Memo to University Affairs: J-schools failed. Your article can't put a sunny spin on academic incompetance.

Canadian journalists cannot deal with reality.

It doesn't matter if they write or broadcast, or if they work for trades or mainstream publications, reality is something they do not know how to cover because they do not know how to see it.

It is why the profession of journalism collapsed and did as badly in Canada as it did.

Take this rambling article in University Affairs about how journalism schools are struggling:

Journalism programs struggle to adapt to changing times

As news media navigate a time of unparalleled disruption, training the next generation of journalists has never been more of a challenge.

They have more than struggled: they have utterly failed.

But no Canadian journalism story can function without trying to put a positive spin on failure or tragedy. It is cowardly and deceptive, but that's the Canadian journalism way.

The article tries desperately to find the silver lining in tornado clouds the destroyed an entire profession -- nor does it bother to consider how j-schools contributed to journalism's collapse. They never made the changes in structure. It never took the Internet's liberation from gate-keepers into consideration.

It never brought discipline into the profession. It never conducted studies to help it along. What is being cheered on in the piece is mere window-dressing, and the hypothesis that bashing Trump is going to save journalism is, quite frankly, ignorant.


Ask the New York Daily News how well that strategy worked for them.

No one in Canadian journalism has the ovaries to admit that the calvary have better things to do than rescue a group of bumbling villains from themselves. University Affairs should get rid of those rose-coloured glasses and deal with reality because their ignorance of the depth of seriousness is shocking...