And Andrew Coyne again:
Now here’s a story. Says here “Canada’s newspaper industry unites to advocate for Canadian Journalism Fund.” That’s what they’re calling the $350 million the papers want the federal government to give them every year to, well, let’s let them tell it.
According to Bob Cox, chairman of News Media Canada, “the industry has come together in an unprecedented way to” … What? Lobby for public funds? Plead for a rescue? No, to “support Canadians’ continued access to real news.”
Wait, there’s more. “In an unprecedented show of strength,” Cox says elsewhere, “our membership has come together to ask the government to” … Bail us out? Save our cushy jobs? No, to “modernize the existing Canadian Periodical Fund to address the current issues and crisis facing the dissemination of Canadian perspectives.”
By modernize, the industry means to expand, which is to say nearly quintuple a fund that was originally set up for magazines and small community papers to include the big-city dailies. That might sound a little self-serving, so the industry is keen to let you know that’s not what this is about. It’s not to save us. It’s to “save news.”
But if this is about saving news, it’s odd that the publishers should have such a narrow definition of it. Anyone who follows the news these days knows it comes from a vast array of sources: not only traditional newspapers and broadcasters, but Facebook, Twitter, online news outlets like Vice and Buzzfeed, personal or group blogs, and on and on, in every size and configuration.
Edited by VicHockeyFan, 20 June 2017 - 06:37 AM.
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