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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 2
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John Miller | One year since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Canada still sells arms to Saudi Arabia and world leaders have failed to seek real justice.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor September 30
An anti-LGBTQ march in Toronto. Image: Mary Crandall/Flickr
John Miller | How should the news media identify and report on hate and extremist groups in Canada? Should they report on them at all?
Blog - The Journalism Doctor September 28
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John Miller | The reaction from columnist Shree Paradkar and other journalists to Bernier's invitation suggests a deeper problem in the Star's newsroom.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor September 16
Image: screenshot/Vancouver Sun
John Miller | One unaddressed problem is that the Sun and Postmedia do not publish their journalistic standards, even though every other major news organization in Canada does.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor September 11
Image: screenshot/Vancouver Sun
John Miller | The Vancouver Sun's apology after publishing a racist, anti-immigrant op-ed left everyone alienated.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor July 2
Pencil on paper. Image: madca7/Wikimedia Commons
John Miller | De Adder's June 26 cartoon was inspired by the shocking photograph of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria, who died attempting to cross into the U.S. from Mexico.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 14
John Miller | Ottawa's plans look more and more like a bailout, designed to prop up old journalistic platforms, not an investment in something that is likely to find a new audience.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 31
Newsboxes. Image: Max Pixel
John Miller | Bill C-97, which would allow news outlets deemed "qualified" by an ostensibly independent panel to receive federal funds, is dangerous. But Canada's publishers are lining up at the trough.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 1
Line of newspaper boxes. Photo: Steve Harris/Flickr
John Miller | Publishers bargained away their most precious commodity -- their professional integrity.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor February 18
John Miller | Journalist Jill Abramson is under fire for her new book, and with good reason.
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
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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
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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
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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
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John Miller | Backlash against elites meant voters tuned out the experts.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor November 4
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John Miller | Surveillance is unconstitutional and alarming and should concern us all.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor October 3
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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.

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