We are standing today at a great media crossroads. As daily papers stagger, shutting bureaus, cutting features, and laying off thousands in an attempt to find equilibrium amid a heaving paradigm sea change, television news too is finding its undisputed domination of information dissemination challenged by a perfect storm of high costs, diminished advertising revenue, and a rising tide of online media alternatives.
None of this is particularly newsworthy, these changes have long been forecast afterall; what IS new however is the emergence of independent local and street newspapers.
Mary P. Brooke, is the editor in chief and publisher of the Sooke Voice News, now about to launch an expansion of their efforts in a venture they call, Vancouver Island Voice News.
Mary P. Brooke in the first half.
And; the worst fears of Israelis was realized last week with the discovery of the bodies of three teens who went missing while hitch-hiking in the Occupied West Bank. The search for the three boys, all of high school age, saw a massive mobilization of Israel’s army and air force, manifesting on the ground in the West Bank with thousands of house raids, hundreds of arrests, and the deaths of more than a dozen Palestinians so far, many of them no older than the Israeli kids killed. It has also meant bombing and artillery shelling for Gaza and the resumption of rockets fired into Israel. As usual the Western media narrative fails to inform, leaving those dependent on state and corporate outlets knowing less of the story the more coverage they watch.
Jon Elmer is a Canadian photo-journalist and writer who has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine. His work has appeared at myriad sites on the internet, including; Inter Press News Service, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca. Jon has reported too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada, and he has been the most frequently appearing guest on this program over the last dozen or so years.
Jon Elmer on the eve of a Third Intifada in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Mary P. Brooke and breaking news from the Sooke Voice News.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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