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National media's political coverage declining, resembling sports reporting

Editors are deciding what people want to know, instead of what they need to know, causing Canadians to tune out of political and public policy discussions.

Just doing their jobs: Reporters in a scrum with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. A new book, How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics, says political coverage has declined over the last two decades. Conflicts and personality ‘have become the staple of political reporting and that has helped to alienate the public from politics and public policy,’ says Chris Waddell.

The fast-paced environment in which journalists are working today has negative implications on political coverage and in many ways “resembles sports reporting” which is alienating the public, say experts.

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National media's political coverage declining, resembling sports reporting

Editors are deciding what people want to know, instead of what they need to know, causing Canadians to tune out of political and public policy discussions.

Just doing their jobs: Reporters in a scrum with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. A new book, How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics, says political coverage has declined over the last two decades. Conflicts and personality ‘have become the staple of political reporting and that has helped to alienate the public from politics and public policy,’ says Chris Waddell.

The fast-paced environment in which journalists are working today has negative implications on political coverage and in many ways “resembles sports reporting” which is alienating the public, say experts.

  

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Monday, March 2, 2015
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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
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The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
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PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
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PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
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The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
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The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
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CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
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Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.

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