Who holds journalists to account in Canada?
Extra! Extra!; A Taxing Argument; Doctor Who?; We Be Confused; Moral of the Story
“If the choice is between giving readers pause and not telling the story at all, I think you’ve got to tell the story.” Ivor Tossell on the legal challenges of reporting Toronto’s ultimate political scandal
A little-known Supreme Court ruling unmuzzled reporters—and changed Canadian journalism
The editorial interns at The Walrus are for the most part better educated than I am. I went to university but didn’t graduate, having discovered my calling in the sandbox that was the student newspaper. Most of our interns are … Continued
Can the paywall save Canadian newspapers?
The assassination of Osama bin Laden by United States Navy SEALs on May 1 was first reported on Twitter. At 9:45 p.m., White House communications director Daniel Pfeiffer alerted the media that Barack Obama would be addressing the nation at … Continued
LIBERAL APPLICATION I found Warren Kinsella’s harangue on the failings of Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party (“The Biggest Losers,” July/August) disappointingly superficial and painfully self-serving, hardly worthy of The Walrus, to which we look for thoughtful discussion of public … Continued
The trouble with female celebrity profiles and the men who write them
MINISTER OF ED When Jean Chrétien formed his government in 1993, his cabinet included many inexperienced ministers (“Aid for Aides,” September). He asked the Institute on Governance, an Ottawa non-profit organization, to design and deliver training to the rookies and … Continued
My guide in matters pertaining to journalism is A.J. Liebling who, from 1946 to 1963, wrote a column in The New Yorker called The Wayward Press. (He also wrote Between Meals, my favourite book about the pleasures of gastronomy.) He … Continued
Time Out; Home at Last; Personal History; Surface Analysis; Post Haste; Say Cheese; Tusk-Tusk
The Walrus is entering its tenth year. Volume 1, issue 1 was published in October 2003. The cover story, by Marci McDonald, asked whether Paul Martin, who would soon be prime minister, could do for the country what he had … Continued
Featuring newspaper columnist Christie Blatchford
New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik is an aesthete of the ordinary, and this year’s Massey lecturer
Nardwuar the Human Serviette could be the last great music journalist
How I found Stieg Larsson’s inner sanctum
Kazakhstan’s homegrown media baroness
In post-Communist Albania, teen reporters are redefining broadcast journalism
The new world order, as described in dispatches from the culture front, reveals itself as follows: so long as it is delivered in digestible chunks, is salacious, gossipy, and supported by illustrative pictures, Internet users generally don’t care where content … Continued
Can Al Jazeera English cure what ails North American journalism?
I find radio and television advertising irritating. It’s intrusive and often insulting (are twentysomethings really as empty headed as they appear in Budweiser commercials?). Newspaper advertisements are less annoying—if you don’t want to read them, you don’t have to—but for … Continued
Firmly Stood, Nobly Died; His Excellency Madiba; Penalty Kick; Fumblr; At the Wheel
General Malaise; Why Does the Sun Keep on Shining?; Interference; Laying Pipe; Mixed Signals