Robert Washburn

Robert Washburn

Professor of e-journalism Publisher of Consider This

Recent Posts

Time to sort yourself out around recycling, Phase 2 kicking in

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Putting out garbage can be so frustrating. You go to put out the waste and you don’t have a bag tag. Or, you are lying in bed and suddenly the sound of the screeching brakes from the garbage truck snap you out of a deep sleep. You frantically rush to get stuff out to the curb. The entire time you are cursing under your breath that the truck came by at 10 in the morning last week. Continue Reading →

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Local small business preparing for Christmas shopping season, says councillor

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I don’t know about your neighbourhood, but where I live there are lots of Christmas decorations going up. On my social media, friends are posting pictures of decked-out trees already. If you go to the stores, the Christmas sections are looking pretty decimated. People seem really keen to get ready for the holidays. That is no surprise. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg woman shares a story of abuse, pain and courage

Quite often, when talking about women who are abused, people will say, “Why don’t they just leave.” But, it is never that simple. On today’s show, Nicole Thompson, a Cobourg resident, will share her story of abuse. It is a story told with conviction and with brutal honesty. More than anything, it is a story about courage. Nicole’s account of her journey away from abuse is like so many others. Continue Reading →

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Now we need to rebuild local newsrooms

After nearly four years swimming through a tangled morass of chaos, misinformation, and an executive power hostile to its purpose, the US media is coming up for air. The world beyond a Trump presidency promises the luxury of spare time and attention. That’s good news. But the Trump administration […]
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‘Saving the journalism industry will require community support’

With American technology companies Facebook and Google collecting around 80 per cent of digital advertising revenue in Canada, some media companies are pushing against their “monopolistic” practices for a fairer playing field. – Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star At least 250 Canadian newspapers have shut down since 2013. […]
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‘Saving the journalism industry will require community support’

With American technology companies Facebook and Google collecting around 80 per cent of digital advertising revenue in Canada, some media companies are pushing against their “monopolistic” practices for a fairer playing field. – Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star At least 250 Canadian newspapers have shut down since 2013. […]
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Friends rally around woman by forming a new group to fight racism in Cobourg

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When Valerie Gallagher came to Cobourg, she was looking to make a fresh start. She was impressed by the small-town feeling and it looked like a welcoming place for her and her family. But before she even moved into her new home, she was confronted by harassment. From there it grew into a racially motivated conflict involving lawyers and the police. The racism followed her to work, where she was the object of slurs that were both overt and others that were muted. Continue Reading →

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Diversity initiative launched by town hoping to make Cobourg more inclusive, says councillor

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The death of George Floyd ignited an explosion of anti-racism protests around the world, as well as Northumberland County. He was the American man who died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police last spring. Demonstrations were held in Cobourg and Port Hope. There was a flurry of statements by local politicians and community leaders condemning racist behaviour. In September, Cobourg council decided to take it a step further. Continue Reading →

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