Eye on the Media

  • Halifax Explosion

    Wednesday December 06, 2017

    How reporter James Hickey broke the Halifax Explosion story, 30 minutes after blast

    Canadian Press reporter James Hickey was the first to file a report on the Halifax Explosion, sending out a 100-word flash bulletin to the Associated Press.

    Posted: Dec 06, 2017 8:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 06, 2017 3:06 PM ET
    Listen 7:26

    Tuesday November 07, 2017

    Focus on lives lost, not the killer, say critics on mass shooting news coverage

    “We would see a one-third decrease in mass shootings if the media agreed to adopt the ‘Don't name them, don't show them’ type of campaign.”

    Posted: Nov 07, 2017 3:09 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 07, 2017 12:15 PM ET
    Listen 19:43

    Wednesday June 07, 2017

    Is media responsible for protecting identity of whistleblowers?

    News outlet The Intercept has been criticized for compromising the identity of alleged NSA whistleblower Reality Winner.

    Posted: Jun 07, 2017 2:47 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 07, 2017 9:13 AM ET
    Listen 19:35
  • Journo Turned Liberal Flak

    Friday March 10, 2017

    Does public trust suffer when journalists cross over to work in politics?

    Since the Liberal government took power, at least half-a-dozen journalists have moved from jobs in media to jobs inside the corridors of power. Critics argue the move erodes the level of trust in our press, and in our democracy.

    Posted: Mar 10, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017 12:48 PM ET
    Listen 22:09
  • Trump

    Monday February 27, 2017

    the current Trump's media war 'calculated distraction' from Russia, say observers

    If reporters are labelled enemies, does that erode journalistic efforts to chronicle the actions of elected officials? After some news organizations were shut out by the White House, The Current looks at the consequences of freedom from the press.

    Posted: Feb 27, 2017 7:56 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 27, 2017 3:16 PM ET
    Listen 19:05
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    Friday January 27, 2017

    Canadian news industry at crisis point, suggests new report

    Canadian news media has been suffering through years of cuts, cutbacks, closures, consolidations and buyouts — Could they all be adding up to a threat to our democracy, and an opening for the spread of fake news?

    Posted: Jan 27, 2017 2:23 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 27, 2017 2:33 PM ET
    Listen 13:25
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    Monday January 23, 2017

    The Current Journalists warn against normalizing Trump

    The word "normalized" is heard quite a bit when it comes to how reporters should cover President Trump. And how to cover this unprecedented U.S. president is on the minds of editors and news consumers everywhere.

    Posted: Jan 23, 2017 7:54 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 23, 2017 4:00 PM ET
    Listen 19:29
  • Trump Changing Presidency Analysis

    Friday January 13, 2017

    The Current Donald Trump news conference 'clear attack on the free press'

    Journalists who have covered other countries say Trump's press conference this week is worrying — showing signs he's taking the first steps towards becoming authoritarian. So how do news outlets best cover the incoming U.S. administration?

    Posted: Jan 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017 1:02 PM ET
    Listen 19:13
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    Wednesday August 10, 2016

    The Current Rio 2016: Female Olympians face sexism in media

    Whether it's referring to women athletes as "girls," undue attention being paid to their appearances, or being introduced as "Mrs. So-and-So" — why are female athletes often covered in a way that undercuts their achievements?

    Posted: Aug 10, 2016 7:08 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 10, 2016 7:12 AM ET
    Listen 20:45
  • Police Shooting Missouri

    Wednesday June 08, 2016

    'White rage' causes racial unrest in U.S., says author

    Carol Anderson explores U.S. racial past and present in her new book White Rage:The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.

    Posted: Jun 08, 2016 9:20 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 08, 2016 2:30 PM ET
    Listen 24:39

    Monday May 16, 2016

    The Current Why it matters that Facebook decides what 1.5 billion see every day

    Facebook is now considered the biggest news distributor on the planet with an ever-expanding influence. Allegations the social media network suppresses topics of interest to conservatives have created a firestorm. The Current looks into the algorithm controversy.

    Posted: May 16, 2016 10:15 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 16, 2016 2:23 PM ET
    Listen 25:00

    Tuesday March 08, 2016

    Turkey's government tramples on press freedom with newspaper takeover, critics say

    The Turkish government has taken over one of the country's largest top media outlets as part of a wider crackdown. But will the West - which needs Turkey onside to deal with the refugees and ISIS - stand up for press freedom in that nation.

