The Weekly Briefing

Global Calgary’s third annual Morning of Giving raised 6,500 toys and $72,000 in gift cards and cash on Dec. 12. The donations support the Magic of Christmas charity which was able to expand its reach from just over 600 families to 750 families this year thanks to the generosity of viewers.

ONLINE/DIGITAL:

chillTV, the Chilliwack, BC-based YouTube channel started last fall to fill the void left by the demise of Chilliwack’s Shaw TV cable access channel, has plans to expand. Covering events so far like the 2018 municipal election and local Rotary Christmas Parade, the channel is now looking to offer information, news and public affairs programming. It’s issued an audition call for aspiring talent. Read more here. [17][18]

Digital Media at the Crossroads, a two-day conference on the future of digital media, takes place Jan. 25-26 at the University of Toronto. Speakers at the fifth annual DM@X conference include Gave Lindo, executive director, OTT programming, CBC; Janet Yale, chair of the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Legislative Review Panel; and Jason Kee, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Canada. Find more info here.[19]

Digital Women Leaders, alumnae of Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and the Online News Association (ONA) Women’s Leadership Accelerator, are offering free one-on-one coaching sessions. Coaches like Hannah J. Wise, Manager, Interactives, CBC News, and Angela Pacienza, head of experience at The Globe & Mail, will offer job advice, feedback, etc., with a goal to correct the gender disparity in journalism leadership. Find more info here.[20]

GENERAL:

Ben Makuch

VICE Media Canada’s fight to protect the communications of one of its journalists isn’t over. Despite a November ruling from The Supreme Court of Canada (SCOC) ordering VICE Media reporter Ben Makuch to turn over the notes of his conversations with an alleged ISIS member to RCMP, the media company is heading back to court. VICE is asking an Ontario court to revoke or amend the previous court order, based on new documents submitted Tuesday indicating that Farah Shirdon was killed during an airstrike in Iraq in July 2015. VICE Media’s application argues that the RCMP and Crown can’t prosecute a dead person and thus “due to this material change in circumstances since the Production Order was issued, the Production Order is now moot and unenforceable.” The original Production Order followed a series of articles Makuch wrote about Shirdon in 2014, and was sought by the RCMP on the basis it needed the reporter’s notes and communications via Kik messenger to properly carry out an investigation of the former Calgary man.[21]

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