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Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

On reporting offshore 'incidents' - It was Saturday, Aug. 15 when a person on board the West Aquarius oil rig off Newfoundland was injured and taken to hospital in St. John’s. Like reporters at all other media outlets in the province (unless someone sat on the information), I heard about the injury and medevac on Thursday, Aug. 20. It was five days after the fact. I admit, I’m not omniscient. And unless I know something happened, I wouldn’t always think to ask about that thing that happened. And that is a problem when it comes to the province’s offshore oil industry. The offshore is a completely different animal from onshore. There is no daily, public record of notable events on the rigs in the same vein as the list of brief blurbs the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary emails out every 24 hours. (I’m sure you’ve noticed, the police overnight has become the staple of morning news reports.) Some RCMP detachments issue similar notices listing cases with a one-line description. This kind of notification to the shrinking number of reporters in the province goes beyond the police. Transport Canada, for example, issues a daily report on recorded flight “incidents” with the briefest of details. A single word is sometimes enough to spark followup. Onshore, you have the added benefit of regular calls from concerned bystanders: other drivers in the area of a car accident, residents near a fire, a shopper who sees police dogs being used for a search in a parking lot. And there are sources unique to the different outlets and…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick August 20, 2015

Jackie McCann-Scott - Invested Mama

Keeping the doors open and the lights on. -   I’ve been self-employed for more than 15 years.   And as a self-employed person and business owner, I understand the cyclical and uncertain nature of business. As a financial adviser, I plan accordingly.   This often makes for interesting conversations with my husband — a teacher and unionized employee who knows exactly what his income will be now and at least until the end of this current collective agreement.   Opposites attract, right?   Despite the uncertainty, I’ve never felt concern over my ability to earn an income. I also have a plan in place to ensure my income would continue even during an unexpected illness or injury.   No pressure.   Then I hired an employee.   There is something very humbling about being responsible for another person’s income. Overnight, it wasn’t just about me. If – due to injury or illness – I was not able to actively participate in my business and generate revenue needed to pay her salary and all the other fixed expenses, how long would we be able to keep the doors open and the lights on?   Thankfully, I had the answer.   Business Overhead Insurance   Often described as one of the least marketed insurance products of our time, Business Overhead Insurance addresses this very concern.     In many small businesses, the owner is also the operator. That is, they are the person whose actions generate the bulk of the cash flow needed for the business to run. Eliminate that key role, and you could…

Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott August 07, 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

Spreadsheets - Okey-dokey, there’s a little project I’ve been working on for a few weeks now, trying to keep track of party candidates for the upcoming election. With the House of Assembly shrinking from 48 down to 40, and a lot of boundaries changing, the whole thing is an ungodly mess right now. At the suggestion of Twitter poli-geek Devin Drover, I started a spreadsheet to make sense of it all. This has been bouncing around for a few weeks now, and every couple days somebody tweets at me asking for a link to it. So… Here’s the link. A couple things about this spreadsheet: 1.If you know of somebody who’s seeking a party nomination, but isn’t on the list, please let me know. You can email me at jmcleod (at) thetelegram (dot) com. You can send me a Twitter DM. Heck, if it tickles your fancy, you can write the information down on a piece of paper, stuff it in a brown envelope and drop if off at the Telegram front desk. (That sort of thing happens more often than you might think.) 2.I know this spreadsheet is a mess. It will remain a mess until the parties call nominations and I can tidy it up with sure things. If there’s an error in there, let me know. 3.As you’ll notice, some of the cells in the Liberal column are shaded in. Those are the districts when nominations have been called and there’s a confirmed candidate. On that point, here’s something interesting to note: Andrew…

Photo : James McLeod June 24, 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