The News Forum is a Canadian English news media company which is owned by The News Forum Incorporated. The directors of this company have not yet been publicly announced. The founder, Tore Stautland, is also the president of Trillennium Media Group, a company that runs and owns the News Forum. The sister companies, Trillie Media (ownership is the same), also own and operate the well-known MySpace and Vevo web sites.
The company is an Internet news channel. It provides 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 keen to provide their subscribers with up to date information and discussions. Their motto is “You’ll never be able to see an old horse.” In the same way, they would like their readers to be current with the latest developments in industry, politics economy, as well as in pop culture. They want Canadians to be involved by providing them with relevant information.
The News Forum has become a unique hybrid between a conventional “news” media company and an information service. This is a good thing for Canadian citizens as they have an information service they can trust. However, it has also created some kind of brain drain among people who are part of it. The News Forum has succeeded in achieving their goal of providing content, but without having participants actually think or talk about anything. Unfortunately, the success of the News Forum has also brought many of their own flaws.
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 experience 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, even while 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 impartial than the two national news organizations (NWSO and CBC), they still rely on one individual (the writer) as a counterweight to biased information that is posted on their websites. As a result, even though Canadians are getting more varied and thorough information than ever before from their News websites, they often are left with information that’s not more accurate or detailed than what they were led to believe it to be. It is difficult for Canadian citizens to rely on one source of information, which for the most part has been their own government, in order to provide a counterbalance to the biased information presented on their government websites.
John Lindsay, the current Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV writer, does not mention that Hindi is his mother language. However John. Lindsay purports to be able to speak and understand Punjabi and Hindi despite not being able to read or write in either of these languages. This begs the question, if the man is unable to speak or comprehend either of these languages, how does he believe he can provide news stories on the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday that are skewed and stuffed with incorrect, inaccurate or out-of-date information? In addition, since he fails to mention his mother tongue when speaking about his family and background Does this mean the person is unaware of his personal background? It’s unlikely, given his American university degree (with a 3.0 GPA on average) and 15 years of experience in broadcast media in Texas.
This isn’t the only instance of a news feature discussion not having enough time or not addressing the topic in a way that is appropriate. 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 means to be a mother, a sister, daughter, wife or friend (and of course a human being). However, she did not discuss the possibility of employment or the fact that many women in these same situations do not have a job that is highly paid. The segment also included an exchange of words between Ms. Paget with one of the guests on the show. The moderator pointed out that Ms. Paget was often criticised for being too nice and never placing any blame on others in the interview who made remarks about her presentation and discussion of work-related violence and employment.
As a result, a large portion of the news coverage and viewers for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation has been focused on the positive aspect of the story. These are only two examples of in-depth reports that show how a news forum can help deliver balanced and honest reports on subjects that are of interest to a larger audience. In addition, these forums could provide a space where a variety of personalities, experts, politicians, artists and many other people can share their perspectives and opinions on specific issues. Canadians can benefit from both the positive and bad sides of this forum by getting the information they need from one source.
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