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Paper Rout

Postmedia in the gutter

Past Trauma

Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

Family Pride

Profiles in gay life

Christopher Waddell

Christopher Waddell is a professor at the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa and also holds the university’s Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism. He is a former parliamentary bureau chief and executive producer of news specials for CBC News and a former national editor, Ottawa bureau chief and reporter for The Globe and Mail.

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Christopher Waddell

Conspiracy Interceptor

Facts and fictions of the Avro Arrow March 2019
In the mid-1950s, engineers from A.V. Roe, based in Malton, Ontario, launched nine Nike rockets from Point Petre, at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. On board were one-eighth-scale models of a new supersonic fighter, complete with instruments to transmit data back to shore as they soared nearly 6,000 metres in the air and fourteen kilometres over the…

Paper Pusher

Has the death of newsprint been overstated? May 2015
It takes a brave soul to write a book today about the state of newspapers in North America. The pace of change in both media industries and technology is such that no matter what the content, the book is bound to be at least partly out of date by the time it is published. Marc Edge has been able to mitigate that somewhat in Greatly Exaggerated: The Myth of the Death of Newspapers by looking backward at the newspaper business rather than…

Berry’d Alive

How the Canadian media have used new technologies to shut out the public November 2012
The BlackBerry, initially just a two-way messenger, appeared in national political reporting in 2000 in the midst of what we can now see was a huge transformation in the Canadian media. The Research In Motion device would go on to play its own dramatic part in that transformation. In the 1990s, the Hamilton Spectator

Inside the Wire

The limited but important story told by embedded journalism April 2009
“Afghanistan has been a tortured country for longer than any of us has been paying attention. Now that our own injuries have caught our attention it becomes clear that if we can help pull the country out of the abyss, we must. And, equally, if we can’t help, we mustn’t make things even worse. “The right thing has to be done in…