Sunday August 23, 2015

OPINION: Canadian media needs to stop with the Canadian angle

An artistic conception shows the recently-discovered Jupiter-like exoplanet 51 Eridani b.  Canadian media touted the fact that the camera that discovered the planet included some parts made in this country.

An artistic conception shows the recently-discovered Jupiter-like exoplanet 51 Eridani b. Canadian media touted the fact that the camera that discovered the planet included some parts made in this country. (Danielle Futselaar and Franck Marchis/SETI Institute)

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Journalists call it "the Canadian angle."

When there's a big international event, crisis, or trend, reporters will often try to make the news relatable to Canadians, by finding a Canadian, any Canadian, with some connection to the story.

Robert Hiltz has had enough of it. He's a freelance writer, and a former scribe for a Canadian newswire service.

In this piece, he argues journalists should get over the "Canadian angle."