Wade Oosterman, president of Bell Media, said in a letter out Monday that any allegations management breached its journalistic independence policy in covering the Lisa LaFlamme story are “outrageous.”
“Just as the termination of Lisa LaFlamme’s contract had nothing to do with age, gender or grey hair, I can categorically confirm that no actions were taken which violate journalistic independence policy.”
Oosterman’s comments are addressed to human rights lawyer Paul Champ, who submitted a letter to the company on behalf of a “large number” of CTV News journalists who raised concerns about the circumstances around LaFlamme’s firing and whether they were related to her appearance.
The unnamed CTV News journalists said they believe LaFlamme’s firing was based “more on personal malice than any business-related reasons,” and worry that her age may have been a prejudicial factor.
“Her dismissal appears to be an egregious act of revenge, tainted by ageism, sexism and misogyny at the hands of a male boss,” they said in the letter.
The journalists also said they lack confidence in Michael Melling, who was vice-president of CTV News before Bell Media placed him on leave pending a workplace review.
Bell Media executive Michael Melling taking leave after Lisa LaFlamme’s departure
Since the letter was sent on Aug. 22, reports have also surfaced about concerns on how CTV News has covered the LaFlamme story.
Oosterman said Bell has a journalistic independence policy as a safeguard for unbiased news coverage, which leaves editorial decisions in the hands of the vice-president responsible for CTV News and keeps it outside the control of other executives at the Bell conglomerate.
He urged the unnamed CTV News journalists to raise their concerns directly with him, and to participate in the workplace review being conducted by a third party.
The journalists said in their letter that along with morale being low since Melling took on the role of vice-president of CTV News eight months ago, professional retaliation has also become a significant risk so it was necessary to shield their identities.
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NBA media days – The best quotes from around the league as teams kick off the 2022-23 season – ESPN
NBA training camps and the 2022-23 season are right around the corner, and players and coaches are set to preview their team’s upcoming campaigns with their respective media days this week.
For some teams, this year’s media day will be the first introduction of some of their big offseason additions. These include the Atlanta Hawks‘ new shooting guard Dejounte Murray, the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ new shooting guard Donovan Mitchell and the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ new center Rudy Gobert. Each of which will meet with reporters for the first time as a member of their new respective squads.
This year’s rookie class will also make their NBA media day debuts. First overall pick Paolo Banchero will get some facetime with Orlando Magic beat reporters fresh off his Summer League performance as he prepares for his first NBA training camp.
Then there are some veteran teams that will have some serious questions and concerns to address heading into the season. The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, who bear the pressure of being serious win-now contenders this year, got plenty of the media’s attention last year for all the wrong reasons.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will have to answer for their spree of off-the-court distractions and offseason of near departures in their first media appearances since their first-round playoff exit last season.
Here’s what players are talking about as media days kick off across the league:
Giannis says Steph is ‘the best player in the world’
For Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the debate about the best player in the NBA is simple.
He doesn’t consider himself the current best player in the league because his team fell short of winning the championship last season. So, he was ready to cede that accolade to Warriors star Stephen Curry instead.
“I think the best player in the world is the person that is the last man standing,” Antetokounmpo said Sunday afternoon at Bucks media day. “It’s the person that takes his team to the Finals, the finish line and helps them win the game. … that’s how I view it. I believe the best player in the world is Steph Curry.”
Antetokounmpo, who was named the No.1 player on ESPN’s NBArank, acknowledged that he is one of the best players in the league and could have made the claim for the top spot after the Bucks won the 2021 NBA Finals. But after Milwaukee lost in the second round of the playoffs last season in a seven-game series against the Boston Celtics, he fell short of the claim.
Antetokounmpo also finished third in the voting for NBA MVP after averaging 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists last season, but he pointed out how individual awards failed in comparison to the thrill of winning the NBA Finals.
“The feeling I felt, it was a nice feeling,” he said. “I got jealous of Golden State, seeing them in the parade and the ESPYs. You know that feeling now. You know what is getting stripped away from you.”
— Jamal Collier
Can the Warriors run it back? ‘They want to experience that again’
Following their 2021-22 NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors repeated several times that this title felt different because of their journey through the hardships of the past three seasons. Their fourth championship in eight years was a statement: The dynasty wasn’t over.
Now, the champs are prepared to prove themselves all over again.
“I don’t think it’s the same chip [on our shoulders]. I’d be lying to you if I told you it was. But there are chips. There are chips. There’s no shortage of chips, I can tell you that,” Draymond Green said Sunday. “It may not be quite, ‘Oh, man, people don’t think we can do it again.’ That opinion is as far from relevant as it can possibly be.”
Added Steph Curry: “It’d be dumb to try to naysay us and actually think people are going to take you seriously. But we also know a lot goes into winning a championship and it’s not a guarantee every year, no matter how much of a chip on our shoulder we have. You just kind of embrace the work and the motivation.”
The Warriors feel they still have plenty to motivate them: For the first time in three seasons, they are starting the season fully healthy. They want to show their 2022 title wasn’t a fluke. Perhaps most importantly, their star core knows its championship window won’t remain open forever.
“I mean, the guys coming back who have won it for the first time, I just know they want to experience that again,” Klay Thompson said. “And, I mean, for me personally, and probably Steph and Andre [Iguodala] and Draymond, you think of the players who have won five championships, it’s such a short list. And to have the opportunity, just the opportunity, to be able to do that is so special.”
— Kendra Andrews
Can Murray and Trae take the Hawks to the next level?
