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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, September 15, 2014
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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
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The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
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GRIC directors feel the chill.
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From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
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Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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