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Tanner Aulie almost lost his internship from an inappropriate tweet. Your future boss might see your Facebook or Twitter page.

Tanner Aulie, a University of Regina School of Journalism student knows all too well the negative effects that social media can have on your future.

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“Shining a Light in Dark Corners: Why Good Journalism Matters.” 

Presentation by Jason Warick, followed by a casual social.

Presented by the University of Regina School of Journalism and the U of R Alumni Association

Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Regina German Club (Downstairs) 1727 St John St.

Free admission, light snack buffet, and cash bar

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What do cats, music videos and Stephen Harper have in common? They all can now be found on YouTube. On Jan. 9, Harper debuted a weekly web series called 24/7 which will recap the PM’s activities throughout the week.


In the view of Murray Mandryk, political columnist for the Regina Leader-Post, having news from a public official bypass the ‘media filter’ runs the risk of the story becoming propaganda.


While some might see a YouTube channel as a step towards openness for the famously close-mouthed prime minister, Mandryk disagrees. “It’s quite the opposite. They‘re basically only being open and transparent about what makes them look good. And that is propaganda… and propaganda always works,” he said.


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Long-time newspaper columnist Bruce Johnstone says the print news industry screwed up.


Data recently released by Statistics Canada reports Canadian newspaper publishers have seen revenue declines of $1.5 million from 2010-2012, with the largest declines reported in Western Canada and Ontario.


Two national media announced on Jan. 14 a combined total of 68 layoffs: 18 employees face impending layoffs at the Globe and Mail and at least 50 employees face layoffs at Postmedia Network Inc., a multi-newspaper chain that includes the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen and the Leader-Post, among others.


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 Social media websites, such as Facebook, were not around when the Privacy Act was enacted and so are not protected. Photo by Tanner AulieSome things like houses can comfortably last 30 years. Other things are like your 1991 Saturn and could use an update. It has been over 30 years since the Federal Privacy Act was enacted and due to the vastly different methods in which information is stored and transmitted, experts agree it could stand to be updated.


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