The News Forum is a Canadian English news media company that is owned by The News Forum Incorporated. The directors of this company have not been publicly disclosed. Tore Stautland is the founder of Trillennium Media Group. This company also owns and operates The News Forum. Trillie Media, a sister company, shares the same ownership and operates the popular MySpace and Vevo websites.
This company is an Internet news channel that provides its subscribers with information that are based on Canadian Politics, Economy, Education, Health, Business and Sports as well as pop culture. Their website states that they “first and foremost” serve news consumers. They are keen to provide their readers with up-to-date information and discussions. Their motto is “You won’t see a dead horse.” They would like their readers to stay current with the most recent developments in politics, industry, and pop culture. They also would like Canadians to participate by providing them with information.
The News Forum is a unique hybrid of traditional “news” media company and an information service. Although this is a very positive thing for Canadian citizens, since they have something they can rely on for information, but the fact that they’ve been successful at it also means that they have an element of brain drain on those who are participating. The News Forum has succeeded in reaching their goal of being a source for information, but without letting participants actually think or talk about anything. However some of the weaknesses of the News Forum have been revealed.
First, Canadians have come relying on their Information Service providers for a counterbalance of the information they receive on the News Forum. In other words, when they use the News Forum as a source of information, they are relying 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), has a reputation for its impartial daily news coverage, and the Globe and Mail newspaper does better at being more even-handed than those two national news organizations (NWSO and CBC), they still rely on one individual (the writer) as a counterweight to biased information on their websites. The result is that although Canadians receive more diverse and thorough information than ever before from their News forums however, they often are left with information that’s not more accurate or precise than what they were led believe it was. It is frustrating that Canadian citizens have to rely on one source for information and that source has mostly been their government, in order to combat the biased information that is available on their government websites.
John Lindsay, the current Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV writer, does not mention that Hindi is his mother language. Despite being unable to write or read either Punjabi or Hindi, Lindsay claims to be able to understand and speak Hindi and Punjabi. This raises the question: If he is unable to comprehend or speak any of these languages, how does present news items on Tueday the conservative Canadian news channel that are biased and filled with inaccurate, incorrect or out-of-date information? Furthermore, if the channel does not mention his mother tongue when talking about his heritage and background is this a sign that the journalist isn’t aware of his personal background? Surely not, especially given that he graduated from an American university (averaging just above an 3.0 GPA) and worked in broadcast media in the U.S. state of Texas for the past 15 years.
This is not the only instance of a news feature debate that didn’t have its time or its topic properly outlined or even discussed. Stephen Lewis interviewed Jennifer Paget the 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. However, she did not talk about employment opportunities or the fact that a lot of women in similar situations do not have a lucrative job. The segment also included 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 others in the interview who made remarks about her presentation and discussion of workplace violence and employment.
In the end, the majority of news coverage and viewers for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation has been focused on the positive aspect of the story. These two examples of in-depth news coverage are but two examples of how a news platform may be able to help provide a more balanced and real-time coverage of topics that appeal to a larger audience. In addition, these forums can provide a venue in which a host of experts, personalities, politicians, artists and many other people can share their perspective and opinions on specific issues. Canadians can benefit from both the good and bad sides of this forum by obtaining the information they require from one source.
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