The News Forum is a Canadian English news media company that is owned by The News Forum Incorporated, which is a company whose board of directors has not been publicly announced. Tore Stautland is the founder of Trillennium Media Group. This company also operates The News Forum. Trillie Media, a sister company, shares the same ownership, and also operates the popular MySpace/Vevo websites.
The company is an Internet news channel. It offers information to its readers in relation to Canadian politics, economy, business, health, education as well as sports and pop culture. Their website says that they are “news consumers first”. They are eager to share the most recent information and discuss with their subscribers. Their motto is “You’ll never find an old horse.” In the same way, they want their readers to stay current with the latest developments in the world of industry, politics economics, and pop culture. They would like Canadians to be involved by providing them with information.
The News Forum is a unique hybrid of an established “news” media outlet that also provides an information service. This is a positive thing for Canadian citizens since they have an information service they can trust. However, it has also created a bit of a brain drain for those who participate. In other terms, the News Forum has been successfully achieving their goals of being a source of information, but without requiring the participants to actually think, debate or even gain knowledge. Unfortunately some of the weaknesses of the News Forum have been revealed.
First, Canadians have come relying on their Information Service providers for a alternative to the news they see on the News Forum. In the same way, when they use the News Forum as a source of information, they are relying on the expertise and knowledge of a single person (the Forum administrator) to provide a counterbalance to the biased information that is provided to the forum members. This means that although the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) has a reputation for providing fairly balanced reporting throughout the day, and while the Globe and Mail newspaper often does a better job in being a little more even-handed than the two national news media however, they still rely on one person (the writer) to provide an alternative to the biased information presented on their websites. The result is that although Canadians receive more diverse and comprehensive information than ever before from their News websites however, they are often left with information that’s not more accurate or detailed than what they were led to believe it was. It is difficult for Canadian citizens to rely solely on one source of information that for the most part has been their own government, in order to give a different perspective to the biased information presented on their government websites.
The current writer for the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV, John Lindsay is one example. He fails to mention that his mother tongue is Hindi. Despite not being able write or read either Punjabi or Hindi, Lindsay claims to be able to understand and speak Hindi and Punjabi. This obviously begs the question, if the man is unable to speak or comprehend any of these languages, why does he think he can provide news stories on the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday that are slanted and stuffed with incorrect, inaccurate or out-of-date information? In addition, since he fails to mention his mother tongue when speaking about his background and heritage is this a sign that the person is unaware of his personal background? It’s unlikely, considering his American university graduation (with a 3.0 GPA on average) and 15 years of experience in broadcasting in Texas.
This isn’t the only instance of a news feature discussion lacking its time or discussing the subject in a manner that is correct. In the same episode, The Canadian Justice reporter Jennifer Paget was interviewed by Stephen Lewis. Ms. Paget uncorked a wonderful speech about women’s empowerment including what it means to be a mother, a daughter, sister or wife (and of course a human being). However, she did not discuss the possibility of employment or the fact that a lot of women in similar situations don’t have a high paying job. The segment also featured a brief exchange between Ms. Paget with one of the guests in studio. Moderators pointed out that Ms. Paget was often criticised for being too kind and never putting any blame on other people in the interview who made comments regarding her presentation and the discussion of workplace violence and employment.
The positive aspect of the story has been the main focus of a large portion of the news audience and news focus at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. These two examples of in-depth news coverage are but two examples of how a news forum could be able to give a more balanced and accurate coverage of topics that appeal to a larger audience. In addition, such forums could provide a space in which a host of experts, personalities such as politicians, artists, and many other people can share their opinions and perspectives on specific issues. Through this forum, Canadians can get the best of both worlds by getting the information they require from an all-encompassing source.
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