The News Forum is a Canadian English news media firm that is owned by The News Forum Incorporated. The directors of this company have not been publically disclosed. The founder, Tore Stautland, is also the president of Trillennium Media Group, a company that owns and operates the News Forum. The sister companies, Trillie Media (ownership is the same), also own and operate the popular MySpace and Vevo websites.
This company is an Internet news channel that provides its subscribers with information based on Canadian Politics, Economy, Education, Business, Health, Sports, and pop culture. Their website claims that they are “news consumers first”. They are very eager to provide their subscribers with up to date information and discussions. Their motto is “You will not see an old horse.” They want their readers to keep up-to-date on the most recent developments in industry, politics, and pop culture. They also desire Canadians to take part by providing them with the latest information.
The News Forum has become a unique hybrid between a traditional “news” media organization and an information service. This is a positive thing for Canadian citizens because they have an information service they can trust. However it has also led to some kind of brain drain among participants. The News Forum has succeeded in reaching their goal of being a source for content, but without having participants actually think, talk, or learn anything. Unfortunately some of the weaknesses of the News Forum have been revealed.
First, Canadians have come to rely on their Information Service providers to provide them with a counterbalance 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 depend on the expertise and knowledge of a single person (the Forum administrator) to provide an alternative to the biased information that is offered to forum members. This means that, even though the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) is known for its fair and balanced coverage throughout the day, and while the Globe and Mail newspaper often performs better in being more even-handed than the two national news agencies but they still rely on a single person (the writer) to provide a counterbalance to the biased information that is presented on their websites. Canadians are receiving more detailed and diverse information from their News forums than ever before, but they are often receiving information that is not as accurate or precise as they expected. It’s frustrating for Canadian citizens to rely on a single source of information that for the most part has been their own government, to provide a counterbalance to the biased information portrayed on their government websites.
The current writer for the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV, John Lindsay, for example, isn’t able to acknowledge that his mother language is Hindi. Despite being unable to write or read either Punjabi or Hindi, Lindsay claims to be able speak and understand Hindi and Punjabi. This begs the question: If he is unable to comprehend or speak either of these languages, how does present news stories on Tueday, a conservative Canadian news channel that are biased and filled with incorrect, inaccurate or out-of date information? Does this mean that he isn’t aware of his own history and background? It’s 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 isn’t the only instance of a news program discussion that isn’t not addressing the topic in a way that is appropriate. Stephen Lewis interviewed Jennifer Paget who is a Canadian Justice reporter, in the same episode. Ms. Paget gave a beautiful speech on women’s empowerment. She spoke about being a mother and sister, friend, and a wife, as well as what it is to be a woman. However, she did not talk about employment opportunities or the fact that a lot of women in these same circumstances do not have a high paying job. The segment also featured an exchange between Ms. Paget and one of the guests in the studio in which the moderator pointed out that Ms. Paget was often criticized for being too nice , and not blaming the various people in the interview room who she believed made comments to her about the way in which she presented and discussed issues pertaining to work-related violence and employment.
As a result, the majority of news attention and audience of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation has been focused on the positive aspect of the story. These two examples of in-depth news coverage are just two examples of how a news platform might be able provide a more balanced and real-time report on topics of interest to a wider audience. These forums also permit various experts, politicians and personalities to offer their opinions and opinions on particular issues. Canadians can benefit from both the good and negative aspects of this forum by obtaining the information they need from a single source.
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