Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Changing news

Recommended reading today is the first article of a five-part series by Nick Fillmore (see his impressive media credentials below) focusing on the need for more independent media in Canada. Print, broadcast and Internet-based.

The rabble.ca intro reads:

Editor's Note: This is the first of a five-part series that will address the need to develop independent media - print, broadcast and Internet-based - in Canada. All five articles will appear on rabble.ca. This first article explores the reasons why traditional media or corporate media - that is, corporate-owned newspapers, TV, and radio - no longer provide reliable news and information to the Canadian public. The next article, to appear on December 15, will look at how for-profit corporate media have filtered and censored the news for decades.

Is your community poorly served by the traditional media? Would you like to become involved in a group to see if an independent media project could be launched? It is hoped that this series of articles will encourage public-minded groups to set up new media projects in their city, town, or region. Interested groups and individuals are invited to send us their comments on the series along with any ideas on how to establish independent media projects. Send your comments to editor@rabble.ca and fillmore0274@rogers.com

End of intro.

About the author:

Mr. Fillmore, formerly was an editor and producer with the CBC for 18 years, which included the position of Canadian Desk Editor at The National TV News, and head of an investigative journalism unit at CBC Radio’s Sunday Morning program. He’s a former member of the THIS Magazine Editorial Board, a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail from the Maritimes, and a former staff member with Reuters in London. Nick is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). He’s now a freelance journalist and media fundraiser based in Toronto. He can be reached at: fillmore0274@rogers.com

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