    Posted: Mar 08, 2016 8:15 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016 11:11 AM ET
    Listen 19:37
  • Mark Starowicz

    Tuesday March 01, 2016

    The Current Mark Starowicz on the decline of documentary production in Canada as interest rises

    A People's History was a ground breaking documentary series for the CBC back in the 90s and the man behind it would continue to shape the range and direction of documentaries in Canada for decades. So who better to consult on the state of the documentary?

    Posted: Mar 01, 2016 9:06 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016 12:49 PM ET
    Listen 25:27
  • Former Edmonton Journal Editor, Margo Goodhand

    Tuesday February 23, 2016

    Former newspaper editor bemoans death by a thousand cuts for Canada's dailies

    Things were looking up for Postmedia last March with its regulatory green light for the acquisition of Sun Media. But less than a year later, the layoffs began. The former editor of the Edmonton Journal Margo Goodhand joins us to talk about the erosion of newspapers.

    Posted: Feb 23, 2016 8:26 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 23, 2016 12:47 PM ET
    Listen 23:47
  • NYT reporter Rukmini Callimachi

    Wednesday February 10, 2016

    NYT reporter Rukmini Callimachi reveals the ethical challenges covering extremist groups

    Extremism is one of the most pressing and defining issues of our times, and it's been Rukmini Callimachi's focus as a New York Times foreign correspondent for years. She joins us to discuss the unique ethical challenges posed by covering extremists for a living.

    Posted: Feb 10, 2016 8:09 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 10, 2016 3:22 PM ET
    Listen 26:53
  • Postmedia

    Thursday January 28, 2016

    After massive layoffs, how can Canadian journalism survive?

    The cuts in news media jobs and circulation are dominating the news this week. If a business model isn't working anymore, should we use public subsidies to save papers? We convene a panel to discuss how traditional journalism can survive.

    Posted: Jan 28, 2016 8:16 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 1:33 PM ET
    Listen 24:02
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    Monday January 25, 2016

    Rwandan president 'extremely effective at crushing dissent,' says author

    After covering brutal conflict and crisis in several African countries. Anjan Sundaram headed to Rwanda to teach journalism. He was excited to be in a country praised by the West for its progressive President. And then he tried actually reporting.

    Posted: Jan 25, 2016 8:19 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 26, 2016 8:28 AM ET
    Listen 23:46

    Tuesday January 12, 2016

    the current Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo is not journalism

    Sean Penn and his El Chapo article in Rolling Stone have triggered a landslide of derision, annoyance, incredulity and perhaps even envy. So what did we get? Worthwhile insights? The fantastical fiction of a fugitive? Or just one guy's big adventure?

    Posted: Jan 12, 2016 7:52 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016 1:34 PM ET
    Listen 19:42
  • Paul Salopek walk

    Wednesday December 16, 2015

    The Current Paul Salopek discusses his 7-year-long conversation with strangers

    Paul Salopek has walked nearly six-thousand kilometres in a trek that is following the migration patterns of our earliest ancestors. It's a journalistic effort that reveals places and people others miss in their haste to meet a deadline. We've been following Paul's journey and check-in for an update.

    Posted: Dec 16, 2015 8:12 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 17, 2015 3:50 PM ET
    Listen 23:29
  • Jill Abramson, former executive editor at the New York Times

    Wednesday November 04, 2015

    Jill Abramson on how gender inequality follows women through careers

    As the Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson had one of the biggest jobs in journalism. And then suddenly it was gone. Curiously she never faced criticism for her journalistic judgement. Jill Abramson joins us to talk about the larger issues of equality in the newsroom.

    Posted: Nov 04, 2015 8:13 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 04, 2015 12:44 PM ET
    Listen 23:33
  • John Stackhouse - Mass Disruption

    Monday October 26, 2015

    John Stackhouse: Canada needs traditional media in digital era

    Media in the digital era gave us the ability to get information long before the presses print and from places we never could. But some worry how this affects the future of serious journalism and accountability. John Stackhouse shares his thoughts on "Mass Disruption".

    Posted: Oct 26, 2015 8:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 26, 2015 1:48 PM ET
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