- Publisher: New Star Books
- ISBN: 9781554201211
- Price: $24.00 CAD
- Publication Date: Nov 2016
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 224
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News We Deserve
The Transformation of Canada’s Media Landscape
The News We Deserve: The Transformation of Canada’s Media Landscape documents the most under–reported story in Canadian news: the behind–the–scenes takeovers, mergers, share swaps, regulatory maneuvers, and private ambitions that have reshaped the content and business models of today’s print and online newspapers to privilege corporate profits and political influence over the goal of informing citizens.
A generation of laissez–faire government attitudes towards media ownership smoothed the way for the stealthy transformation of Canada’s mainstream press from its old ideal as fearless expositor of truth, as epitomized by Woodward and Bernstein, to a partisan, activist press that openly advocates certain outcomes.
A driving force behind these incremental but radical changes has been share ownership and the influence of financial markets. While in the USA the tendency has been a focus on business and consumers’ wallets, in Canada the media’s new owners have strived for political power and influence. The new owners’ reach extends from the anchors reading the day’s soundbites and the front pages of the shrinking–but–still–influential newspapers to the schools forging the next generation of journalists.
Foreword by Vincent Mosco
1. The Press We Deserve
2. Financialization and the Demise of Southam
3. Journalism Education Goes Corporate
4. Convergence and the “Black News Hole”
5. How the Camel Got in the Tent
6. Convergence After the Collapse
7. Public Benefits or Private?
8. Competition Bureau to Blame for Journalism’s Crisis
9. Can Canada’s Media be Fixed?
Epilogue: Is This the News We Deserve?
About the Author
Marc Edge has been a reporter and editor for the Vancouver Province and the Calgary Herald, and a professor of journalism in Canada, the US, Fiji, and Singapore. His previous books include Pacific Press; Red Line, Blue Line, Bottom Line; and Asper Nation. He lives in Richmond, BC on his sailboat, Markenurh. Visit his blog, Greatly Exaggerated, to follow news and reviews about this book.