Media Beat: October 04, 2019

By David Farrell

Doug Ford’s arts-council cuts put magazines at risk

Provincial cuts to the Ontario Arts Council will leave small magazines struggling to pay writers and illustrators, silencing important minority and marginalized voices and putting the magazines’ survival in jeopardy, New Democrat MPP Jill Andrew says.

The arts council lost $10 million in funding in the spring budget and has been forced to make cuts of its own, including its “publishing organization project” that provided maximum grants of $10,000 to Ontario-based magazine and book publishers. – Rob Ferguson, The Star

Journalism group launches anti-fake news campaign ahead of election

A Canadian media non-profit is launching a campaign against fake news after recent polling found Canadians are regularly exposed to misinformation but don't always have the knowledge to combat it.


The Canadian Journalism Foundation's "Doubt It?" campaign aims to be an engaging collection of online quizzes and public service announcements from Canadian media personalities such as retired CBC host Peter Mansbridge. – Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press

How do you regulate Big Tech in the digital age? The four main political parties offer their views

Social media has become the battlefield for politicians in the upcoming October federal election.

The Liberals are leading in Facebook ad spending, followed by the Conservatives as the two parties try to woo voters in the digital age. According to estimates from Facebook’s ad library, the Facebook pages of the Liberal Party of Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent $454,179 in the last 30 days.

The Conservative party page and leader Andrew Scheer’s page racked up $285,031 in ad spending. The NDP spent $99,846.

Here’s the irony: The very platforms the main political parties hope to regulate are the ones they are dependent on in getting their message out. – Tony Wong, The Star

Dale Patterson publishes new book: Close, But No Cigar

Close But No Cigar, Runnerups, Nearly-Weres and Also Rans, is Dale Patterson's third book. His first was What Time of Day Was That? History by The Minute in 2001, pinpointing the time of day events took place in history. That was followed in 2013 by Fifteen Minutes of Fame: History's One-Hit Wonders, a look at those who were very famous for a very short time.


Patterson worked for 35 years as a reporter and editor for The Canadian Press news agency in Toronto. Since 1996, he has published the website Rock Radio Scrapbook, focusing on the history of Top 40 radio in Canada and the U.S. He was also the founder of the SOWNY Board and is and is the PD/MD at oldies non-hits Oh Wow Radio on Live 365.

With Facebook's coming news tab, only some will get paid

Facebook Inc. is planning to pay only a minority of publishers whose headlines will be featured in its coming news section, according to people familiar with the matter.

The specialized news section—which will appear on the toolbar at the bottom of Facebook’s mobile app—is set to launch as early as the end of October and will include links to stories from about 200 publications, the people said.

A person familiar with the matter said Facebook had never planned to pay all the news outlets whose content it would link to in its news section. – Sahil Patel & Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ

– Sources for today’s column include the SOWNY Board, Kerry Doole, and Google.


Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services
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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services

There's a more explicit Biggie verse in the vault, according to the NBA legend.

Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

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