The News Forum is a Canadian English news media company that is owned by The News Forum Incorporated, which is a company whose board of directors has never 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, has the same ownership and also operates the popular MySpace and Vevo websites.
The company is an Internet news channel. It offers information to its viewers based on Canadian politics, economy, education, business, health as well as sports and pop culture. Their website states that they “first and foremost” serve the news-loving public. They are eager to share the latest information and share it with their subscribers. Their motto is “You won’t find a dead horse.” In the same way, they would like their readers to be up-to-date with the latest happenings in the world of industry, politics economy, as well as in pop culture. They would like Canadians to be active by providing them with information.
The News Forum has become a unique hybrid between a conventional “news” media organization and an information service. This is a good thing for Canadian citizens because they have an information source they can trust. However it has also caused some brain drain for people who are part of it. In other terms, the News Forum has been successfully reaching their goals of being a source of content without having the participants actually think, discuss or even learn anything. Unfortunately 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 news they see on the News Forum. They rely on the expertise and skills of the Forum administrator to provide a counterbalance to the biased information given to forum members. This means that even while the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) is known for providing balanced coverage throughout the day, and the Globe and Mail newspaper does a better job of being more fair than the two national news organizations (NWSO and CBC) but they rely on one individual (the writer) as a counterweight to biased information on their websites. The result is that although Canadians get more diverse and thorough information than ever before from their News forums but they are often left with information that is no more accurate or detailed than what they were led to believe it was. It’s frustrating for Canadian citizens to rely solely on one source of information that for the most part is their own government, in order to provide a counterbalance to the biased information that is presented on their government websites.
The writer currently working for the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV, John Lindsay for instance, does not mention that his mother language is Hindi. Despite being unable to read or write either Punjabi or Hindi, Lindsay claims to be able to speak and understand Hindi and Punjabi. This begs the question: if he cannot speak or understand any of these languages, how do he think he is able to deliver news stories on the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday that are slanted and filled with incorrect, inaccurate or out-of-date information? Furthermore, if he fails to mention his mother tongue when talking about his background and heritage Does this mean the person is unaware of his personal background? It is unlikely, given his American university degree (with an average of 3.0 GPA on average) and 15 years of experience in broadcast media in Texas.
This isn’t the only instance of a news feature discussion not having enough time or not addressing the topic in a manner that is correct. Stephen Lewis interviewed Jennifer Paget, a Canadian Justice reporter, in the same episode. Ms. Paget gave a beautiful speech about women’s empowerment. She spoke about being a mother, sister, friend, and a wife, as well as what it means to be a woman. She didn’t mention employment opportunities, or the fact that many women who are in similar situations do not have a high-paying job. The segment also included an exchange between Ms. Paget with one of the guests in studio. Moderators pointed out that Ms. Paget was often criticised for being too nice and never putting any blame on anyone else in the interview, who made comments regarding her presentation and the discussion of violence in the workplace and employment.
As a result, the majority of news attention and audience of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation has been focused on the positive aspect of the story. These are just two examples of in-depth reporting that show how news forums can deliver balanced and honest reporting on topics of interest to a larger audience. In addition, such forums could provide a space in which a range of experts, personalities politicians, artists, and other subjects can offer their perspective and opinions on specific issues. Through this platform, Canadians can get the best of both worlds by getting the information they need from a comprehensive source.
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