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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The future of the Western Standard
This Saturday at the Freedom Fair in Edmonton, Western Standard general manager Kalim Kassam will be making a presentation on “The future of the Western Standard.”
You can read the Western Standard mission statement here, but you’ll want to hear directly from Kassam on the strategy to build Canada’s authoritative online news and opinion source for libertarian and conservative readers.
Kassam will be speaking from 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM.
Kassam is a native of Nairobi, Kenya and and has lived in Vancouver, BC. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH and a student at the University of Toronto studying Cognitive Science and Philosophy. Kassam is a young libertarian activist whose activities have included Vice President of the University of Toronto Laissez-Faire Club and organizer of the inaugural Toronto Liberty Seminar. Kassam lives in Calgary, Alberta and blogs at the Western Standard Shotgun blog.
Here are the details for the Freedom Fair:
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Holiday Inn Express
10010 – 104 Street
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Email Mike Sturko at [email protected] to reserve your seat at this presentation.
Posted by Matthew Johnston on May 13, 2008 | Permalink
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I didn't see the word reporter anywhere in the statement. How will you cover the news without gathering the news?
It sounds an awful lot like you'll be "covering" by aggregating. Considering how often folks here cry foul when they smell a lie, don't you think it'd be good form to be honest and say you're going to be a blog commenting on material from news sources, and not an actual news source yourself?
A Brita tap fixture isn't a water source, it's a water filter. A blog without journalists isn't a news source, it's a news filter, an op-ed site or a link page.
Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-05-14 8:17:49 AM
>"A blog without journalists isn't a news source, it's a news filter, an op-ed site or a link page."
Pattern Recognition | 14-May-08 8:17:49 AM
As if most of the MSM don't get their "news" from hearsay sources, official releases from government sources, or don't just plain make shit up like the Muhammad Al-Dura "killing" or the Green Helmet Guy posed photos or the AP fauxtography scandal.
Keep drinking the Kool Aid, Recog.
Posted by: Speller | 2008-05-14 9:23:22 AM
"As if most of the MSM don't get their "news" from hearsay sources, official releases from government sources, or don't just plain make shit up like the Muhammad Al-Dura "killing" or the Green Helmet Guy posed photos or the AP fauxtography scandal. Keep drinking the Kool Aid, Recog."
Who's reporting from China and Myanmar right now Speller? Bloggers? Twitter Feeds? This isn't a news site, it's an op-ed blog.
Here's the CBC's Michael Cormier reporting from China.
Here's the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reporting from India.
Reporters. With cameras. Microphones. Credentials. Contacts. Sources.
Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-05-14 10:13:42 AM
Armies. With guns. On the streets.
Posted by: set you free | 2008-05-14 10:20:27 AM
You're right, PR. We know that to be relevant we need original news reporting. That's our goal.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-05-14 10:33:24 AM
But, Pattern, you can discover what the WS will be up to by attending the Freedom Fair and listening to Kalim's talk.
Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2008-05-14 7:04:37 PM
If I could make one request: Could we get a real forum attached to these things? It would actually allow for discussion / debate in a more structured manner than it is currently happening,
Posted by: Snowrunner | 2008-05-15 9:13:57 PM
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