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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

Paul Knox

Paul Knox, a former reporter, editor and foreign correspondent for the Globe and Mail, is associate professor emeritus in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University.

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Paul Knox

Paper Hanging

Two accounts of the sweeping change in Canada’s newspaper industry. January–February 2016
Early in 2013, the directors of The Globe and Mail convened in search of a strategy for extricating the newspaper from the financial wreckage of the last few years. Digital networks and information platforms had shattered the framework of commercial news production and the advertising models that supported it. Privately owned newspapers like the

A Different Kind of Journalism

Powerful, passionate, patriotic and personal—that was Matthew Halton April 2015
Does it matter who reports the news? Not which network or which newspaper, but rather which reporter? This is an important question. In the aggregational din of digital media, the individual reporter’s voice struggles harder each day to be heard. Much “news” today is a cacophonous mash-up produced under gruelling pressure with scant room for…

News for the World?

Trying to globalize journalism might cause more problems than it solves December 2010
The question I was asked most often as chair of Canada’s largest journalism school was: How many of your graduates get jobs in journalism? The runner-up: Do you teach them ethics? The queries are a measure of public skepticism: a lot of people are uneasy about what we do, and are far from sure they really need us to be doing…

Haiti's Fallible Hero

Conferring sainthood on Aristide does not confront the country’s deepest problems. January–February 2009
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the elected president of Haiti, was deposed in February 2004 by several converging forces. Armed insurgents—a combination of criminal gangs and former army officers, some of them convicted human rights abusers—swept through the north of the country almost unopposed. Key members of Haiti’s tiny economic elite supported the insurgents and mounted a concerted political campaign against Aristide both inside and outside the…

Intellectual Soulmates

The Trudeau-Castro friendship had little in common with today’s stage-managed politics. September 2007