“A blast of fresh air through the stale, half-empty corridors of Canadian journalism.”–Ronald Wright
An urgent, necessary look at why Canada’s media is dying—and how we can save it.
Canada’s media companies are melting faster than the polar ice caps, and in No News Is Bad News, Ian Gill chronicles their decline in a biting, in-depth analysis. He travels to an international journalism festival in Italy, visits the Guardian in London, and speaks to editors, reporters, entrepreneurs, investors, non-profit leaders, and news consumers from around the world to find out what’s gone wrong. Along the way he discovers that corporate concentration and clumsy adaptations to the digital age have left Canadians with a gaping hole in our public square. And yet, from the smoking ruins of Canada’s news industry, Gill sees glimmers of hope, and brings them to life with sharp prose and trenchant insights.
"Ian Gill has done a timely investigation into what ails journalism and what can be done about it. His provocative proposals will contribute to the conversation Canadians need to have about the role journalism plays in our democracy." ——Madelaine Drohan, Canada correspondent, The Economist
"No New Is Bad News is a blast of fresh air through the stale, half-empty corridors of Canadian journalism. With passion and caustic wit, Ian Gill wakes us from the corporate sleepwalk." ——Ronald Wright, author ofThe Gold Eaters
"swiftly, surgically, with good humor and formidable research, veteran journalist Ian Gill offers a comprehensive diagnosis of what ails Canadian journalism, and a timely, workable solution for reinvigorating it." ——John Vaillant, author ofThe Jaguar’s Children
"Ian Gill cuts to the heart of an issue that Canadians seem almost paralyzed to confront. Our media our failing all of us, but especially those whose voices at our country’s margins. We are fortunate to have a pamphleteer who holds a mirror up to our complacency, and demands much, much more." ——Wade Davis, author ofThe Wayfinders