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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 Toronto Star, and 10 years as chairman of the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. His 1998 book Yesterday's News documented how newspapers were forfeiting their role as our primary information source.

Blog - The Journalism Doctor August 28
The Toronto Star building, photographed in 2010. (Image: petmutt/Flickr)
John Miller | The majority of the Star newsroom publicly spoke out against columnist Rosie DiManno.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 16
Image: Ryerson School of Journalism/Facebook
John Miller | Journalistic organizations are facing demands to change, and many won't admit they have a problem.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 10
Rex Murphy at the UBCM conference in 2014 Image: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
John Miller | There is plenty of evidence that mainstream newspapers and broadcasting outlets in this country are institutionally incapable of covering race and racism in our society.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 27
The Toronto Star building, photographed in 2010. (Image: petmutt/Flickr)
John Miller | Jordan Bitove and Paul Rivett, the Star's new owners, say "we believe in news" and that their ownership will ensure a future for "world-class journalism." That remains to be seen.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 13
Image: Howard Lake/Flickr
John Miller | The federal government promised $595 million to support Canadian newspapers 18 months ago, but so far that program has not paid out any funds to struggling publishers.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor February 18
Unist'ot'en Matriarchs burn the court injunction in ceremony. Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Twitter
John Miller | Substituting stereotypes for facts is not good journalism. Legacy media influencers are overlooking facts and centuries of injustice towards Indigenous people.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor January 27
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Image: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland/Flickr
John Miller | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lost his cool, and tried to blame NPR. The exchange is proof of why we need journalists who doggedly pursue the truth.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor November 23
Image: Creative Commons
John Miller | Torstar's closure of commuter dailies calls into question the effectiveness of the federal government's $600-million bailout for legacy publishers.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor October 2
Image: POMED/Flickr
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
Image: Absolutvision/Unsplash
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
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.

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