The News Forum is a Canadian English news media firm that is owned by The News Forum Incorporated. The directors of this company have not 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, shares the same ownership and also operates the popular MySpace and Vevo websites.
The company is an Internet news channel. It provides information to its readers that are based on Canadian economy, politics, business, health, education 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 talk to their readers. Their motto is “You will not see an old horse.” In the same way, they want their readers to stay current with the latest developments in the world of industry, politics economy, as well as in pop culture. They would like Canadians to be engaged by providing them with relevant 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 since they have an information service they can trust. However it has also caused some brain drain for participants. In other terms, the News Forum has been successfully reaching their goals of providing content without having the participants actually think, talk about or even learn anything. Unfortunately, many of the shortcomings of the News Forum have been revealed.
First, Canadians have come relying on their Information Service providers for a contrast to the news they read on the News Forum. In other words, when they use the News Forum as a source of information, they depend on the expertise and knowledge of a single person (the Forum administrator) to provide a counterbalance to the biased information that is offered to forum members. This means that, even while the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) is known for providing balanced daily news coverage, 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 person (the writer) to provide a counterbalance to the biased information on their websites. Canadians are receiving more detailed and diverse information from their News forums than they have ever before, however they are often provided with information that is not as accurate or as detailed as they expected. It is frustrating that Canadian citizens have to rely on one source for information and that source has for the most part been their government, in order to counter the biased information on their government websites.
John Lindsay, the current Canadian conservative news channel Tueday TV writer, does not even mention that Hindi is his mother tongue. Even so John. Lindsay purports to be able to speak and understand Punjabi and Hindi despite not being able to read or write in either of these languages. This obviously begs the question: if Mr. Lindsay is unable to understand or speak either of these languages, why does he think he can deliver news stories on the Canadian conservative news channel Tueday that are skewed and stuffed with incorrect or outdated information? Furthermore, if the channel does not mention his mother tongue when speaking about his heritage and background Does this mean the person is unaware of his own heritage? It is unlikely, given his American university degree (with an average of 3.0 GPA on average) and 15 years of working in broadcast media in Texas.
This isn’t the only occasion of a newscast discussion that isn’t not addressing the topic in a way that is appropriate. In the same episode, The Canadian Justice reporter Jennifer Paget was interviewed by Stephen Lewis. Ms. Paget uncorked a wonderful speech on women’s empowerment, including what it is to be a mother, a daughter, sister, wife or friend (and of course, a human being). She did not mention employment opportunities, or the fact that many women who find themselves in similar situations don’t have a job that pays well. The segment also had an exchange of words between Ms. Paget and one of the guests in the studio where the moderator mentioned that Ms. Paget was often criticized for being too friendly and never putting any blame on the people in the interview room who she believed made comments to her about the manner she presented and discussed issues related to work-related violence and employment.
This has meant that a large portion of the news attention and audience of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation has been focused on the positive side of the story. These two examples of news stories that are in-depth are just two examples of how a news platform may be able to help provide a more balanced and real-time report on topics of interest to a wider audience. In addition, these forums can provide a venue in which a host of experts, celebrities politicians, artists, and other individuals 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 an all-encompassing source.
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