The Manifesto

For too long, community journalists (and photojournalists) in Canada have shouldered a heavy load but been ignored by national professional organizations.

There is no organization that exposes the small-city publisher who hacks a newspaper’s staff, rails against work conditions, or stands up for reporters pressured to write fluff. Training tends to focus on those stories that may be nearly impossible for small-town reporters to accomplish, whether it be because of a lack of resources, time or support.

We have only ourselves to blame. We have no support because we have neglected to form a community of local reporters, and because reporters from large news organizations tend to dominate the CAJ and other forums. This is a function of experience, desire, culture and pay rates. The $75 fee to belong to CAJ seems awfully expensive to most of us who rarely interact with that organization and who never have the opportunity to take advantage of those services offered.

Hence this site. I hope it sparks a dialogue about community reporting, fosters better journalism, and pressures owners and publishers to allow us to do our job better. It will also hopefully mark a chance to socialize.

The journalist

I’m a reporter at a community newspaper in British Columbia.While I would like to be able to give my name — I realize that if it’s not hypocritical, then it’s just plain weird to put my name on columns and stories but not this site — that would limit my ability to write truthfully about the newspaper companies that control the vast majority of B.C. papers. For instance, I would not have written this. Having said that, I will not use the cloak of anonymity to attack fellow journalists or their individual work—although I may have harsh words to say about the editorial decisions of certain newspapers or newspaper chains.

The name

This blog was originally called B.C. Journo-lust, as a take off on this. But it seemed a little too sleezy so in mid-February I changed it to B.C. Reporter Reporter.

The help

It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to keep this up, alone, indefinitely. If you want to chip in and write a post or regular roundup column, e-mail me.

You can get a hold of me at bclocalreporter (at) gmail (dot) com, or follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/bclocalreporter.

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  1. Anonymous
    August 2, 2012 at 2:26 am

    This statement from you is not accurate “I will not use the cloak of anonymity to attack fellow journalists or their individual work”. … You do use your blog to talk about other publications and critisize them. I just read two of them by your website where you talk about other news publications and your facts are not accurate when you do it.

    • August 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

      I’ve criticized papers (usually to pint out ethical lapses), but not individual reporters and editors. I’ve been quite consistent on this.

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