UP HERE IN THE NORTH
What a week for regional journalism. First, CBC North's management announced (internally) that it would merge its three northern newscasts into a pan-territorial broadcast. Cabin Radio broke the story and the outrage was swift. Everyone from national reporters to CBC's own employees and even the Yukon government condemned the move. Management relented to the pressure and reversed its decision after 48 hours.
“I was emotionally overwhelmed on air this morning,” wrote Trailbreaker host Loren McGinnis about the change-of-mind by his bosses. “I’ve never felt so deeply that what we do is valued... I will be grateful for that show of support from our audience for the rest of my life.”
At the same time as that situation was unfolding, TorStar also announced it was shutting down its Metro Commuter papers across the country, laying off 100 editorial staff. Ryerson instructor Hayley Watson and former Northerner (and Up Here contributor) Jimmy Thomson organized a condolence fund, raising over $2,000 that was donated to the impacted newsrooms across the country to buy themselves a round at the bar.
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