Fake news? How about irrelevant news?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Brian's Blog, Journalism, Social media | 0 comments

Fake news is nothing more than a passing distraction. Irrelevant news is a more serious problem because an uninformed press makes for an uninformed public.

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Celebrating my 50 years in Canada

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Brian's Blog, Emigration, Journalism, Music | 0 comments

In November 1966, I left Ireland and came to Canada for what I thought would be a two-year holiday. I never went back.

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Al Rach RIP

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Brian's Blog, Friendship, Journalism, Music | 0 comments

Al Rach was a writer’s editor, one of the very best in the journalism business.

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The column I never got to write for the Calgary Herald

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Brian's Blog, Journalism, Newspapers and Magazines | 0 comments

When I left the Calgary Herald, I didn’t get a chance to write a farewell column. Here’s what I might have written.

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Brief Encounters now available in book form

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Books, Brian's Blog, Journalism | 0 comments

My favourite Brief Encounters columns for the respected online journal Facts & Opinions are now collected and published as an eBook.

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A reporter-turned-politician sues Canada’s largest newspaper publisher

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Brian's Blog, Journalism, Justice, Newspapers and Magazines, Politics | 0 comments

Television war correspondent Arthur Kent earned the nickname “Scud Stud” when he reported about Iraqi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf war of 1991. He received a less flattering designation when he ran for provincial politics in Alberta.

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