A little applause, please

Two bits of positive media news today on the heels of yesterday’s disconcerting announcement by the union representing workers at the Toronto Star that the newspaper will soon outsource most of what’s left of its classified advertising department to a firm in Buffalo, N.Y.

First, CTV backtracked on an earlier decision (or was all this mere strategy?) to close A-Channel’s Windsor station, saying it would apply to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for permission to convert Wingham’s A-Channel station to a rebroadcaster for its London station. As for CTV’s Brandon, Man., outlet, the network will continue to seek a buyer.

Second, congrats are in order for magazine-stream students and faculty at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, where the Ryerson Review of Journalism has won six awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC). See the details from J-Source.ca here. The awards are testament to the strong leadership and teaching of Ryerson faculty members (and former colleagues) such as Bill Reynolds, Lynn Cunningham and Tim Falconer.

To brighten the day, I took in a short performance at London’s Covent Garden Market during the noon hour by the cast of Stomp.

[quicktime]http://www.larrycornies.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/StompWS.mov[/quicktime]Stomp plays at London’s Grand Theatre through Sunday. Tickets are available at several outlets, including the John Labatt Centre.

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