Author: Ted Fraser

Paving the Way

Paving the Way words by Ted Fraser art by hana nikcevic Exploring the first steps and the lasting effects of path-makers There are roughly 20 trails at Wentworth Valley; a picturesque ski-hill in the Nova Scotian hinterland. Feffie-Weffie, Chickadee, White Nitro, Rosebowl, The Garden Path—the trail names are as diverse as the talent that trips, tears, and tumbles down them. The clean, maintained trails usually open up in December—late November if you’re lucky. But the off-road trail-runs are where it’s at. Straying from the main path, you can dive into the trees and carve through the rolling, sinusoidal bumps;...

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Journalism will continue to thrive

New media isn’t killing journalism; it’s helping it adapt The first known newspaper was a German publication, Relation, founded in 1609 by distinguished intellectual Johan Carolus. He bought a printing press, secured an office, and started producing periodicals. Since Carolus’s ingenious endeavour, the world of journalism has experienced seismic shifts, while also managing to preserve its integrity and fulfill its societal role; to inform, to investigate, and to enrich. Finley Peter Dunne once said that the role of journalism is to, “afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted.” Indeed, journalism not only serves a political and historical purpose, but a moral one as well. A well-informed public is a key part of any functioning democracy. Max Weber agreed, claiming in his famous speech, Politics as a Vocation, that “it is almost never acknowledged that the responsibility of the journalist… is far greater than that of the scholar.” However, journalism’s reputation has been damaged by a score of sensationalist, budget-news publications. Sites like Buzzfeed and Narcity try to appeal to younger people, churning out relatable posts, click-bait lists (like “14 Insanely Talented Athletes Who Are Currently In Jail”) and a wealth of other cringeworthy material. This abrupt switch from traditional news to attention-grabbing blurbs has rattled old stock journalists, and led many to believe that the industry is dying. Dave Yin, in a rather gloomy piece for the Huffington Post, writes that journalism is not dying, but being murdered. He asserts that because technological advancements have made journalism ubiquitous and subsequently free, readers regard it as worthless. Although dramatic, Yin makes...

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