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Fictional anchorman Ted Baxter, center, flanked by newsroom boss Lou Grant and colleague Mary Richards, on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ in 1970. Bettmann/Getty

Fictional newsman Ted Baxter was more invested in fame than in good journalism – but unlike today’s pundits, he didn’t corrupt the news

Today’s anchors on politically slanted news programs feed anger and polarization with their wild claims. Their ancestor is a character from ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ – with one big difference.
Journalists covering scientific research during the COVID-19 pandemic increased their reliance on preprints. (Shutterstock)

Journalists reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic relied on research that had yet to be peer reviewed

Preprints are often free to use, making them more accessible for journalists to report on. However, as they have yet to undergo peer review, science journalists take a gamble on their accuracy.
Duncan McCue, left, walks with Rocky James, a podcast guest on CBC’s ‘Kuper Island.’ (Evan Aagaard/CBC Podcasts)

How to decolonize journalism — Podcast

Canadian journalist institutions have failed to address their ongoing colonialism and that has meant that urgent Indigenous issues have been ignored or sensationalized.
Bianca Andreescu was awarded the 2019 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year. The Toronto Star recently decided to remove Lou Marsh’s name from the trophy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hans Deryk

The complex legacy of Lou Marsh and his trophy

The Toronto Star’s decision to rename its Lou Marsh trophy reminds us of the ways sports journalism has amplified damaging and racist tropes.
Bianca Andreescu was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year in 2019. The trophy is awarded annually to Canada’s top athlete as chosen by a panel of journalists. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hans Deryk

The Toronto Star is making the right move by renaming the Lou Marsh trophy

While changing the name of the Lou Marsh Trophy is a necessary first step, the weight of Marsh’s legacy will be felt until we fully understand the damage done by his history of sports journalism.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma appearing in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in 2020 on charges of corruption. Photo by Kim Ludbrook/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma is taking a top reporter to court. The verdict could affect journalists’ rights

Former South African president Zuma is trying to turn the contestation of a court hearing into an all-out war and chill those who pursue justice against him.

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