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Ottawa, Apr 22 (Canadian-Media): CBC Ottawa was awarded three top prizes for its live coverage, radio newscast and digital journalism, by Radio-Television Digital News Association of Canada at the awards ceremony Saturday in Toronto, Ontario, media reports said.
In 2017 also CBC Ottawa had taken home three awards and six nominations in the central region, consisting of news outlets in Ontario and Quebec.
CBC Ottawa's Ashley Burke and Elyse Skura were both awarded at the Radio-Television Digital News Association of Canada awards Saturday.
Burke received the association's first-ever excellence in innovation award for her online story A Heartbeat Away, which helped bring to light the absence and inaccessibility of defibrillators in Ottawa schools.
Burke had told the tragic story of an eight-year-old boy whose heart stopped beating during recess one day in late February of 2017. His school, Orleans Wood Elementary, did not have a defibrillator on site.
Reporter Elyse Skura was honoured with the Byron MacGregor award for having the best radio newscast.
CBC Ottawa's Our Ottawa team also received a separate award Friday from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario for their in-depth television feature on sickle cell disease. Adele Cardamone-Martel, Adrian Harewood, Emilien Juteau and Gerry Buffet contributed to the feature.
CBC Ottawa was also honoured by Gord Sinclair with an award for its supper-hour Canada Day 2017 special which was carried live from Sparks Street on television and on Facebook.
Nominations for six awards in breaking news coverage, city affairs analysis, video, podcasts, diversity journalism and television newscasts were also received by CBC Ottawa's local station.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, Apr 20 (Canadian-Media): Despite the public broadcaster's gender-neutral criteria to recruit and retain highly sought-after employees, male hosts who work for the CBC/Radio Canada make an average of almost 9.5 percent more than their female counterparts, media reports said.
Most employment categories listed in a recent CBC disclosure document such as male editors, managers and producers also all make more than their female counterparts reflecting the gender disparity in salaries.
Female reporters are an exception in this case as they make on average almost 3.5 percent more than men in the same role.
The data were released in response to a request made under the Access to Information Act by a University of Ottawa academic.
Even if some of the differences in the average remuneration for male and female staff were reportedly explained by their length of tenure in each “pay band,” or unionized salary category, the most significant source of the disparity is due to what the CBC calls “addrem,” or additional remuneration.
Sonya Fatah, an assistant professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism, suggested the disclosure prompts more questions.
“Research shows that women shy away from negotiating for higher pay not because they lack confidence but because they may suffer the social cost of entering negotiations, whether those negotiations fail or succeed.”
In contrast to a number of other Canadian media companies, women occupy many of the top jobs at the CBC, including the heads of English-language services, news and TV programming.
Reportedly Catherine Tait will become the broadcaster’s first female president when she takes over in July.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa/Washington, Apr 11 (Canadian Media): A recent article in USA Today asserted that librarians will be extinct by 2030, media reports said.
The reality is that the job of a librarian is not merely checking out books but teaching information literacy. The American Library Association (ALA) defines information literacy as the ability to “locate, valuate and use effectively the needed information.”
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This sounds dry but in today’s age one of the most important skills of our time is to crack on fake news, which is sorely lacking at the present times.
Knowing where to turn for reliable data, and being able to distinguish between objective and biased sources is an important role of the present day librarian.
It is true that the last 20 years' online revolution of made our lives better in countless ways but it has
overwhelemed us with information.
We’re flooded with news and commentary every time we look at our phones.
But a critical framework to evaluate the reliability of all this information is lacking and its easy to get disoriented and to reach dangerous conclusions.
A majority of US adults now get their news in real time from social media feeds, according to the Pew Research Center and the news feeds lack accuracy or objectivity.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Apr 4 (Canadian-Media): Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company, announced April 2 of the launch of its national expansion with reinvention of its Metro urban commuter newspapers and its digital offerings in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax and nationally, media reports said.
Torstar Corporation's businesses include the Toronto Star, six regional daily newspapers in Ontario, more than 80 weekly community newspapers in Ontario; flyer distribution services; and digital properties including thestar.com, wheels.ca, save.ca, toronto.com and a number of regional online sites and eyeReturn Marketing.
20 new reporters would be hired by Torstar to join existing Metro newsrooms in western Canada representing a major investment in journalism.
Effective Tuesday, April 10, the Metro free daily newspapers will be rebranded as StarMetro Vancouver, StarMetro Calgary, StarMetro Edmonton, StarMetro Toronto and StarMetro Halifax.
Readers in each city get city-specific version of thestar.com that will feature news of their city and region along with the investigations, columns, national and international news for which thestar.com is known.
Consumers outside the target markets will see a national edition of thestar.com.
John Boynton, President and CEO of Torstar, said “This initiative represents a major investment in journalism for Torstar in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax where we already have a strong presence with our Metro newspapers and digital products...set us apart from our competitors in these communities.”
Cathrin Bradbury, Metro’s editor-in-chief, said, “It’s also about giving our customers something they can sink their teeth into after their morning commute – meaningful local news, exclusives, investigations and in-depth coverage they can follow throughout the day.”
The authoritative journalism of thestar.com and the Toronto Star, Torstar will now be able to give readers a print-to-digital experience in a new format that provides news and much more all through the day.
Boynton said research showed that contrary to conventional wisdom there was a large demand for a progressive voice in the news media, in western Canada and the Maritimes -- also called the Maritime provinces or the Canadian Maritimes, is a region of Eastern Canada consisting of three provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island (PEI) -- matching the Star’s history of covering progressive social issues and in-depth investigations.
“That same research also found that readers across Canada value Torstar’s websites and newspapers for many things...This is one of the first executions in our transformation strategy, with many more planned over the next three years,” he added.
Torstar is also launching an extensive marketing and promotional campaign aimed at readers and advertisers across the country to raise awareness of the national expansion.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)