I think the power twitter has to break down the boundary between the private and the professional might be a good thing for journalism in general. The very image of the journalist as “didactic observers and commentators rather than participants in debates and characters within stories” has always been a deception and it only leads to an implicit level of dishonesty in journalism that is unavoidable while the “objective disengaged observer” myth continues. We are all involved, we are all characters within the stories we witness and write. The position of a commentator is always a dishonest position. This does not mean we give up on standards, but we do give up on the idea that we would even want a disengaged observer to provide us with the story, such an observer wouldn’t be able to even understand what they are supposed to report on. There are some great interviews with top journalists about the future of journalism at http://www.ourblook.com/component/option,com_sectionex/Itemid,200076/id,8/view,category/#catid69 which I have found useful on these subjects.]]>
Sunday papers in Canada came late. I remember them starting when I was kid, some 30 or so years ago.
Here in Canada it’s the Saturday paper that is large. That edition tends to be the bread and butter of the newspaper industry.
Also, the National Post is cutting their Monday edition: http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2009/04/29/nationalpost-monday-editions.html]]>
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