Businessman and philanthropist Joe Ricketts shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his workers voted to unionize.
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Joe Ricketts abruptly shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his employees voted to unionize. Is what he did legal? And how could similar events be prevented in the future?
Why has B.C. become home to Canada’s most vibrant news ecosystem? Credit the wellspring of creativity here — the province’s beauty and potential has long attracted change-makers.
A good news story about the news? It's true. In British Columbia, a digital news ecology is flowering through ‘coopetition’ – as Media Democracy Day will soon showcase.
‘When you look back on it, where else would those articles appear? The Saturday Evening Post?’
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Ramparts started as a Catholic literary magazine. But when Warren Hinckle took the helm, he developed a layout, voice and rebellious spirit that Rolling Stone would go on to mimic.
Ralph Northam, Democrat of Virginia, has cruised to a comfortable victory over his Republican rival. But you wouldn’t have predicted that based on Virginia’s newspaper endorsements.
It's time for newspapers to stop telling their dwindling number of subscribers how to vote.
A worker cleans a statue of Vladimir Lenin in St. Petersburg. But how much Russian history gets whitewashed today?
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Because the Kremlin hopes to project strength and unity, history isn't used as much to inform as it is to inspire, with events cherry-picked to fit within a fuzzy framework of 'Russian greatness.'
One happy customer.
EPA-EFE/Koen van Weel
Why do so many people queue overnight (or longer) for an over-priced, at best incrementally-changed gadget?
People attend a protest demanding South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s resignation in Seoul, South Korea, December 24, 2016.
Compared with their counterparts in other democratic countries, South Korea's national public broadcasters are politically vulnerable.
The British Breakfast Companion.
A unique collaborative journalism project revealed industry and government officials in Saskatchewan were aware of significant public safety hazards from potentially deadly hydrogen sulphide gas.
Canadian newspapers are in trouble, and there are no philanthropic efforts afoot to rescue them. The National Student Investigative Reporting Network, or NSIRN, is aiming to make a difference.
It seems that Russian state media is starting to chip away at Trump’s burnished image.
The country's state-run media outlets have been quick to denounce any election meddling talk as anti-Russian hysteria. So what's behind the shift in tone?
Weinstein in Cannes.
Gathering testimonies is one thing, the next is to publish and risk the might of heavyweight lawyers.
The status of facts and their use in politics hasn’t changed as a result of Donald Trump’s election.
In politics, alternative facts exist. And they always have.
YouTube stars Zoella and PewDiePie.
Old-fashioned gender stereotypes are rife on YouTube.
Nick Kyrgios has written of his on-court struggles for athletes’ website PlayersVoice.
The new wave of athlete-to-fan digital products will be faced with a few challenges if they are to be successful.
The highest-profile Australian currently imprisoned overseas, Cassie Sainsbury, is detained in Colombia on drug charges. She was arrested at Bogota airport in April with 5.8kg of cocaine in her suitcase…
Deep-space journeys will have plenty of downtime.
Astronauts traveling to Mars and beyond would face serious psychological challenges. A well-designed media program – based on an old-fashioned schedule – might help make life at least a bit easier.
What may be deemed in the public interest today may not be so in a decade’s time.
Despite arguments that it is too loose, ambiguous and easy to hide behind, the 'public interest' is an integral part of the discourse, law, regulation and governance of modern democracies.
A couple watch film footage of the Vietnam war on a television in their living room.
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After footage from America's first 'living room war' shocked the public, the government would clamp down on media coverage of future military conflicts.
The Conversation welcomes the small publisher’s jobs and innovation package negotiated by the Nick Xenophon Team as part of the government’s media reform bill. “Access to this funding will make an immediate…
A recent research project about the 2015 Canadian election showed social media is no substitute for local news coverage.
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Local news is as important to communities as clean air, but the failing business model of traditional journalism has left the local news industry in rapid decline.