The News Forum is a Canadian English news media firm which is owned by The News Forum Incorporated. The directors of the company have not been publicly disclosed. Tore Stautland is the founder of Trillennium Media Group. This company also owns and operates The News Forum. The two sister companies, Trillie Media (ownership is the same), also own and operate the popular MySpace and Vevo web sites.
This company is an Internet news channel that provides its subscribers information in relation to Canadian Economy, Politics, Business, Health, Education, Sports, and pop culture. Their website states that they “first and foremost” serve news consumers. They are eager to share the latest information and discuss with their subscribers. Their motto is “You’ll never find an old horse.” In other words, they want their readers to be up-to-date with the latest happenings in the world of industry, politics economics, and pop culture. They would like Canadians to be active by providing them with information.
The News Forum is a unique hybrid of an established “news” media company and an information service. This is a great thing for Canadian citizens because they have an information provider they can trust. However it has also caused a bit of a brain drain for people who are part of it. The News Forum has succeeded in reaching their goal of being a source for information, but without letting participants actually think or talk about anything. Unfortunately, the success of the News Forum has also brought some of their own weaknesses.
First, Canadians have come to rely on their Information Service providers to provide them with a counterbalance to the information they are seeing on the News Forum. In the same way, when they use the News Forum as a source of information, they depend on the expertise and knowledge of a single person (the Forum administrator) to provide an alternative to the biased information that is provided to the forum members. This means that even although the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), has a reputation for its impartial daily news coverage, and the Globe and Mail newspaper does better at being more fair than the two national news organizations (NWSO and CBC) but they rely on one person (the writer) as a counterweight to biased information on their websites. Canadians receive more precise and varied information from their News forums than ever before, but they are often provided with information that is not as precise or thorough as they believed. It is frustrating that Canadian citizens have to depend on one source of information, which has for the most part been their government to combat the biased information that is available on their government websites.
The current writer for the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV, John Lindsay is one example. He does not mention that his mother tongue is Hindi. Despite not being able read or write either Punjabi or Hindi, Lindsay claims to be able to understand and speak Hindi and Punjabi. This raises the question: Given that he cannot understand or speak either of these languages, how can present news items on Tueday the conservative Canadian news channel, that are biased and filled with inaccurate, incorrect or out-of date information? Does this mean that he doesn’t know his own heritage and background? Surely not, especially given that he graduated from an American university (averaging just over 3.0 GPA) 3.0 GPA) and has been employed in the broadcast media in the U.S. state of Texas for the last 15 years.
This isn’t the only occasion of a newscast discussion lacking its time or not addressing the topic in a proper manner. Stephen Lewis interviewed Jennifer Paget the Canadian Justice reporter in the same episode. Ms. Paget uncorked a wonderful speech on women’s empowerment, including what it is to be a mother, a daughter, sister, wife or friend (and of course a human being). But she didn’t talk about employment opportunities or the fact that a lot of women in similar situations don’t have a job that is highly paid. The segment also included an exchange between Ms. Paget with one of the guests in the studio. The moderator noted that Ms. Paget was often criticised for being too nice and never placing any blame on anyone else in the interview, who made comments regarding her presentation and the discussion of workplace violence and employment.
The positive side of the story has been the attention of a large part of the news audience and news focus at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. These are two examples of in-depth reports that demonstrate how news forums can deliver balanced and honest coverage of topics that appeal to a wider audience. These forums also allow for a variety of experts, personalities and politicians to offer their opinions and perspectives on specific issues. Canadians can benefit from both the good and negative aspects of this forum by getting the information they require from one source.
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