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Media literacy is vital

Media literacy is vital

Journalism starts out subjective because humans make choices when telling a story. Objectivity is a choice in how you reflect pertinent points, with the economy of time and resources in mind. The Postmedia News article linked below provides a timely example of how...

UPDATED: Plastic concerns in North Bay growing

UPDATED: Plastic concerns in North Bay growing

Worth a peek, I think. The big topic in North Bay last month was the "forever chemical" PFAS contamination that already exists and more threats coming. But what is the risk, exactly? And what replaces it? I interviewed resident Michael Taylor, a council candidate last...

Photography leads to politics on the hill

Photography leads to politics on the hill

It's been a while since I've attended a North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority board meeting. Quite a few years, actually, reporters at the Nugget stopped going regularly a few years before I left in 2018. I parachuted into the Feb. 22 meeting and it brought back...

Feels right dropping political ponder

Feels right dropping political ponder

The world looks and feels a little different now that I'm no longer pondering a political crossroad, a life path deke into North Bay city council chambers averted by logic and common sense. As outlined in my June 15 column at BayToday.ca, taking the leap from...

Rock’n the fedora vibe now

Rock’n the fedora vibe now

It was a busy week at the Hacienda in Corbeil as we pulled together a full package for the sixth episode of Small Town News & Views, lit a fire under a controversial issue in North Bay through the weekly BayToday column and juggled numerous aspects of the deadline...

5th ‘News & Views’ show finds its stride

5th ‘News & Views’ show finds its stride

The 5th episode of my "Small Town News & Views" show is closer to the style I'm looking to produce on a weekly basis. There's a bit of editorial commentary, a splattering of humour and short promos of the longer feature interviews posted to the YouTube channel....

Do immigration stories make you angry?

Do immigration stories make you angry?

My first journalism instructor at Canadore College also writes columns for Village Media's BayToday and he mentioned me in a January 18 piece. Don Curry, an immigration consultant, highlighted a suggestion that Canada needs to triple its population and immigration is...

Updated list of my BayToday columns

Updated list of my BayToday columns

Below are links to my columns published at BayToday.ca during 2021: November 2 Parallel universes exist in North Bay too Unfortunately for the Cassellholme board, what’s remaining of it anyway, they didn’t have very good political advice or didn’t follow it. November...

Computers can’t write columns, can they?

Computers can’t write columns, can they?

There’s probably a way to automate the writing of a weekly column. We already have artificial intelligence programs to cover news events. Take an issue, insert trending posts via an algorithm of sources and ‘presto’ you’ve got a reaction piece. Same basic approach...