Make N.A. Natives Visible

On my Twitter feed today, I discovered Christine Genier resigned from her Yukon Morning radio show-host position after delivering a few choice words concerning the CBC’s journalistic standards. The standards made it difficult for her to speak as an Indigenous woman. The standard requires reporters not to give their personal opinions: this part I understand.

Why does the CBC fail to actively encourage their thoughtful reporters to share first-hand experiences and what they have personally observed (with provisos that teach people to reflect on perceptions of what they see and hear?

That is not an opinion. That is experience joining the conversation.

“Opinion” is a generalized view or judgement, something not even an intelligence analyst does. What we do is analyze data – far beyond collating – utilizing an array of analytical techniques, present the patterns observed, and make recommendations. Most importantly, we look at the reliability, validity, the source, and other factors for each piece of data and rate them on a scale of probability.

News is news, and it gets cranked out on an ongoing basis. Speed in delivering the product is much of the news media mantra. Not able to analyze for the viewer/listener, it would be prudent to add their experiences, to expect responses, to engender actual conversation, and eventually a communion of minds.

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