Journalism Strategies


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Journalism Strategies Conference: mapping the future of journalism in Canada

For the next few days, I am at the Journalism Strategies Conference at McGill University in Montreal, giving a paper and talking with people about the future of journalism in Canada. Tonight, there is an great public event at the D.B Clarke Theatre at Concordia involving Tony Burman, former head of CBC and Al Jezzera and now at Ryerson, Dominique Payette, a professor at Laval and former CBC Radio-Canada journalist,  Kai Nagata, the young journalist who set off a huge debate when he posted to his blog about the state of journalism in Canada, and Judy Rebick, of Rabble. My paper, Journalism on the Ground in Rural Ontario: the viability of Hyperlocal News, will be presented at 9 a.m. Friday morning. From there, I will be attending panels, workshops and discussions. Coverage will come in several places. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg journalist and educator experiments with technology

COBOURG — Loyalist College professor Robert Washburn is test-driving what he considers a new model of journalism — for what he hopes will be a published paper, and what he is confident will work out to the benefit of students in the Journalism: On-line, Print and Broadcast program. For full story see Northumberland Today

Thanks to Cecilia Nasmith, the reporter for this story, who gave a great summary of my research into hyperlocal journalism and its role in revitalizing journalism in rural Canada. Not an easy topic at the best of times. She did a great job capturing what I am doing on this site over the next few months. Continue Reading →

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The Canadian Hyperlocal News Project launches

In an effort to explore innovative forms of journalism, the Canadian Hyperlocal News Project begins today. This article by Robert Washburn, professor of e-journalism at Loyalist College, starts the investigation with some basic terminology and an overview of this growing trend. But, it will not stop here. Over the upcoming days and months, the project will post articles, blogs, resources, links and other important materials to enhance the understanding of hyperlocal journalism and assist those interested in starting a hyperlocal news site. In addition, there will be opportunities for discussion on relevant topics and chances for timely debate on breaking news. Continue Reading →

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An assessment of the live blog for the Peterborough consultation

The Peterborough consultation session for the Citizens’ Assembly was a great opportunity for the e-journalism students to get some practical experience, along with providing a chance to test our technology. The results of the journalism are currently being edited, but the live coverage was most interesting. Barb MacEachern was chosen to live blog the event using Blackberry technology. Her task was to send coverage via email about every 10 minutes to the Online Pioneer Plus website ( A module called mailhandler within the website would translate the email into a blog entry. Continue Reading →

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Plans for Peterborough

Our first opportunity to cover a public consultation done by the Citizens’ Assembly for TVO is December 5, 2006. We assembled an excellent team of student journalists who will do the coverage. We held a meeting on Thursday November 30, 2006 to discuss our strategy. Remembering, this is a two-track process, we must ensure solid coverage for TVO, but also the team will prepare some special materials for the e-journalism web site, Online Pioneer Plus, using our own tools. The day’s coverage will begin with Mel Bikiuk doing an indepth series of streeters in downtown Peterborough and on Trent University campus. Continue Reading →

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Report for Fred Fletcher

Project summary
Nov 12, 2006

Things are picking up with the project. This weekend, broadcast students under the direction of Kathleen Bazurk, who instructs the remote broadcast component of the program, will be recording a presentation by Richard S. Katz, from John Hopkins University (Baltimore), an expert in democratic reform. The tapes will be sent to TVO for them to post to their site. We are preparing for our broadcast in Peterborough at Gzwoski College on Dec. 5. Continue Reading →

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