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Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

Reflections on 1892 - Escape Quest, a new immersive “escape room” gaming facility, is set to open in St. John’s this week. And, as reported, I was sent to the location at 156 Duckworth St. on Monday for a preview, specifically of the “Great Fire of 1892” challenge. I didn’t really understand what it was all about before I dropped in, and so I spent a bit of time reading up beforehand. As I read, I tried to place myself into the city on the day.I wondered whether I would be a reporter with a local newspaper covering it all. I’ve got a bit of a scrappiness about me that doesn’t work well in most professions. And there were at least seven papers being published in the city at the time: the Daily Evening Telegram, Daily Evening Colonist, Daily Evening Herald, the Advocate (tri-weekly), the Newfoundland Times (bi-weekly), the Patriot (bi-weekly) and the weekly Royal Gazette. The place was prime for a young journo looking to make their way in the world.But I’m not a man.And while women were working outside of the home in the city at the time, not everyone looked on that favourably.The “reading rooms” of the local clubs, where collections of the local papers resided, were no-gos for the lasses. Forget any sort of political conversations about, say, response to the Great Fire on the day or how the funds for the city’s recovery were being spent.It would have been a tough slog to change all of that, since I wouldn’t have had a vote of…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick September 01, 2015

Jackie McCann-Scott - Invested Mama

Letting go. - Watching him walk through those double doors, I caught myself taking a deep breath. He was at least ten paces ahead of me, but the warnings from earlier that morning were still echoing in my ears: “No pictures. No tears. And - whatever you do - don’t hug me, Mom!” Ahh, the first day of Junior High. Social media sites were alive this week with posts from proud and sentimental Mamas like me sharing pics of their kids. First day of kindergarten. First day of high school.  First day of the rest of your life. Most lamented where the years had gone and many craved a ‘pause’ button to help keep their babies forever young. However, the social media sites told a different story last week. CIBC just released a poll that found two thirds of Canadian parents are financially supporting their adult children in some way. Whether through allowing them to live at home for free, paying their cell phone bills or buying their groceries, the amount being doled out monthly ranges from $100-$500, with one in four parents spending at the high end of that range. One financial expert even went so far as to call this the “new normal” for Canadian families. Susan Eng, VP of Advocacy for CARP, spoke on CTV news of the growth in multigenerational households and predicted that the trend of adult children living with and being financially supported by their parents may be here to stay. CARP ( is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for…

Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott September 11, 2015

Telegram Photographers - Worth a thousand words

Ironic Nominations by Keith Gosse - There's a slap of irony in a bit of good news that was announced in the Telegram offices this week. Myself and co-worker Joe Gibbons are nominated for awards in the Atlantic Journalism Awards program. I'm nominated in the news photo and feature photo categories while Joe is a co-nominee in the news photo category.
 It's gratifying and humbling to be recognized by journalistic peers for accomplishments in your chosen profession.

 So where's the irony? 

 Each of those categories contains at least one photojournalist who received a lay off notice in March from the Moncton Times-Transcript. You all know the work of at least one of those photographers. Victor Pivovarov is the guy who captured that now infamous image of armed Moncton shooter Justin Bourque who gunned down three RCMP officers. (To see Victor's photo of the Moncton Shooter on the Atlantic Journalism Awards website, click HERE) He is nominated for that same photo in the news photo category with myself and Joe. Another laid off photographer, Ron Ward, is nominated in the same feature photo category as I am. 

In a statement on the CBC's website, Jean-Claude D'Amours, Brunswick News Inc. regional general manager said they are trying to adjust to a new technological reality, helping to ensure that we remain competitive in a media world that is constantly changing. Our reporters now have the technology to quickly and easily take pictures allowing them to provide the essential elements to deliver quality content to our readers. In other words, untrained reporters armed with newer,…

Photo : Telegram Photographers April 08, 2015

James McLeod - Briefing Note

No clear winners in Avalon debate - My original headline for this blog post was: Avalon debate was the same jumbled mess as this whole damn election. My editor told me that was too long. Fair enough. There's no sense running on too long talking about the Avalon debate Thursday night on CBC Radio. Right off the bat, if I’m being perfectly blunt, it probably didn’t matter much. A lot of political watchers, myself included, were convinced that the race in Avalon would be tightly fought and the NDP, the Liberals and Independent Scott Andrews all had a reasonably shot at winning the thing. If this poll is to be believed, though, Liberal candidate Ken McDonald is cruising towards victory, with more than double the support of his nearest challenger. What’s more, I have a hard time believing that Thursday night’s debate would have done much to help any undecided voter make up their mind.  Mostly, it was a mugging.  Andrews, McDonald and New Democrat Jeannie Baldwin pummelled Conservative candidate Lorraine Barnett with the various and sundry grievances built up over nearly 10 years of bad blood between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Newfoundland and Labrador.  From time to time, the combatants turned on one and other, but only as a breather before going back to stomping Barnett. The CBC will throw the audio up online, and when they do I’ll post a link to it. If you listen to the whole thing, good for you. I’d recommend clicking here instead, and spending your time on the St. John’s South-Mount Pearl debate instead.…

Photo : James McLeod September 25, 2015

Geoff Meeker - Geoff Meeker (Meeker on Media) Blog

That's no Worm! - March 26, 2015 - The story is probably going viral already. Two days ago, a Facebook friend named Wanita Bates posted a rather disturbing photo on her timeline of what appeared to be a worm or slug in her kitchen sink. Whatever it was, the thing had come out of her 1-litire container of Blue Diamond Almond Milk. Wanita had contacted the manufacturer about the incident, but the response – an offer of coupons for discounted and free product – was not acceptable. A day later, after Bates said she would contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Blue Diamond got back to her again, taking her complaint more seriously and offering to pick up the offending item for lab analysis. The CFIA said it would do the same. I drink the same product, consuming one or two liters per week, so this caught my eye. I even offered supporting comments on Wanita’s wall. Today, I have an entirely different perspective. Wanita Bates was a guest today, Thursday, on CBC Radio Noon. Host Ramona Dearing interviewed Bates about her experience, first with the “worm” and then the manufacturer. During the interview, Wanita mentioned that the open container of almond milk had been in her fridge since January. That’s two months, and quite possible longer. Immediately, I knew what had happened. To confirm my theory, I checked an open container of almond milk in my refrigerator. On the top is the following advisory: “After opening, keep refrigerated and use within 7 – 10 days.” There is…

Photo : Geoff Meeker March 26, 2015