Other News

Who owns Postmedia and why?

April 17th, 2014

It’s no secret that Postmedia Network, publisher of the National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun and other major Canadian dailies, is hemorrhaging money.

La Presse says free tablet app gamble paid off

April 17th, 2014

When La Presse launched its app for free after a $40-million investment, industry insiders were baffled. As newspapers move toward digital subscriptions, paywalls and other revenue streams, here was La Presse giving away content for free.

Copy editing software replacing human hardware

April 17th, 2014

Grammarly, an automated copy-editing subscription service, continues to grow, raising questions about the impact that automated editing will have on the journalism industry’s copy editors.

Globe and Mail launches native ad project

April 16th, 2014

The Globe and Mail is launching a 90-day advertising project for General Electric on its desktop and mobile websites. The project, which launches April 16, will appear in the Report on Business,

L.A. Register’s launch draws criticism

April 16th, 2014

The Los Angeles Register launches Wednesday. Owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz “are hand-delivering copies of the newspaper on Wednesday to business and civic leaders across Los Angeles,” the paper says in a press release.

Newspaper generated by algorithms not editors

April 16th, 2014

The Guardian has been experimenting with limited-edition printed newspapers that are produced by algorithms, based on the sharing habits of readers, and is rolling out a new version in the U.S. soon.

A closer look at Alaska newspaper purchase

April 15th, 2014

The news out of Anchorage Tuesday afternoon had one of those story lines too good to check — plucky little digital upstart Alaska Dispatch is buying the legacy Anchorage Daily News for $34 million from The McClatchy Co.

Read now, pay later

April 15th, 2014

LaterPay is the brainchild of Cosmin Ene and Jonas Maurus, and it’s a simple idea. Instead of signing up for websites or paying several smalls sums for reading articles, users simply “read now and pay later”.

U.S. fracking companies licking their lips over Ukraine

April 15th, 2014

From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine.

New Torstar code of business conduct raises concerns

April 14th, 2014

The Toronto Star updated its journalism ethics code in 2011; a good case can be made for its being the best in Canada. Now Star journalists have more guidelines to follow, in Torstar’s  new Business Code of Conduct.