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Prince George Citizen apologizes for plagiarism

February 20, 2013 2 comments

In a letter to his readers, managing editor Neil Godbout of the Prince George Citizen apologized for an apparent case of plagiarism by one of the paper’s now-former staff.

The staff member was not identified in the letter but Godbout does say that person has been let go.

From Godbout’s letter:

While fact-checking an opinion piece written last week by this staff member, the similarity between the submitted work and a blog became apparent. The final paragraph of the submitted opinion piece was nearly verbatim to a similar paragraph in the middle portion of the blog. The staff writer did not credit the original writer or make any indication that the final paragraph of the opinion piece was written by someone else.

The full letter, found here, is very apologetic to the readers and I’d say great credit is due to the Citizen for being so upfront about the situation and dealing with it so quickly.

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Smithers paper gets redesign

September 12, 2012 Comments off

Just a bit of northern news from the Northern Reporter here.

A paper from my northern neck of the woods just came out with a new look. The Smithers Interior News cleaned up their front page a bit and added some new design features within the paper.

In addition to a new look, they say they’ll have a dedicated Arts and Entertainment page each issue and will run a monthly two-page feature covering high school related news.

A side by side comparison of the Interior News covers. The old design on the left and the new on the right.

What do you think of this new design? Good? Bad? Whatever, leave me alone?

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Update: Burnaby reporter gets help on restraining order

July 3, 2012 Comments off

Burnaby Now reporter Janaya Fuller-Evans has posted an update on her blog regarding her difficulties getting a restraining order enforced.

A Burnaby RCMP officer has better explained to Janaya how a civil restraining order works and how to get the police to enforce it, if necessary, and offers advice to others in her situation. (One can’t help but think that someone should be ablte explain these orders when they’re put in place, not after something happens.)

Anyhow, it’s a satisfying update. Read “My restraining order is special and unique… like a snowflake” in full. And hopefully Janaya will find a way to turn her personal experience into a story, whether it be for the Now or another publication on a freelance basis. This is stuff people should know, and especially those trying to exit troubled relationships. In the meantime, be on the lookout for an expose of the Yarn Illuminati coming out of Burnaby.


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Kamloops Daily News’ Rothenburger to retire

June 7, 2012 1 comment

In a column in today’s paper, longtime Kamloops Daily News editor Mel Rothenburger announced that he plans to retire this fall.

Mel writes:

I’ve been thinking about it awhile, but when I hit 68 this spring I started thinking about it more. So, on Friday afternoon, Sept. 14, in the 42nd year since I began working here, I will stop beating up on keyboards at The Daily News, and move out of the way for someone who will treat them better.


Last year, Mel received the 2011 Bruce Hutchinson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jack Webster Awards. He’s also won some awards over the years, maybe for lines like these, from today’s column:

I’ve noticed a few things about being in my 60s, too. I’ve noticed, for example, that I’m the only one left in the office who pounds on a computer keyboard as if it was a typewriter. I’ve gone through three of them this month.

I’ve noticed there’s a note taped to my monitor that says, “Have you tweeted today?” and that I just ignore it.

Northern Reporter makes time to talk time

May 31, 2012 Comments off

I thought it appropriate to begin my life under the B.C. Reporter Reporter umbrella by talking about time, or, more specifically, the lack of it.

For instance, when Reporter Reporter announced the merger of our blogs, I had meant to write something to get the ball rolling.

That didn’t work out so well.

As time went on, time slipped by. How very cruel.

The more I thought about the lack of time on my side — I effectively have no personal time at the moment — the more I thought about how that affects the work I do. I’m just going to assume I’ve mentioned in the past the fact that I have, in my career, worked in a single person newsroom.

Even in the non-single person offices, the news beats for all the reporters basically comes down to who’s in the office when something happens (Well, somewhat.).

Resources can be scarce, is what I’m getting at.

To go back a little farther, I recall a fact I did reveal in one of my early entries is that I’m not a journalism school graduate. I’ve worked with such people, and they’re great, and being around them makes me feel at a disadvantage. They’ve worked under professors, done their research, did the scholastic training. Most, if not all, of what I know I’ve learned is through trial and error. (Hence the reason I exist as a blog.)

So, time is lacking, and I personally lack the formal training many colleagues have. That’s the basis for the trouble I sometimes feel I get into. I don’t have enough time or training to follow up on news tips for larger stories.

For instance, I was asked to follow up on a story about a company that’s working in the area which, in contrast to earlier, stated objectives, might not be hiring all the local people they can hire, preferring outside workers. That’s entirely speculation, of course. But I don’t actually have the training to form a strategy for approaching such a story, or even the time to do such.

I can just ask the company, but I’m sure I’ll get the usual statement as any company would give. Then what? Do I track down all the eligible local companies I can which could be doing work? How ‘local’ do I define ‘local’? And I suppose I would have to know what qualifications are being sought to really understand who’s being left out, if anyone. That’s a lot of work in a week for a single story.

And when there’s all the rest of the stories in the week that need written, and only so many people available to write them, how can it be justified to shift resources into a single, albeit potentially important, story?

I wish I had an answer to all this, but it’ll have to wait. I’ve run out of time for now.

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2012 Ma Murray Awards highlights/winners

April 18, 2012 1 comment

The 2012 Ma Murray Awards were handed out by the British Columbia/Yukon Newspaper Association.

