CBC-employees: blogs & journalistic objectivity / institution & creativity

May 3, 2006

One interesting thing I’ve observed in reading all old CBC lockout blogs and up to date blogs is the commentary about journalism, objectivity and observation. 

During the lockout one journalist writes that he just couldn’t get into the picketing because for his whole journalistic career he’s been trained to be an observer.   So what would it mean for a journalist to start marching in the Labour Day parade?   Those musings are found: 


The radio host from Roots and Wings, Philly Markovitz writes extensively about her support for Jim Loney and the CPT during the abduction:


Finally, this interesting comment from a B.C. CBC TV journalist during the lockout:

“It’s television aimed at the politics of pleasing annual mandate, development and regionalism reports. But BROAD casting, it ain’t. Most of the people working on the program(s) don’t watch. Yet they are the first to defend the ideas and principles of what we are doing. There must be a connection between viewing (listening/reading) and mandate. And we have to get back to that place (in TV, we’ve rarely been there).”

Is there something about the formal environment of institutions like the CBC that makes it difficult or impossible to really take risks with ideas?  Is there something in blogging that helps people break out of those formal ways of thinking?  

I can’t help but draw an analogy here with the experience of theolgians with the church.   It is amazing to me how much the discourse around the CBC among journalists is almost identical to discourse about the church among theolgians.  

Everybody hopes to belong to it to fulfill some kind of broad service and vocation to the public, the past, and the future, but nobody feels that the structure really represents the authentic voice of the people….in both cases the sign of commitment seems to be a lament for a deeper transformation.      



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