All posts by Kerry Knudsen

Publisher, two national trade magazines in Canada Former editor, trade, consumer and association magazines in U.S. and Canada Reporter and columnist, daily and weekly newspapers in U.S. MSJ, William Allen White School Journalism and Mass Communications University of Kansas Graduate work in historical linguistics and generative/transformational grammar, University of Iowa.

Armageddon

Oh, let’s just call this one Armageddon, and let’s start with the CBC. CBC, of course, is our government-funded (but no influence … promise) news media.

According to a June 6 story by CBC, they have identified the house where Toronto’s embattled Mayor, Rob Ford, allegedly smoked crack. According to CBC, their reporter, Trevor Dunn, spoke to a man who lived across the street. The reporter apparently forgot to ask the man his name, but he got a quote: Continue reading Armageddon

Government Financing

There is a dark side to marketing, and we all know it. Like other temptations, some marketing scams lure people with great promises that later become unrealized dreams and then disaster. To use a local example, let’s look at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

In 2008, I financed a purchase of shares with a loan from BDC. The prospectus supporting the application lined out the parent company as a reader-driven publishing company that would abide by known professional standards, not as a matter of ethics, but as a matter of business. Continue reading Government Financing