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Some resources for Victoria’s MSM

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

This is a response to my Tuesday post on Victoria’s MSM and SM panel discussion, “No policy …no strategy, either,” with a list of resources that local media might want to investigate.

No policy …no strategy, either

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Tonight I attended the 14th meeting of Victoria’s Social Media Club to listen to five panelists from Victoria’s mainstream media (MSM) talk about how new media (including social media) is affecting their business. Panelists included Bryan Capistrano (promotion director for radio station The Zone); Amanda Farrell-Low (arts editor for weekly paper Monday Magazine); Dana Hutchings […]

Comment quality?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

How do you fix the poor quality of online newspaper comments boards? Why are forum or blog post comments so much better? And does anonymity have much to do with it? (Hint: the answer is “no”!)

City Hall sure likes to feather its staffing bed

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The City of Victoria announces a new hire to head up its Engineering Department, and in passing we read that they’ve also hired a new director of internal audit and risk management. Say what?

Great title for my letter-to-the-editor

Friday, November 28th, 2008

I missed this when it was published on 11/13, but my letter in response to Les Leyne’s Times-Colonist column on the carbon tax (see my blog entry about it, Cracking cement: Industry and municipalities could work together) did make it into the paper. The editor came up with a witty title for it: Cast a […]

News that skews

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

This is an entry about a story of local interest, but its implications are broader. It is also about truth in newspaper reporting, about credibility, and the problems that develop under a media monopoly. The other day I came across two versions of the same article, published by two different papers in the Canwest newspaper […]

Cracking cement: Industry and municipalities could work together

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Les Leyne had an interesting article in today’s local paper, Cement industry fears carbon tax squeeze, which prompted me to write a letter to the editor in response. It seems to me that this problem offers an opportunity for some disruptive creative thinking, which could create a win-win situation for municipalities and industry. Some key […]

Twitter and local mainstream media

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Victoria’s local paper, the Times-Colonist, which is part of the CanWest empire and therefore not a particularly local paper at all, recently began twittering. Admittedly, I was really surprised to see @timescolonist show up on such a site.  Not only that, but its editor-in-chief, Lucinda Chodan, also tweets: @lchodan. I had a conversation with someone […]

File under: Shameless reposting of a locally reported story

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

An article in our local paper just caught my eye: Belmont student’s edgy speech sparks complaints, by Louise Dickson. Now we all know that the official paper never does what the bloggers do (ow!, where’s my tongue? heck, I think I dislodged it!), and naturally all headlines are to be taken at face value …sure. […]

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