Touring ten drought-stricken states in India transformed the acclaimed journalist Palagummi Sainath - showing him a devastating situation mostly ignored by his fellow journalists. "I felt that if the Indian Press was covering the top 5 percent, I should cover the bottom percent." He also believes the media around the world is, for the most part, imprisoned by profiteering and political constraints. A conversation with Saint Francis Xavier University's Coady Chair in Social Justice for 2015, along with excerpts from Palagummi Sainath's lecture, Media and Democracy.
But there's still work to be done to properly frustrate the latter group...
Canadaland pursues the connections between the HarperGov and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Awaiting further revelations with some interest.
The CBC's Janyce McGregor explains why Canada probably shouldn't be quick to get rid of supply management in agriculture, whatever complaints various groups inside and outside of Canada may have about it. Would that such thinking had been heeded where the Canadian Wheat Board was concerned.
Thanks also to Mark Bourrie, Anna Maria Tremonti and Stephen Maher for the term "scrum monkey"!
Given the last few decades of Petro-Dependency, Alberta getting into this game at whatever speed they can would be a Very Good Thing to my mind. However, I can't spare a lot of cash myself right now. I do, however, have this nice little blogging platform with which to spread the word to (a) those who can investigate the project further and - once confirmed that this is a Real Thing in Progress - to (b) those have more cash than I to spend who share my thinking can do something helpful about it.
If this is not a Real Thing in Progress (and there's a chance that someone's indeed out on an internet lark), I'd like to be able to say to my nieces and nephews and their kids and grandkids that I helped in some small way to make it real.
As far as group (a) goes, I know several people reading this weblog are journalists and reporters of some experience and skill. I think I can rely upon you to investigate the matter. Once that's squared away, we can move to group (b).
Sidebar: I should have expected that there'd be stores specializing in outfitting photojournalists. If you're writing for Peter Parker or Jimmy Olsen, people, this is your heads-up!
If you're willing to be patient with the load-up, and you're interested in animated mapping exercises, recent NYC history and geography and/or civic politics, this bit of linkage courtesy of the New York Times will repay your patience handsomely.
What examples of space opera focused on journalism/reportage do you know of? Which ones would you recommend seeking out?
Not being a journalist myself in the strict sense, but having an interest in the work itself for various reasons of my own, the above-named anniversary in Canadian law and reportage came to mind. And, actually...it's not quite the happy occasion that it could - should - be. But it should be observed somehow.
David McKie at CBC gives it a decent effort.