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Wayne MacPhail has been a print and online journalist for 25 years. He was the managing editor of Hamilton Magazine and was a reporter and editor at The Hamilton Spectator until he founded Southam InfoLab, a national future information products facility for Southam Inc. in 1991. He went on to develop online content for most major players in Canada including Sympatico-Lycos, where he was the director of content. He is also a book author (Spin Doctors) and is a published and performed playwright (Abandon Hope Mabel Dorothy). He has taught online writing at several Ontario colleges and universities and is the co-owner of w8nc inc, a marketing and communications firm aimed at non- profit and educational organizations.
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Tweeting to excess: The trial coverage of #bosma and #ghomeshi

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Over the past week or so I've been following the coverage of the Tim Bosma murder trial on social media. Well, specifically, on Twitter. 

For those of you who don't know, Dellen Millard, 30, and Mark Smich, 28, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Bosma, a 32-year-old father who lived in Ancaster, Ontario. Both have pleaded not guilty. 

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Spotlight: The movie, the web and the state of journalism

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For anyone who's worked in a newsroom for over a decade there's a montage in the movie Spotlight that has to trigger a warm rush of nostalgia. 

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Technology, journalism and the disruption of business as usual

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Last week a couple of items landed in my Facebook feed that convinced me a lot of thinking about disruption in general, and the disruption of the newsroom in particular, is facile and just plain wrongheaded. 

Let's start with the facile first, a slide a friend shared on Facebook called "The Digital Disruption Has Already Happened." The slide listed examples of this premise including:

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A guide to taking your smartphone beyond point and shoot

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One of the great mistakes of using a smartphone for video or stills is to treat it like a point-and-shoot camera. Sure, it is about the size of one, but a smartphone's small lens and tiny sensor mean that in order to get the best out of it, you actually have to slow down, be mindful and think a bit about what you're doing. You might even need to supplement the device with some peripherals.

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Virtual reality, the Consumer Electronics Show and the holodeck of lost causes

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Embracing the tablet paradigm of computing in 2016

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Digital promises and progress: The year in tech

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Lately it seems like each year in technology offers more promise than delivery. 2015 was not the year we saw a smartwatch on every wrist, a personal digital assistant that truly understood us or a tablet that really could replace a laptop.

We did not get a government that will nuke Bill C-51. Nor did we get a real solution to pop-up ads. And a self-driving car? Uber is the closest we came.

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Free online content is not to blame for CHCH's failure

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Late last week the news broke that CHCH TV, a television staple here in my hometown of Hamilton, was slashing its local coverage and firing a good deal of its staff. CHCH is owned by Channel Zero via a shell company, Channel 11 L.P. (limited partnership). It was that company, which effectively covered Channel Zero's fiduciary ass, that declared bankruptcy, and so the bloodletting began.

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Marvelling at the human-created magic of technology

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We are nearing the end of 2015. And, most days, after decades of innovation, our technology balances on a knife-edge between magical and maddening. Which is curious, given how long it had perched itself precariously on that same sharp precipice.

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Personal digital assistants and the Grand Budapest Interface

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