We need laws that protect journalism while making sure journalism stays transparent.
> "Eight out of 10 respondents said they would support moves by the federal government to level the playing field for digital advertising by amending tax laws, which **presently award companies like Facebook and Google 85 cents on each advertising dollar for sharing content produced by news organizations.** "
Whoa...how on earth did that get passed?
What the hell are Canadians thinking allowing this in the first place?
Translation, give us money. The Star is owned by a few very rich families that want taxpayer money.
This is the Star whining about wanting taxpayers to bail them out. Fuck them.
Of course journalism is important. But what is by far more important is high quality journalism. Journalism can make money if that ensures high quality journalism continues and improves. But if company or people only do journalism to get money, that will very, very easily lead to crap.
Journalism should be defended and not owned by big corporations
Modern journalism looks for things that create outrage, reports them.
Then they report the outrage they caused, which causes outrage at the opposite side of the issue.
Modern journalism is playing everyone for profit. It's on you to fix this, a policy can't.
Just another reason why Canada is so much different, despite at first glance seeming so similar, to the US.
I also think that it should be illegal for media conglomerates to own news agencies.
"Protecting it" - you mean turning independent news outlets into government dependents.
If "policy" means that CTV, Global, etc. start receiving federal government money, forget about any independent analysis or critical thinking on future federal budgets.
Journalist graduate here. Journalists are NOT important to democracy. An accurate and understandable flow of information is. Fox News? YouTube ? We need to define journalism.
I just hope they can start focusing on diversity of opinion, rather then diversity skin colour.