Our (drunk) special correspondent was there and reports the following:

For the second year in a row, Surrey Leader/Black Press reporter Jeff Nagel had the best speech. Jeff, who won for Investigative Journalism, told the crowd said he shared his award with his fellow nominees, Steve Arstad of the Keremeos Review and Aaron Orlando of the Revelstoke Times-Review. Jeff cited the Leader’s large newsroom as being key to his ability to write his award-winning series and contrasted that with the limited resources and backup available to Steve and Aaron. Jeff also got off the line of the night, noting that Black Press (his employer!) is fine with one-person newsrooms and that, if you’re fine with that, they’ll give you a second paper. Steve later wrote a column about it, which you can read here.

The wine was good.

So was co-host Dan Quinn’s comedy set after dinner and his and Jill Krop’s banter during the awards presentations.

He also reports that he put a check mark beside Vancouver Courier photographer Dan Toulgoet‘s name on his program. This had to do with his very good speech, our correspondent reports. Alas, that’s all he remembers. Sorry, ’bout that.

Oh, and here are your newspaper excellence standings. I’ll post the other awards sometime soon.

Newspaper Excellence Category A

Gold – Bowen Island Undercurrent

Silver – North Thompson Times

Bronze – Bridge River-Lillooet News

4. Lake Cowichan Gazette

5. North Thompson Star Journal

6. Caledonia Courier

7. Eagle Valley News

8. Omineca Express

9. The Northern Sentinel

Newspaper Excellence Category B

Gold – Fernie Free Press

Silver – North Island Gazette

Bronze – Hope Standard

4. Grand Forks Gazette

5. Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle

6. Summerland Review

7. Agassiz-Harrison Observer

8. Lake Country Calendar

Newspaper Excellence Category C

Gold – Squamish Chief

Silver – Gulf Islands Driftwood

Bronze – Salmon Arm Observer

4. Powell River Peak

5. Alberni Valley News

6. Merritt Herald

7. Sooke News Mirror

8. Williams Lake Tribune

9. 100 Mile House Free Press

10. Creston Valley Advance

11. Williams Lake, Cariboo Advisor

12. The Interior News

13. Aldergrove Star

Newspaper Excellence Category D

Gold – Coast Reporter

Silver – Whistler Question

Bronze – Oak Bay News

4. Yukon News

5. South Delta Leader

6. Mission City Record

7. Nelson Star

8. Alaska Highway Daily News

9. Quesnel Cariboo Observer

10. Oceanside Star

11. Monday Magazine

12. Dawson Creek Daily News

13. Cloverdale Reporter

14. Lakeshore News

Newspaper Excellence Category E

Gold – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Silver – Parksville/Qualicum Beach News

Bronze – New Westminster Record

4. Comox Valley Record

5. Delta Optimist

6. Goldstream News Gazette

7. New Westminster NewsLeader

8. Penticton Western News

9. North Shore Outlook

10. Peninsula News Review

11. Campbell River Mirror

12. Harbour City Star

13. Alberni Valley Times

14. Campbell River Courier-Islander

Newspaper Excellence Category F

Gold – Peace Arch News

Silver – Langley Advance

Bronze – Victoria News

4. Kamloops This Week

5. Saanich News

6. Chilliwack Progress

7. Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News

8. Langley Times

9. Cowichan Valley Citizen

10. Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times

11. Chilliwack Times

12. Abbotsford Times

13. Nanaimo Daily News

14. Prince George Free Press

15. Vancouver Courier

16. WE Vancouver

Newspaper Excellence Category G

Gold – Abbotsford News

Silver – Surrey/North Delta Leader

Bronze – Kelowna Capital News

4. Vernon Morning Star

5. North Shore News

6. Burnaby Now

7. Tri-City News

8. Coquitlam Now

9. Prince George Citizen

10. Nanimo News Bulletin

11. Kamloops Daily News

12. Burnaby NewsLeader

13. Surrey Now

Do you have more to add? Leave a comment.



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CAJ annual conference costs $$$

February 3, 2012 Comments off

I got this email the other day:

Hi. I was reading your blog today and wanted to ask if you could help publicize the conference and invite readers/journos to attend.

Registration is now open, and it is going to be a great three days April 27-29 at the Royal York Hotel, in conjunction with Newspapers Canada.
We’ll have a panel on editorial vs advertorial,  covering the oil sands, new models for hyper local journalism,  freedom of information, who is standing up for journalists, magazines and the digital environment, Twitter tricks for journalists, HuffPo Canada One Year Later, Social Media Optimization, and more. Plus the Gala Awards ceremony Saturday night.
Thanks for helping spread the word

Consider the word spread.

Of note, the event coincides with both the Ink & Beyond trade show and the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. So if you’ve already managed to convince your publisher to pay for a plane ticket to Toronto to accept your CCNA, it might be worth attending. But it still won’t be cheap:

Conference rates:

Rates do not include 13% HST.

Early bird rates (until April 5, 2012):
Full conference

  • Members – $239 (includes ticket to awards banquet)
  • Associate members – $335 (includes ticket to awards banquet)
  • Student members – $75 (no banquet ticket)
  • Non-members – $450 (includes ticket to awards banquet)
  • Friday keynote lunch – tickets can be purchased from Newspapers Canada

Day rates (For Friday, Saturday or Sunday – no meals or banquet ticket included)

  • Members – $100
  • Associate members – $150
  • Student members – $50
  • Non-members – $300
  • Awards banquet ticket – $90

I’d like to hear from anyone planning on attending. I want to know if it’s really worth it, considering the price.

Also, you can apply for a CAJ award here (but only until Feb. 8.


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