Postmedia cuts mean readers lose out on the truth: CAJ

OTTAWA, Jan. 20, 2016 — Postmedia may have forgotten that each reporting job it cuts means one less truth that won’t be told in Canada. But, starting today, the Canadian Association of Journalists will be making sure the company and its readers will be reminded of the fact.

Yesterday, Postmedia laid off 90 journalists at newsrooms in Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Windsor, Ont., Toronto and Ottawa.

The list of those cuts includes David AlterLaura BoothJessica BrissonIan BusbyStephanie CoombsRyan CormierMatt DayColleen De NeveDave DormerDanielle DubeMargo GoodhandCon GriwkowskyLorraine HjalteChris HofleyGeorge JohnsonEric KoreenIan KucerakCorey LarocqueJulia LipscombeJohn MacKinnonBill MahMatt McClureKaitlyn McGrathCodie McLachlanBryan PassifiumeJason van RasselGwendolyn RichardsKeaton RobbinsTony SpearsRandy SportakMike Sutherland-ShawShelley WallisJohn K. WhiteDon WilcoxBrent WittmeierAlexandra Zabjek, and 54 others.

Many of them file at least one story per day.

As The Globe and Mail’s Selena Ross pointed out on Twitter, that amounts to thousands of stories a year that won’t be written — and, as Ross added, readers simply won’t know what they’re missing because readers “don’t know what they don’t know.”

“Cuts of any magnitude, in any newsroom, diminish the public’s right to know,” says CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey. “Postmedia readers will, without a doubt, be left in the dark more often as a result of these cuts. Full stop.”

That’s why the Canadian Association of Journalist will be highlighting on Twitter all this week the stories those recently laid-off journalists shared with their readers—something they may never have the opportunity to do again.

The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing more than 600 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

For further information:
Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president, 647-968-2393, [email protected] | |

CORRECTION—Jan. 21, 2016: This release originally included Sherwood Park-Strathcona County News reporter/photographer Megan Voss among those who lost their jobs. Voss remains employed by Postmedia. We regret the error.

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