Mindset Media Guide – designed for general-assignment reporters

Mindset Media Guide – Mindset-mediaguide.ca.

By Tamara Baluja, Associate Editor

Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health is designed for general-assignment reporters – the most likely first-responders when news that may turn out to involve mental illness breaks. Moderator David Common, CBC News correspondent and host of the World Report, along with panellists André Picard, public health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail, Karen Liberman, speaker/mental health expert, and Dr. Anthony Feinstein, professor of psychiatry at University of Toronto and expert on the psychological health of conflict reporters), will discuss this guide to mental health reporting.

You can also follow along with the audio feed here.

To get a sense of why we need this guide called Mindset, read this excellent primer from Cliff Lonsdale: Why a journalist’s words matter when reporting on mental health

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Greenlandic Filmmaker puts funding request where her heart is | The Arctic Journal

Mother nature’s fury couldn’t defeat the Sledge Patrol, but a lack of funding might keep director Sandra Skibsted from telling their “exceptional story”

‘The Sledge Patrol’ is a documentary about a group of Danish, Norwegian and Greenlandic hunters called on to protect the Northeast coast of Greenland against Nazi infiltration. And it is one of those stories only real life could dish up.

VIDEO: See preview of “The Sledge Patrol” (at end of article)

“I was instantly captivated by it. The events that happened during the Second World War in Greenland were so incredible that they could hardly be true. But the truth about the years when the war came to Greenland is remarkable and extraordinary. “

Skibsted learned about the story of the men of the Sledge Patrol back in 2010 by accident while she was doing research for another documentary project. She has been working ever since to make the documentary come to life. The process, she says, has been as rewarding as it has been labourious.

“It has been sheer detective work to find a number of the people you will meet in the documentary. During the course of the filming of the promo, I also came across valuable historical documents. The existence of these had been unknown and they included the diary of the only Danish man who died in the war in Greenland. Furthermore, through this project, I have had the opportunity to unite a brother of a patrolman with his brother’s long-lost diary – a diary he had been searching for for many years.”

via Filmmaker puts funding request where her heart is | The Arctic Journal.

Like an iceberg, 1996, “Hard Lessons” on Journalism in Nunavik, Quebec

Like an iceberg, 1996, “Hard Lessons”.


“…The story I write about this school enrages the school commissioners, who see government officials looking at my figures and cutting subsidies as a result.

In the printed article, I mention all the names, all the sources. The teacher I’ve quoted calls me in desperation. He’s worried about his job. I feel terrible about the difficult position I’ve put him in.

“No one says that what you’re saying isn’t true,” a sympathetic school board official said. “But they don’t want to have it in the Ottawa Citizen.”

I think again about those words as I sit at the annual general meeting of Makivik Corp. in Inukjuakmap_inukjuaq which takes place the same week that the school story gets published and circulated by fax around Nunavik.

“Journalists lie,” I heard the familiar droning voice of the interpreter say through my ear phones. “And these journalists sit here and pretend to listen.”

It’s J. talking at the mike, and he’s talking about me. I’m taking down his words, but they begin to look like ants crawling over my paper.

I stayed with J. and his family in their Nunavik home the previous year for 10 days. J. played video games almost constantly on a Game-Boy. He also butchered a caribou leg into filets with delicate dexterity.

When I asked him about a charismatic display at the end of a local Anglican church service, with crying, gestures, member of the congregation speaking in tongues, “it’s our culture,” he said.

Two days before this meeting where J. stands now to denounce me, I had run into him as he was riding around on a snowmobile here in town. It was like seeing an old friend. But now he’s speaking against me in front of 150 people in this cavernous gym….”

30 Things Journalists Do That Piss Off Other Journalists

30 Things Journalists Do That Piss Off Other Journalists

Journalists bug other journalist when they…

via 30 Things Journalists Do That Piss Off Other Journalists.


Take a job in PR.



And try to tell you about all the perks of the job – like health care and weekends.

Don’t use AP Style.

Features | Inuktitut Tusaalanga

A glossary/mini-dictionary containing 1400+ Inuktitut terms accessible either in romanized or syllabic Inuktitut. 20+ dialogues with full audio and optional English definitions An index to the Inuktitut grammar concepts.

via Features | Inuktitut Tusaalanga.



The Evolution of Automated Breaking News Stories | MIT Technology Review

The Evolution of Automated Breaking News Stories | MIT Technology Review.

“…A Google engineer has developed an algorithm that spots breaking news stories on the Web and illustrates them with pictures. And it is now filing its first stories on Twitter.

Breaking news stories are one of the driving forces for online media. So the ability to automatically spot interesting or important new events that are happening now is hugely valuable.

Last year, Thomas Steiner at Google Germany, in Hamburg, released just such an algorithm that can spot breaking news events as they happen. Today, he’s updated it with a picture-based interface that attempts to tell the stories behind the news events that the algorithm has spotted.

The process of automatically spotting breaking news events is relatively straightforward. It is based on the idea that if something important is happening now, Wikipedia editors working in different languages will update the relevant pages at the same time….”

30 Things That Stress Out Journalists

30 Things That Stress Out Journalists.


When your computer freezes and you realize you haven’t saved your story

Inuit with attitude

See on Scoop.itInuit Nunangat Stories

Straight outta the Nuuk of the 1990s, it’s Greenland’s first rap group

See on arcticjournal.com

Like an iceberg: on being a journalist in the Arctic

Join me as I remember my travels in the Canadian Arctic during the 1990s, a period when few journalists travelled as widely in the region.- Jane George

A date with Siku girl

“The iceberg needs to be broken. Even if it’s big, it will break. The only way it can get fixed is if you talk. We have to break the iceberg into pieces. Then things will come out. After the iceberg has crumbled, there’s a cleansing of the body. Everything will come out in anger and rage.” — Meeka Arnakaq of Pangnirtung, 1995

An iceberg melts in August off the shore of Baffin Island. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE) An iceberg melts in August off the shore of Baffin Island. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

Join me as I remember my travels in the Canadian Arctic during the 1990s, a period when few journalists travelled as widely in the region.

I started working on this tale back in 1996, thanks to a Canada Council Literary Development grant, and then put everything aside for more than 15 years as I worked for the Nunatsiaq NewsOn medical leave from the newspaper since October 2013, I’ve had the time…

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Randy Sibbeston still refuses to move Yellowknife houseboat

See on Scoop.itNWT News

After refusing to move his houseboat from Yellowknife’s waterfront, Randy Sibbeston says the Northwest Territories government should pay him $1,000 a day in damages for taking him to court.

Northern_Clips‘s insight:

Sibbeston says Willow Flats is traditional Métis territory and that, as a Métis man, he has the right to use the area.

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