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More Hill news bureaus shut down, experts say it's time to rethink media coverage

Instant news not the smartest, coverage becomes too generic, say national media experts.

The Montreal Gazette, one of Canada's oldest newspapers that had a presence on the Hill dating as far back as 1873, closed its Ottawa bureau earlier this month, joining at least a dozen other bureau closures over the last 20 years. Some experts say this and other media outlets' recent business decisions to lay off reporters is causing a "civic crisis" and creating a less informed public.

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More Hill news bureaus shut down, experts say it's time to rethink media coverage

Instant news not the smartest, coverage becomes too generic, say national media experts.

The Montreal Gazette, one of Canada's oldest newspapers that had a presence on the Hill dating as far back as 1873, closed its Ottawa bureau earlier this month, joining at least a dozen other bureau closures over the last 20 years. Some experts say this and other media outlets' recent business decisions to lay off reporters is causing a "civic crisis" and creating a less informed public.

  

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE