J-Links for Aug. 13: Raffi vs. journos on Twitter; On political journalism; Myanmar gets journalist association after 50 years


In Canadian media:

Children’s singer Raffi ‘loses it’ at journos on Twitter


In Canadian media:

Children’s singer Raffi ‘loses it’ at journos on Twitter

Last week the iconic children’s singer Raffi got a little miffed at a number of journalists on Twitter after it was reported that Baby Beluga, the subject of one of Raffi’s most famous songs, had died. Raffi, whose last name is Cavokian, was upset because the whale that died was actually named Kavna, and she inspired Raffi to create a song about Baby Beluga. He took to Twitter to tell journalists and fans that the information was wrong and to delete any tweets mentioning Baby Beluga.

Paul Adams on Canadian political journalism

Journalist and former political science professor Paul Adams shares his views on the history of the country’s political journalism — beginning at the time he was a research assistant on Parliament Hill to the state it’s at today. Although he thinks it’s come a long way, he says we aren’t living in a Golden Age of political journalism — but bets that in a few decades’ time someone will look back and write about it as if we were.

Canadian Bar Association honours editor Drew Hasselback

Drew Hasselback, the Financial Post’s Legal Post editor has been awarded the Canadian Bar Association’s 2012 Justicia for outstanding print in journalism. Hasselback was chosen for his coverage of last December’s evolution of Ontario’s summary judgment rule, which allows judges to rule on a case before it gets to a full trial. Hasselback accepted the award at the bar association’s national conference in Vancouver over the weekend.


In international media:

Myanmar gets journalist association after 50 years without one

On August 11, the Myanmar Journalist Associated was established after a 50-year gap in the country without any independent body to represent journalists. The national-level body consists of four groups: print, online, broadcast and independent news agencies and will help with the development of press freedom and the protection of journalists, among other things.


Today’s Read:

Star columnist Rosie DiManno’s A to Z Olympics

Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno writes a roundup from A to Z of the London 2012 Olympic Games after its closing ceremony yesterday. From fashion and females to athletes and sports, DiManno’s personal A to Z recalls some of the Games best highlights.