The News Forum is a Canadian English news media company owned by The News Forum Incorporated, the company whose directors have never been publicly disclosed. The founder, Tore Stautland, is also the president of Trillennium Media Group, a company that owns and operates the News Forum. The two 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 offers information to its readers in relation to Canadian economy, politics, health, business as well as sports and pop culture. Their website says that they are “news consumers first”. They are eager to share the latest information and talk to their subscribers. Their motto is “You won’t find a dead horse.” In other words, they would like their readers to be current with the latest developments in the world of industry, politics, economy, and in pop culture. They would like Canadians to be engaged by providing them with relevant information.
The News Forum has become a unique hybrid of a conventional “news” media organization and an information service. This is a good thing for Canadian citizens since they have an information provider they can trust. However it has also caused some kind of brain drain for people who are part of it. In other terms, the News Forum has been successfully in achieving their goal of providing content without having the participants actually think, talk about, or learn anything. Unfortunately, the success of the News Forum has also brought many of their own flaws.
First, Canadians have come to rely on their Information Service providers to provide them with a counterbalance to the information they are seeing on the News Forum. In other words, 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 an alternative to the biased information that is offered to forum members. This means that, even while the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) is known for its impartial daily news coverage, and the Globe and Mail newspaper does a better job of being more impartial than the two national news organizations (NWSO and CBC) however, they rely on one individual (the writer) as a counterbalance to biased information that is posted on their websites. As a result, even though Canadians get more diverse and complete information than ever before from their News forums, they often are left with information that is no more precise or thorough than the information they were led to believe it was. It is a pity that Canadian citizens have to rely on one source for information, which has mostly been their government, in order to combat the biased information that is available on their government websites.
The writer currently working for the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV, John Lindsay for instance, fails to mention that his mother tongue is Hindi. However, Mr. Lindsay purports to be proficient in speaking and understanding Punjabi and Hindi despite not being able read or write in either of these languages. This obviously begs the question, given that he cannot speak or understand one of these languages, how does he think he can deliver news stories on the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday that are biased and filled with incorrect or inaccurate information? Does this mean that he doesn’t know his own heritage and background? Absolutely not, particularly considering that he graduated from an American university (averaging just over 3.0 GPA) 3.0 GPA) and has been employed in the broadcast media in the U.S. state of Texas for the past 15 years.
This is not the only example of a news feature debate which did not get its time or its topic adequately explained 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, as well as what it means to be a woman. However, she did not discuss employment opportunities or the fact that many women in these same situations do not have a lucrative job. The segment also had an exchange of words between Ms. Paget and one of the guests in the studio where the moderator mentioned that Ms. Paget was often criticized for being too nice , and not blaming those in the interview room who she felt made comments to her about the manner in which she presented and discussed issues pertaining to the workplace and violence in the workplace.
As a result, a large portion of the news coverage and viewers for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation has been on the positive side of the story. These two examples of in-depth news coverage are but two examples of how a news platform could be able to provide a more balanced and realistic coverage of topics that appeal to a larger audience. They also allow a variety of political figures, experts and experts to offer their opinions and perspectives on specific issues. Through this forum, Canadians can get the best of both worlds by getting the information they require from an all-encompassing source.
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