The Globe And Mail Forces A Paywall

“It gives them better journalism”

With that, Globe and Mail’s editor-in-chief John Stackhouse explains why adding a paywall to globeandmail.com will be better for all of us Canadians. With this move on October 22, The Globe becomes the first of Canada’s national newspapers to force a paywall on it’s readers. All indications are that few people consider this a positive move (of 99 comments on one paywall-related article, I found one positive and many deleted). A bold move?

Is Blogging Journalism?

Journalism-DefiniitionOn a basic level, I do think blogging is a journalistic endeavour. More so today than at any other time in history. After reading a piece by Peter Nowak wherein he says blogging cannot be journalism without an editor – I wanted to respond to that idea. It’s not a bad idea (heck, he may even be right) – but I disagree. And, while, I have never had an editor, I can certainly say I’ve seen enough of traditional journalism and just outright poorly written articles that seemly include the use of editors. If we consider the above definition, journalism can never be a blog. But, if we consider journalists as members of the Fourth Estate – this definition changes. Blogs with or without editors can claim to be journalists, and I’ll explain why.

Journal-schism – The Dawn Of Blogalism

Paper-BagGood night, and good luck.” – Edward R. Murrow

That was the catchphrase of a great broadcaster. With that, Murrow became a legend and, I suspect, inspired a generation. Generations of journalists and bloggers are converging on something entirely new. This story is about how journalism has changed, how it is today something different. This is the story about how something I have resisted has come full circle and inhabited a part of my own life in ways I never thought possible. It’s also important to say, I’m no expert in journalism – my perspective is a unique one though. I grew up in the radio newsroom and I learned of journalists from the inside. Also, I am part of that “new” technology blogger-ati that cow-tows to no editorialist, that plays fast and loose with the truth, and is shifting what we see in news for better or worse. What we’re seeing here is, I think, a seismic shift in how things work.

That generation Murrow inspired likely included none other than my own father, Gene Costain. He spent much of his work-life as a radio newscaster for radio stations such as CKO in Toronto. I wish I had been paying more attention to what was going on around me too, but I generally had a distaste for this environment of reporters. My exposure to these newsrooms was fairly extensive as I would often tag along with him while his did his broadcast. Many of my memories of his times on-air in those small padded booths with microphones involved him reading word-for-word from AP wire papers or text copy that was ever so slightly altered from what the wire said. Today, I’m able to bring my view of past journalism and look at it through the eyes of today’s bloggers.

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