H. G. Watson, Nieman Lab

H. G. Watson

Nieman Lab

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by H.:

No paywall in the chicken coop: A fast-food chain is paying to take down 16 Canadian newspapers’ paywalls this month » Nieman Journalism Lab

Canadians will be able to keep abreast of the latest news for the next month, thanks to a sponsorship from Mary Brown's Chicken & Taters, home of the Tater Poutine. This thing could have legs. → Read More

Are reusable coffee cups a solution or Band-Aid for our waste problem?

Buying a sturdy plastic to-go tumbler is an appealing way to feel like you are doing something proactive in the battle against climate change and plastic waste — but there might be better ways to help. → Read More

Refinery29 to launch in Canada in October

Former Chatelaine editor-in-chief Carley Fortune will lead the Canadian edition.Read More Continue Reading Refinery29 to launch in Canada in October → Read More

24 Hours of Le Mange: An around-the-clock food feature helped this newspaper connect with its community » Nieman Journalism Lab

What's the kind of story worth putting outside a hard paywall? The kind of civic storytelling that shows that you're "covering the city like no one else." → Read More

National Observer aiming to raise $1 million to build audience

Founder and editor-in-chief Linda Solomon Wood wants to reach Canadians who haven't heard of the National Observer.Read More Continue Reading National Observer aiming to raise $1 million to build audience → Read More

In Winnipeg, micropayments aren’t generating big money, but they’re serving as a top-of-the-funnel strategy » Nieman Journalism Lab

Three years in, the Winnipeg Free Press' attempt to get readers to pay by the article is still producing less than $100,000 a year — but it also produces data that allows for more targeted upsell efforts. → Read More

Here Are the Journalism Books You Won’t Find On Your Syllabus

This post originally appeared on J-Source. H.G. Watson is a journalist based in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently the managing editor of J-Source, the Canadian Journalism Project where she writes about media and manages j-source.ca. → Read More

The Canadian Press joins National NewsMedia Council

It’s the first time in the wire service’s 100 year history they’ve been in a press council. → Read More

Lay offs at Vice include cuts at Vice Canada

About 10 people will be laid off in the coming weeks as part of company wide cutbacks. → Read More

CityNews is experimenting with anchorless newscasts

The early evening broadcasts have no anchor at the helm, favouring on-the-scene reporting. → Read More

Here’s what the New York Times has learned covering Canada so far

Jodi Rudoren, editorial director of NYT Global, explains some of the experiments she and her team are working on. → Read More

Banff Centre to offer inaugural investigative journalism course this fall

Patti Sonntag and Robert Cribb will co-teach a new course on hard investigative skills. → Read More

Postmedia axes Monday print edition of the National Post

Normally a summer policy, now there will be no Monday print editions indefinitely. → Read More

CTV expands 5 p.m. local newscasts to nine new cities

New broadcasts will create 35 hours of original local production a week, according to release. → Read More

Toronto Star accused of copying a field trip guide

The CEO of Attractions Ontario says the Star’s field trip guide, which recently won an award, bears a number of similarities to theirs. → Read More

Why local reporters should be investigating police surveillance

Local police forces might be low hanging fruit for freedom of information requests. → Read More

CBC News’ Jennifer McGuire tells us what to expect on the new The National

McGuire says Steve Ladurantaye, who stepped down from the managing editor position, will travel north in May. → Read More

The Media as Opposition: Covering Trump in a Post-Truth Era

They are among the world’s most unrelenting truth seekers. In their first live joint appearance, these renowned, award-winning journalists and authors will discuss the pressing need to apply constant, critical pressure on an American president who threatens the very fabric of democracy, journalism, civil society and the truth. In this two-part Toronto event, our first discussion features Amy… → Read More

Proposal to merge UBC’s journalism school with other programs put on hold

Original proposal would have created a School of Media and Information. → Read More

Winnipeg Free Press staff agree to potential wage cuts to block job cuts

Staff ratified an agreement on May 13, 2017 that would extend their collective agreement to 2019. → Read More