J-Links for July 12: Alberta’s papers cut staff; Rabbble.ca’s new iBook; Mexican papers quit covering crime for own safety


In Canadian media:

Climenhaga: Postmedia offering buyouts to staff at Alberta papers



In Canadian media:

Climenhaga: Postmedia offering buyouts to staff at Alberta papers


David Climenhaga talks about the perils of today’s newspaper industry, focusing on two Alberta papers: Postmedia'’s Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald. The Journal stopped publishing its Sunday paper on June 24 and he says both papers are once again offering buyouts to staff. On Tuesday, Postmedia executives elaborated on a three-year restructuring plan while discussing yet another quarter of losses with investors.

Rabble.ca teams with UWO students to create eBook


Canadian independent news website rabble.ca has released a Best of rabble.ca eBook for the iPad. It features video, photographs, podcasts, audio clips and 225 pages of articles from the past year at rabble.ca. Online journalism students from the University of Western Ontario created the iBook.


Be wary of “tech geeks” when it comes to content and don’t use Journatic, says one journo

Stuart Thomson of the Edmonton Journal shares his views on the content provider Journatic and why journalists need to keep journalism integrity in mind, rather than listening to what "“tech geeks with no experience in journalism”" say.


In international media:

In Mexico, papers have stopped covering crime due to violent attacks by drug cartels 

The El Manana newspaper in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico says it will no longer cover violent criminal disputes after being attacked for the second time in two months with grenades. The El Manana publically announced its decision on Tuesday, and it isn’t the only paper to stop crime coverage; other northern Mexican papers have done the same, but quietly. Papers are doing so protect their staff against threats and attacks, which have included kidnappings and murder


Today's read:



Former Toronto woman runs safe house for Al-Qaeda suicide bombers

Westerners who are recruited into the militant Islamic group al Shabab have support in a small town called Merca in Somali where a former Toronto woman named Fadumo Jama runs a safe-house. It’s believed that she’s been in Merca for four years, where she supports men in the weeks before their suicide bombing missions. There are young women who have reportedly been lured into the group, including two young Somali-Canadian girls.