The News Forum is a Canadian English news media company which is owned by The News Forum Incorporated. The directors of the company have not been publicly disclosed. Tore Stautland is the founder of Trillennium Media Group. This company also owns and runs The News Forum. Trillie Media, a sister company, shares the same ownership and manages the popular MySpace and Voo websites.
This company is an Internet news channel that provides its subscribers information based on Canadian economy, politics, Education, Health, Business and Sports as well as pop culture. Their website states that they are “news consumers first”. They are very eager to provide their readers with the most current information and discussions. Their motto is “You will not see a dead horse.” They want their readers to keep current with the most recent developments in politics, industry, and pop culture. They also want Canadians to participate by providing them with relevant information.
The News Forum is a unique hybrid of an established “news” media outlet that also provides an information service. This is a good thing for Canadian citizens as they have an information service they can trust. However it has also led to a bit of a brain drain for participants. 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 even gain knowledge. Unfortunately, the success of the News Forum has also brought many of their own flaws.
First, Canadians have come relying on their Information Service providers for a counterbalance of the information they receive on the News Forum. In the same way, when they use the News Forum as a source of information, they are relying on the experience and expertise of one person (the Forum administrator) to provide a counterbalance to the biased information that is given to forum members. This means that even while the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) is known for its balanced coverage throughout the day, and the Globe and Mail newspaper does a better job of being more impartial than the two national news organizations (NWSO and CBC) but they rely on one person (the writer) to provide a counterbalance to the biased information that is posted on their websites. As a result, even though Canadians are getting more varied and thorough information than ever before from their News websites but they are often left with information that’s not more precise or thorough than the information they were led to believe it was. It is difficult for Canadian citizens to rely solely on one source of information that for the vast part has been their own government to provide a counterbalance to the biased information presented on their government websites.
John Lindsay, the current Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV writer, does not even mention that Hindi is his mother language. Even so John. Lindsay purports to be capable of speaking and understanding Punjabi and Hindi despite being unable to write or read in either of these languages. This begs the question, if Mr. Lindsay is unable to understand or speak any of these languages, how do he think he is able to present news items on the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday that are slanted and stuffed with incorrect, inaccurate or out-of-date information? Furthermore, if it is not mentioned his mother tongue when talking about his background and heritage Does this mean he is not even aware of his personal background? It’s unlikely, considering his American university graduation (with an average of 3.0 GPA on average) and 15 years of experience in broadcast media in Texas.
This isn’t the only occasion of a newscast discussion lacking its time or addressing its 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 or sister, friend and a wife, and what it means to be a woman. But she didn’t discuss employment opportunities or the fact that a lot of women in these same situations don’t have a job that is highly paid. The segment even had an exchange between Ms. Paget and one of the guests in the studio where the moderator mentioned that Ms. Paget was often criticized for being too friendly and never putting any blame on those in the interview room that she felt made comments to her about the way she presented herself and discussed issues pertaining to employment and workplace violence.
The positive side of the story is the attention of a large part of the news audience and news focus at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. These two examples of in-depth news reports are but two examples of how a news forum might be able give a more balanced and real-time coverage of topics that appeal to a larger audience. Additionally, these forums could provide a space in which a host of personalities, experts politicians, artists, and other subjects can offer their perspectives and opinions on particular issues. By using this venue, Canadians can get the best of both worlds, by getting the information they require from a broader source.
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