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The Journalism Doctor

From media executive to media critic, John Miller has seen journalism from all sides (and he often doesn't like what he sees). He draws on his 40 years in news, including five years as
deputy managing editor of the [i]Toronto Star[/i], and 10 years as chairman of the
School of Journalism at Ryerson University. His 1998 book [i]Yesterday's News[/i]
documented how newspapers were forfeiting their role as our primary information
source. This column originally appeared on John's blog, www.thejournalismdoctor.ca.

Blog - The Journalism Doctor October 28
Toronto City Hall
John Miller | Nearly a week after Ontario’s municipal elections, there has been very little reportage on the shocking lack of progress in making municipal councils more reflective of the population.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor October 1
John Miller | A cartoonist's job is not to pillory. It's to make us think.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor September 6
John Miller | Examining the ethics of the New York Times granting anonymity to a White House insider.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor August 24
Image: DonkeyHotey/Flickr
John Gordon Miller | The "hush money" deal Donald Trump's campaign had with the National Enquirer.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor July 27
John Miller | When tragedy struck on the Danforth, we got half-baked conspiracy theories instead of facts.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor December 2
Image: Flickr/Randylandicho
John Miller | This week's Torstar-Postmedia deal and Globe and Mail redesign both show that newspapers will do anything to put profits ahead of readers.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor October 30
Toronto Star newsroom, December 17, 1930. Photo: Toronto History​/Flickr
John Miller | More than half of Toronto's population identified as a visible minority in the 2016 census, yet represent just a tiny minority of Toronto's media. It's time to change.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor August 16
Ezra Levant. Photo: Raj Taneja/flickr
John Miller | After Charlottesville, Ezra Levant sounds like a man who long ago jumped into shark-infested waters, and is only now starting to complain about the swimming conditions.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 20
Journalist. Image: Pixabay
John Miller | Once proudly independent, Canada's news media are scrambling for handouts.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 20
John Miller | The National Newspaper Awards have a diversity problem, and it's worse than you think.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 13
John Miller | The cultural appropriation prize that circulated on Twitter this week is evidence of how far Canadian media still has to go.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 6
Image: Facebook/Desmond Cole
John Miller | Activism and journalism don't mix, he's told. So he chooses activism.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor April 22
John Miller | Toronto Star columnist Desmond Cole's campaign against police carding led him to disrupt a public meeting this week. Journalism needs to update its rules.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor March 24
Image: Wikimedia Commons
John Miller | Time for journalists to be advocates -- for truth and accountability.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor January 16
Image: Flickr/Michael Vadon
John Miller | Last week's press conference was a fiasco -- and the blame rests squarely on Washington's top reporters.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor January 7
John Gordon Miller | The latest libel suit against Levant, filed by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, suggests he never met a fact he didn't distrust.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor November 9
Image: Wikimedia Commons
John Miller | Backlash against elites meant voters tuned out the experts.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor November 4
Image: Flickr/blogocram
John Miller | Surveillance is unconstitutional and alarming and should concern us all.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor October 3
Image: Wikimedia Commons
John Miller | Ottawa should resist publishers' demands for tax breaks. They got into this themselves
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 17
Photo: Andy Piper/flickr
John Miller | News media are increasingly giving us a skewed picture of Canada.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 10
John Miller | Margaret Wente personifies the Globe's brand. Editor-in-chief David Walmsley is just her delivery boy.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 2
Photo: flickr/Michael
John Miller | Without an investigation, the paper stands by its columnist. But shouldn't the Globe do a thorough investigation, like the other papers that have found themselves in the same position?
Blog - The Journalism Doctor April 26
Image: Can Pac Swire/flickr
John Miller | Her plagiarism is the least of The Globe and Mail's problems. The rot goes to the top.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor December 4
Newsroom, New York Times, 1942
John Miller | National NewsMedia Council sets out to prove it can be an effective ethical watchdog.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor November 26
Image: www.scmao.ca
John Miller | Even Paul Godfrey acted surprised when he was installed in Canada's News Hall of Fame this week.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor November 10
Vancouver Province newspaper strike, 1946 -- City of Vancouver Archives
John Miller | The industry isn't sustainable. Worse: We might not like what replaces ink on paper.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor October 28
John Miller | He's a brilliant interviewer, but his judgment in real life has been his undoing
Blog - The Journalism Doctor March 31
John Miller | Legacy media are yielding many areas of news coverage to small, new digital niche sites. But what kinds of news are they delivering?
Blog - The Journalism Doctor November 3
John Miller | Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he's sorrry for any mistakes. He's just not saying what they are. To find out, the people of Toronto need to pick up a more reliable source -- the Toronto Star.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor October 19
Image: flickr/Jason Verwey
John Miller | Many of us no longer understand what journalists do, or why. In the face of this knowledge, journalists often duck for cover. It's time they faced up to it, for the sake of democracy.