September 29, 2009

Is this really a crisis? Pundits weigh in....

By Alison Loat
Our first set of MP exit interviews began this week, our first of what will be several dozen interviews with MPs who left public life between 2004 and 2008. Incidentially, the period of these departures also kicked off what general wisdom has us believe to be a prolonged period of minority government in Canada. After nearly five and a half years of this not-unprecedented situation, recent medi... [More]

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September 25, 2009

The future of journalism, Can-Con style

By Alison Loat
With September comes back to school and no shortage of great talks on, among other things, the future of the media. We've already told you about our recent lunch with the's editor, Jim Brady, Mathew Ingram's TEDxTO talk and the CJF's recent panel exploring the changing media environment. One more to add to your collection. If you care about journalism, newspapers, public de... [More]

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September 21, 2009

Brain candy, follow-up

By Alison Loat
Earlier this month, we shared a couple of events of interest to those who care about the vibrancy of our public debates. In case you missed them, here are the highlights of two and links to where you can learn more. TEDxTO was excellent. Kudos to the organizers. The Torontoist's summary is a good one and the videos should be on at the TEDxTO site soon. Almost all the talks were fantastic, so ... [More]

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September 8, 2009

Covering public affairs in a changing media environment: editor at Samara

By Alison Loat
Jim Brady, the former executive editor of the and the U.S. consulting editor for The Guardian, came to Samara for lunch with a number of public affairs journalists, editors and producers to discuss covering politics and public affairs in a changing media environment. His talk was wide-ranging and fascinating to producers and consumers of news alike, full of great examples and... [More]

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