Blog by John Miller

Watchdogs needed

April 15th, 2012
In a new questionnaire about the future of press councils in Canada, we are asked, "In your opinion, how accountable are news organizations to the publics they serve?"

I suspect almost no one will answer "very accountable."

About the only useful thing you can do if you object to something published in a newspaper these days is (a) write a letter to the editor, or (b) sue them. Success depends o ...

Plagiarize THIS!

April 6th, 2012

The Anchor Weekly calls itself an "alternative" newspaper, published and distributed for free in the suburban Chestermere area of Calgary. Its motto is "credible news east of the city." More ironically, its website claims that "to reach out to unique people, you need a unique newspaper."

For its 10,000 or so readers, the newspaper may or may not be "unique," but its owner, publisher and edit ...