Posts by Wade

A Murderer’s Apology: The Raymond Williams Trial

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in uncategorized | 0 comments

© 2010 Wade Rowland If a long career in journalism has taught me anything about watching and reading the news, it is that the details of any story that can be described as “horrific” are best avoided. They usually teach nothing worth learning, and they can leave a permanent, toxic residue in the mind and spirit. These days I teach mass media literacy to university students, and in preparing for my undergraduate class last Friday, I felt I had no choice but to say something about the story on everyone’s mind, the Raymond Williams trial. That drove me to spend some time...

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“Critical Moral Realism as an approach to thinking about, and teaching, ethics in communication studies.”

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on “Critical Moral Realism as an approach to thinking about, and teaching, ethics in communication studies.”

Media Ecology Conference June 28, 2019: Panel 2.4.10 “Critical Moral Realism as an approach to thinking about, and teaching, ethics in communication studies.” By Wade Rowland A brief biographical note: about two-thirds of my working life has been spend in print and television journalism; the remaining third has been in the academy, mainly at Ryerson, Trent, and eventually at York University. As a journalist, I had found it crucially helpful to have a credible, time-tested framework of ethical standards within which to pursue my work: standards like objectivity, balance, fairness,...

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Post-Christmas thoughts about the CBC’s future

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Articles-Blog, uncategorized | 0 comments

A visit to Lyon last week got me thinking about how dominant religions absorb and erase competing rites and traditions. France’s second city has been an important focus of Catholicism from the first century onward, but before that Lyon was a centre of worship of the Roman god Mithra. Scholars are divided as to the extent of early Christian syncretic borrowings from the cult and traditions of Mithraism, but other pagan appropriations are in plain view around Christmas time. The streets of old Lyon were festooned with coloured lights and pine boughs, traditions which derive from pre-Christian...

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Trudeau Needs to Rethink his Position on Funding for Media

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Articles-Blog, uncategorized | Comments Off on Trudeau Needs to Rethink his Position on Funding for Media

As Ottawa takes steps to enlarge Canada’s role in international relations, promising a 70% increase in defense spending over the next decade, Canadians may be inclined to feel a bit more secure in a world that seems more chaotic and threatening by the day. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrysta Freeland’s assertive address to Parliament earlier this month on diplomacy in the era of Trumpism, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s policy statement and spending proposals the following day were both generally well-received as expensive but necessary frameworks for the preservation of national...

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Mansbridge’s exit opens the door to a new kind of newscast on CBC

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Articles-Blog | 0 comments

Nothing in Peter Mansbridge’s three-decade tenure as CBC news anchor so graphically illustrates the problem with television news as his manner of leaving. Mansbridge announced Monday night that he’s “let the CBC know that I’d like to step down from The National next July 1st, shortly after anchoring our very special Canada Day coverage for 2017.”  The term and conditions of his departure were clearly his choice. In the CBC’s official news release, Jennifer McGuire says: “Peter has been paramount to making CBC News the most trusted brand in news in this country. We...

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