The Hawks are hoping that pairing Murray with their franchise point guard Trae Young can push their backcourt to a championship level. Murray, coming from the San Antonio Spurs, will be playing a major role on a postseason contender for the first time since 2019 when the Spurs made a first-round exit.
Murray and Young know their chemistry will be key to Atlanta’s success, and Murray weighed in a bit about what the team’s approach will look like when he’s on the floor.
“You’re gonna see the ball moving. I think that’s the No. 1 thing — playing the right way. A lot of excitement, playing defense, and like I always said, I love defense and I believe the best offense is getting a stop and getting out and running,” Murray told reporters.
“I’m just excited. We’ve got a lot of weapons around us, dudes that can do a bunch of things. It starts on the defensive end and it will translate to the offensive end, and it will be exciting.”
Porzingis is motivated by his NBArank fall
The Wizards are coming off their fourth straight losing season, but the trade for Kristaps Porzingis at last year’s trade deadline at least gave the franchise a potential franchise piece to build around going forward. Porzingis was on a statistical decline the last few years ever since tearing his in 2018. But had a productive 17-game stint with Washington at the end of last season, in which he averaged 22.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists, which were reminiscent of his lone All-Star season in 2017-18.
Porzingis came in at No. 86 in this year’s ESPN NBArank, which was his lowest since his rookie season in 2015, and admits that he is using the ranking as motivation this year.
“Especially this year, I’m coming in with a chip on my shoulder because of the ESPN rank.” Porzingis told reporters. “I use it as gasoline, as energy. I’m looking forward to reminding everybody what I can do on both ends of the floor.”
Media Availability: Ministers Hogan and Loveless Available to Media to Provide Update Following Hurricane Fiona – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Honourable John Hogan, KC, Minister of Justice and Public Safety, and the Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, will be available to media today (Sunday, September 25) at 2:00 p.m. to discuss response to the impacts of Hurricane Fiona.
The availability will be held in St. John’s at the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, 45 Major’s Path.
The availability will be streamed live on Facebook.
Media planning to participate must register by contacting Lesley Clarke (email@example.com).
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How Every Leader No Matter The Industry Can Adopt Social Media – Forbes
The world is quickly replacing paper with digital documents, cash with digital wallets, and social media is becoming the norm for connection worldwide. One of the most noticeable changes is the ability of individuals to make money online by leveraging social media to build a loyal community. You can’t go on social media without running into content or an ad from an online entrepreneur or influencer with a product or service.
While many businesses have been quick to jump on this trend, some industries are still playing catch up. However, with more and more transactions occurring online in today’s society, there is no denying that everyone needs a digital footprint – even with older and “more traditional” businesses.
Alec Hanson, senior vice-president of the west division for loanDepot, a twenty-year veteran of the mortgage industry, is looking to help the industry adapt to the world of doing business through social media. He has always understood the importance of building relationships, whether by attending open houses or other business events. Today he sees the potential of doing even more through social media.
Adapting To The Times
Alec has always been passionate about helping people with home financing. As a mortgage loan officer and now as a Senior Vice President at loanDepot with 115 branch locations under his leadership, he knows what it takes to find success in the industry. For a mortgage loan officer, the day-to-day work may look like phone calls, e-mails, and making sure people sign on the dotted line. But the reality is, that’s only a small part of the equation.
Meeting people and building relationships is key. While technology is making paperwork easier, Hanson is more excited about the ability to build relationships through social media. “It used to be that the mortgage and real estate industry was a belly-to-belly sport and while that’s still true, being belly-to-belly digitally now matters just as much.” Hanson believes the industry’s ability to use social media to build a personal brand and connect with clients will be crucial to future success. “Connecting with people has never been easier. We just have to use the tools we have.”
Easy as 1,2,3
In his time as a loan officer, Alec was recognized as a top 1% originator every year for eight years straight. When he moved into leadership, he quickly became known as an industry leader, now serving the west division of loanDepot spanning over 12 states. He credits his success to many factors, but can’t ignore the positive effect that his commitment to social media has granted. “With social media, not only can I work with my team that is all over the country, but I can connect to potential new business partners, recruits, and industry leaders as well.”
Although he believes the easiest way to build his business is through creating content on platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook, he recognizes that a big hurdle is that people don’t know how to use social media. One of the biggest questions mortgage professionals have is knowing what they should share. “There’s an audience for everyone. Be yourself and connect to clients and partners that connect with your personality and passions.”
The second problem he sees is that people are concerned with the wrong things. “You don’t need to go viral – just be consistent. If your one video only gets 200 views – that’s more than you would get at one open house. It’s easy, just trust the process.”
Business Is Built On Relationships
Despite his passion for driving the industry to use social media, Hanson is actually not a super fan of social media platforms. “I think it creates a lot of issues, such as people chasing likes, forgetting how to interact, and portraying a perfect life. That can be toxic.” Despite his love-hate relationship, he does see it as a major advantage in his field. “In the old days, I would drive house to house to meet people. Now, I can have a video call with someone across the country or share a video with thousands in just a few minutes.”
More importantly to Hanson, he can connect and build relationships with people he can’t meet face-to-face. By leveraging direct messages, comments, and other social features, Alec has been able to form solid business relationships. While there are certainly some negatives to social media, Hanson believes it is the key to building relationships as we move into an ever-evolving world of digital communication.
Staying On The Move
As Alec pushes forward with his expanding business, he stays busy, focused, and on top of the trends. He is on a mission to help his industry “catch up” by establishing a recognizable social media presence. Alec wants to continue to empower his team to deliver the American dream of home ownership, and he is determined to help other mortgage professionals grow their businesses by building their online presence.
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