The News Forum is a Canadian English news media company owned by The News Forum Incorporated, the company whose directors have not been publicly revealed. The founder, Tore Stautland, is also the president of Trillennium Media Group, a company that owns and operates the News Forum. Trillie Media, a sister company, has the same ownership and also operates the popular MySpace/Vevo websites.
This company is an Internet news channel that provides its subscribers information based on Canadian Politics, Economy, Education, Business, Health, Sports, and pop culture. Their website states that they “first and foremost” serve the news-loving public. They are keen to share the latest information and share it with their readers. Their motto is “You won’t find an old horse.” In the same way, they would like their readers to be current with the latest developments in industry, politics, economy, and in pop culture. They also would like Canadians to take part by providing them with the latest information.
The News Forum is a unique hybrid of traditional “news” media organization with an information service. This is a good thing for Canadian citizens since they have an information source they can trust. However, it has also created some brain drain for participants. In other words, the News Forum has been successfully reaching their goals of being a source of content without having the participants actually think, discuss or even gain knowledge. 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 see on the News Forum. They rely on the knowledge and skills of the Forum administrator to provide a counterbalance to the biased information given to forum members. This means that even though the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) has a reputation for providing fair and balanced reporting throughout the day and while the Globe and Mail newspaper often does a better job at being a bit more even-handed than the two national news agencies, they still rely on a single person (the writer) to provide an alternative to the biased information that is presented on their websites. Canadians receive more precise and varied information from their News forums than ever before, but they often get information that is not as precise or thorough as they believed. It is frustrating for Canadian citizens to rely on a single source of information, which for the most part is their own government to give a different perspective to the biased information portrayed on their government websites.
The current writer for the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV, John Lindsay, for example, fails to mention that his mother language is Hindi. Even so Mr. Lindsay purports to be able to speak and understand Punjabi and Hindi despite not being able write or read in either of these languages. This raises the question, given that Mr. Lindsay is unable to understand or speak one of these languages, how does he believe he can provide news stories on the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday that are skewed and filled with inaccurate or outdated information? Furthermore, if it is not mentioned his mother tongue when talking about his heritage and background Does this mean he is not even aware of his personal background? It is unlikely, given his American university degree (with an average of 3.0 GPA on average) and 15 years of working in broadcast media in Texas.
This is not the only example of a news program which did not get its time or its topic properly outlined or even discussed. Stephen Lewis interviewed Jennifer Paget who is a Canadian Justice reporter, in the same episode. Ms. Paget gave a beautiful speech about women’s empowerment. She spoke about being a mother or sister, friend and a wife, and what it is to be a woman. She didn’t talk about employment opportunities, or the fact that many women who are in similar situations do not have a lucrative job. The segment also featured 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 kind and never placing any blame on other people in the interview, who made comments about her presentation and discussion of work-related violence and employment.
The good side of the story is the attention of a large part of the news audience and news focus at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. These are only two examples of reports that are in-depth that demonstrate how a news forum can help to provide balanced and accurate reports on subjects that are of interest to a wider audience. In addition, such forums provide a platform in which a range of experts, personalities such as politicians, artists, and other subjects can offer their perspective and opinions on particular issues. Canadians can benefit from both the positive and negative aspects of this forum by obtaining the information they need from one source.
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