19 Mar

Canadian Jewish News redesigns print edition

<p><br /><img alt="" class="imagecache-large inline-image" src=" redesigned_0.JPG" title="" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>A preview of the redesigned Canadian Jewish News, which will be launched on April 10</em></p><p><strong>By Tamara Baluja, Associate Editor</strong></p><p>The <em>Canadian Jewish News (CJN)</em> is undergoing a major redesign for the first time in 30 years, said editor-in-chief Yoni Goldstein.</p>

30 Jan

Does an aboriginal Canadian need to be “drumming, dancing, drunk or dead” to make the news?

<p><strong>By Duncan McCue</strong></p><p>An elder once told me the only way an Indian would make it on the news is if he or she were one of the 4Ds: drumming, dancing, drunk or dead.</p><p>C’mon, I said, that’s simplistic. I can show you all kinds of different news stories—about aboriginal workers running a forestry operation, an aboriginal student winning a scholarship or an aboriginal group repatriating a sacred artifact.</p>

28 Jan

Scribble Chat: Entrepreneurship In Journalism

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19 Dec

Canadian Jewish News names new president and editor

<p>Elizabeth Wolfe is the new president of the <em>Canadian Jewish News (CJN)</em>. Wolfe, who previously served as  vice-president, took helm of the independent Jewish newspaper last week when Donald Carr stepped down as president after 23 years. The <em>CJN</em> also appointed Yoni Goldstein as the new editor starting Jan. 6, 2014.</p>

15 Aug

Canadian Jewish News returns to print

<p><strong>By Paul Weinberg and Tamara Baluja</strong></p><p>Canada’s only independent Jewish newspaper returned to print on Aug. 1.</p><p><em>Canadian Jewish News </em>president Donald Carr said devoted readers forced the board to reconsider its decision to go to a digital-only version in the face of declining advertising revenue. The 42-year-old weekly newspaper published its last edition on June 20 – two months after warning readers of the change. A third of the staff was laid off, including long-time editor Mordechai Ben-Dat.</p>

11 Jul

Journalists for Human Rights launches new program in northern Ontario

<p><strong>By Tamara Baluja</strong></p><p>Journalists for Human Rights is turning its attention to Canada for the first time in its 11-year history.</p><p>While the Toronto-based NGO has trained journalists mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, it launched a new program in northern Ontario that seeks to increase Aboriginal-Canadian participation in local and national media.</p>

14 Jun

The Grid lays off four staff

<p><em>The Grid</em> has laid of four staff members, according to the <a href="">Canadian Magazine blog</a>.</p><p>Deputy editor Pat Lynch, staff writer David Topping, associate editor Matthew Halliday and assistant online editor Rob Duffy have been let go. Senior editor Edward Keenan <a href="">tweeted</a> the cuts represent a quarter of 16 full-time staff.</p>

14 Jun

The Coast makes waves: How a Halifax alt weekly got a Michener nomination

<p><strong>By Tamara Baluja</strong></p><p>Kyle Shaw remembers the first time he was invited as a guest to attend the Michener Awards ceremony. He had met John Raulston Saul, husband of then governor-general Adrienne Clarkson in 2004, and the two started talking passionately about journalism.</p><p>“All I could think was, that’s not how I wanted to attend the Micheners,” said Shaw, now editor at <em>The Coast</em>. “I didn’t want to go as a guest; I wanted to be there as a nominee.”</p>

2 May

tonight signs TTC distribution deal

<p><strong style="font-size: 10px;">By Tamara Baluja</strong></p><p><em>tonight</em> newspaper has scored big with a distribution deal that allows the free biweekly paper inside the TTC subway stations as of this week.</p><p>Publisher and co-founder John Cameron said <em>tonight</em> had been chasing after this deal since its inception four years ago. Although the newspaper is handed out by newsies outside the stations, Cameron says actually having the newspaper on Gateway Newstands inside the stations will boost readership.</p>

23 Apr

Live blog of The Walking Dead: Do Traditional Art Critics Have A Future?

<p>With armchair art and theatre critics proliferating online, media cutbacks reducing the number of those who critique for a living, and celebrity news trumping cultural coverage, is the relevance of the traditional art and theatre critic less--or greater--than it once was? This discussion explores the Internet's impact on art criticism, and what it means for the arts and its audiences.