Opening plenary - What the heck is happening to journalism?
Session hashtag: #CAJ16openThis year has been (another?) dire year for media in Canada.Alongside the continual trickle of layoffs, downsizings and closures, the Canadian media landscape was hit by a succession of gut-punching announcements to kick off the new year.In January, TorStar Corp. announced the closure of its Vaughan, Ont., printing plant and the layoff of Star Touch contract journalists from its newsroom.The week after, Postmedia Network pulled the rug out from journalists working in Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver as what were two competing newsrooms were shotgun-married into a single newsroom — a decision that carried 90 layoffs and buyouts. Neither decision alone comes to meet the pending need to pay down debt.The week after that, Rogers Media announced that 200 positions would be eliminated from its print and broadcast operations, touching magazines, television and radio operations across Canada. This matched an almost-identical decision by Bell Media in 2015.In the space of a January week, daily newspapers ceased publishing in Nanaimo, B.C., and Guelph, Ont.Our panelists, moderated by CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey, will start from the depressing state of the industry and move into a discussion on what could be done to allow journalists to keep doing what they want to do: Keep Canadians informed about the things they need to know happening in their country, province and local community.
3rd & 7 37yd
3rd & 7 37yd
@margogoodhand says we need to change our funding model, points to interesting work @Walrusmagazine is doing with The Walrus Talks around the country.
by Rachel Aiello5/27/2016 2:53:38 PM
Using more collaborative storytelling tools, more ways into and to look at a story can be exciting, it's no longer just one person. It makes the newsroom more dynamic, says @mawwelch. #CAJ16open
by Rachel Aiello5/27/2016 2:57:36 PM
So far, the use of the big data experts is not as big-picture as it could be. So far, journalists are mainly using them to ask questions about how to work excel functions, for example. Instead of thinking about collaborating on a big project says @mawwelch, #CAJ16open
by Rachel Aiello5/27/2016 2:59:37 PM
Lewis says universities are a logical place for journalists to coalesce with former journalists and new initiatives being developed there. It's a trend to watch he says. #CAJ16open