World leaders in journalism

On Monday, in the middle of our vacation idyll, we made our way to the local coffee shop for a rural capuccino and the papers.  Picking up the shop’s copy of the Vancouver Sun I came across this paragraph in a story about the Sun’s new on-line pay model:

“A growing number of major newspapers around the world, including the New York Times and London’s Times and Guardian, have adopted pay models for digital content. Today, The Sun follows suit.”

I looked up, smiled and read it out aloud to my companions.  Instant laughter.  Guffaws even.

And tomorrow?  Will the Western Shopper join this elite?

PS: if you haven’t read Tsakumis’ latest BC Rail scoop, please do so.  Our unelected Premier (along with most of the msm) says it’s not news, so of course it is.

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5 Responses to World leaders in journalism

  1. e.a.f. says:

    I stopped buying the sun & province about 5 yrs. ago. I can now put the money in the SPCA or Food Bank Jar. its not like they had anything important to say anymore. It wasn’t the paper of when I was growing up & they had real writers & political commentators. Now its just ads & proms & shootings, like who needs that.

    I certainly won’t be paying to read them on line. I did but only because it was free. I can read blogs & other newspapers on line & get much more correct information, with better writing & less right wing propaganda.

    If the sun & province want to be a real newspaper get rid of the current editors & hire real newspaper people who will do things like investigative reports. Sima Holt where are you when we need you?

    Its nice to have a newspaper but I currently read my local paper which is free & much more entertaining & informative.

  2. Michele says:

    Ian, all you have to do is use ‘Private browsing’ in Safari and they can’t track how many stories you have read – no payment required!

  3. Avery Moore says:

    “Pravda means ‘Truth’. Izvestia means ‘News’.” This began a saying familiar to many East Europeans during the years of USSR domination.

    The saying continued, “Pity! There is No Truth in Pravda! There is No News in Izvestia!”

    Thought experiment. How easily could you replace the words “Pravda” or “Izvestia”, slot in any number of media giants, and confidently assert that they offered neither News nor Truth..?

    That Postmedia has followed the Murdoch Strategy, as though performing a Keystone Kops symphony, and despite decades of declining media revenue [mirroring consistent public rejection of neo-con\neo-lib doctrine?] the belief that still more revenue can be gained by insulting readers by forcing them to pay to read, well… infantile shit, holds firm.

    Despite an expected further deterioration in readership, and further loss of credibility among those they support, does anyone believe Murdoch or Postmedia will revitalize their products by opting to support the Public over Private Interest?

    Anyone? No? Because?

    Propaganda campaigning has never allowed for that option.

    Curious how dysfunctional partisan myopia really is; no?

  4. Peg says:

    I will miss reading the Vancouver Sun online, not because I’ll miss its outstanding news articles, but because I’ll be missing a little bit ‘home’. I also read the UK Guardian online since London was ‘home’ for me for a number of years too. I have yet to receive news that the London Guardian will be charging for online reading. Here’s the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/
    Michele – thanks for the tip!

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