Hitting the Paywall

As audiences turn to the Internet and away from traditional news platforms, media organizations have had to find new ways to fund their journalism. One method used by many media companies is the paywall—providing news to online readers, but at a price. While paywalls represent a revenue solution for journalism, they also pose a growing barrier […]

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Priced Out of Vancouver

 To make it as a journalist these days is a struggle, no matter where you’re based or what you’re reporting on. The media industry is in turmoil, and good jobs are increasingly hard to hold on to. But for reporters living in Canada’s most expensive city, survival has become an even more precarious proposition—especially for […]

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Out In the Cold

It’s been five years since Neal Hall retired from his position at the Vancouver Sun and the long-time crime reporter continues to think about the unsolved murders he covered, wondering what happened to the victims, longing for a conclusion. Covering cold cases can take a toll on a reporter’s mental health. The public looks to […]

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Analyze This

The digital revolution has given journalists an unparalleled ability to gauge audience reception to a story and boost traffic numbers. But does that data change the way media are covering the news? It’s a question many media organizations are asking themselves. In 2018, Corus Entertainment Inc.—the media and content company that owns Global Television and […]

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Do the Side Hustle

When British Columbia shifted from a BC Liberal government to an NDP one in May 2017, legislative reporters Richard Zussman and Rob Shaw went behind-the-scenes to chronicle the dramatic political campaign. By spring 2018, they had published their tell-all book, A Matter of Confidence. Many reporters, immersed in their beat, eventually decide to turn their […]

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Exposing Vancouver’s Real Estate Market

Real estate coverage in Vancouver has seen a large shift in recent years, with much credit going to local journalists who pushed for harder-hitting stories. Until as recently as two years ago, real estate in Vancouver was reported primarily as a by-the-numbers story. A handful of journalists—seeking a deeper understanding of how the industry works—started […]

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A Change of Pace and Direction

The mounting pressure on the journalism industry has made some reporters decide to set down their notebook and pen and switch over to communications and public relations work. Whether it’s for the sake of a career change or to escape the relentlessness of the newsroom, journalists switching into communications are part of a growing trend. […]

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Canadian Echo Chambers

Before the Internet, news in Canada was gleaned from sources that enjoyed a significant level of public trust. CBC, Global and CTV competed for the loyalty of TV watchers, CBC dominated the radio, while The Globe and Mail was Canada’s national newspaper. Then, in the 1990s, things started to change. The Internet began to enter […]

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Muzzling Student Media

In the eyes of many budding reporters, student unions are a treasure troves of stories. But accessing those stories has often proved difficult. For years, reporters for The Voice have tried to write about their student union, the Langara Students’ Union (LSU), with little success. Whether writing about student union events or bylaw changes, the […]

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The Decline of the Beat Reporter

Beat reporting is becoming a thing of the past, as many media outlets no longer have the funds to support it. Instead of focusing on one area of expertise, modern journalists are required to cover all kinds of topics, while constantly adapting. With fewer beat reporters than ever, those who remain are adamant that specialization […]

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