The Currentwith Anna Maria Tremonti
How to save local news without massive government bailouts
The new $50 million being allocated to fund local journalism is described as a "down payment" on a broken system by industry experts. What other measures should the government take?
How reporter James Hickey broke the Halifax Explosion story, 30 minutes after blast
Canadian Press reporter James Hickey was the first to file a report on the Halifax Explosion, sending out a 100-word flash bulletin to the Associated Press.
Focus on lives lost, not the killer, say critics on mass shooting news coverage
“We would see a one-third decrease in mass shootings if the media agreed to adopt the ‘Don't name them, don't show them’ type of campaign.”
Is media responsible for protecting identity of whistleblowers?
News outlet The Intercept has been criticized for compromising the identity of alleged NSA whistleblower Reality Winner.
Does public trust suffer when journalists cross over to work in politics?
Since the Liberal government took power, at least half-a-dozen journalists have moved from jobs in media to jobs inside the corridors of power. Critics argue the move erodes the level of trust in our press, and in our democracy.
Trump's media war 'calculated distraction' from Russia, say observers
If reporters are labelled enemies, does that erode journalistic efforts to chronicle the actions of elected officials? After some news organizations were shut out by the White House, The Current looks at the consequences of freedom from the press.
Canadian news industry at crisis point, suggests new report
Canadian news media has been suffering through years of cuts, cutbacks, closures, consolidations and buyouts — Could they all be adding up to a threat to our democracy, and an opening for the spread of fake news?
Journalists warn against normalizing Trump
The word "normalized" is heard quite a bit when it comes to how reporters should cover President Trump. And how to cover this unprecedented U.S. president is on the minds of editors and news consumers everywhere.
Donald Trump news conference 'clear attack on the free press'
Journalists who have covered other countries say Trump's press conference this week is worrying — showing signs he's taking the first steps towards becoming authoritarian. So how do news outlets best cover the incoming U.S. administration?
Rio 2016: Female Olympians face sexism in media
Whether it's referring to women athletes as "girls," undue attention being paid to their appearances, or being introduced as "Mrs. So-and-So" — why are female athletes often covered in a way that undercuts their achievements?
'White rage' causes racial unrest in U.S., says author
Carol Anderson explores U.S. racial past and present in her new book White Rage:The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.
Why it matters that Facebook decides what 1.5 billion see every day
Facebook is now considered the biggest news distributor on the planet with an ever-expanding influence. Allegations the social media network suppresses topics of interest to conservatives have created a firestorm. The Current looks into the algorithm controversy.
Turkey's government tramples on press freedom with newspaper takeover, critics say
The Turkish government has taken over one of the country's largest top media outlets as part of a wider crackdown. But will the West - which needs Turkey onside to deal with the refugees and ISIS - stand up for press freedom in that nation.
Mark Starowicz on the decline of documentary production in Canada as interest rises
A People's History was a ground breaking documentary series for the CBC back in the 90s and the man behind it would continue to shape the range and direction of documentaries in Canada for decades. So who better to consult on the state of the documentary?
Former newspaper editor bemoans death by a thousand cuts for Canada's dailies
Things were looking up for Postmedia last March with its regulatory green light for the acquisition of Sun Media. But less than a year later, the layoffs began. The former editor of the Edmonton Journal Margo Goodhand joins us to talk about the erosion of newspapers.