More than news

Posted on November 01, 2022 | By Dawn Chafe | 0 Comments

“The failing (WFH) productivity is a clear failure of management, whether that surfaces as low salaries or performance metrics based on attendance. If management is so inept, then they can and should work in provincial government departments, but not in a real business.”

—Response to Sept. 27 edition of ABMInsider

Here’s an obvious fact for you: a bi-monthly print magazine can’t compete with the insta-media news cycle. Less obvious, but equally factual: we don’t want to.

In a world where every post on social media can, and does, qualify—in the poster’s mind, if nowhere else—as citizen journalism, much of what nominally passes as news is really mere information dissemination. For those who care about such things, it’s the difference between commentary and journalism. One (at its worst) is a deliberately bombastic and one-sided assertion of personal opinion; the other (at its best) is a carefully balanced curation of fact, sources and to-the-best-of-human-fallibility objectivity.

There are, of course, numerous reputable journalists and media outlets doing noteworthy work in a news cycle governed by to-the-second breaking stories. And I commend them for that important (more like imperative) public service.

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