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Why Media Sage Jay Rosen Has The Tyee on His New York Radar – TheTyee.ca

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On Oct. 23, news media pros, students, tech innovators and entrepreneurs gathered in Brooklyn for the first day of Hearken’s Engagement Innovation Summit.

Hearken, a company that creates tools for “public-powered journalism,” said those attending shared the goal “of cultivating community and improving democracy through information sharing.”

The stakes were Trump-sized. As the website put it: “With profoundly important elections coming up in the United States and across the world, this gathering had a special track on how innovators are creating engaged elections coverage.”

As the opening session got going, Geoff Dembicki walked onto the stage. He was there to talk about his work covering the climate emergency for The Tyee.

Why was a journalist from British Columbia helping to kick off this summit of U.S. journalists and democracy advocates readying themselves for their nation’s critical national election?

The Tyee had been invited to tell its story by Jay Rosen, the noted New York University professor who closely monitors digital journalism and heads a research initiative called the Membership Puzzle Project.

Membership, because Rosen and others are coming to the conclusion that the future of independent journalism rests on publications that involve their audience as members. Not just members who contribute financial support — though that is crucial — but also members who help inform and frame the publication’s areas of reporting.

Puzzle, because news organizations are still trying to figure out how best to grow and involve their membership — and for many it’s a race to survive.

That’s where The Tyee comes in. For over a decade we’ve invited readers to help pay for special reporting projects, and sometimes advise us where to focus our efforts.

This year, we built on that record when deciding how to cover the federal election. We made a close study of what Rosen calls The Citizen’s Agenda, and incorporated a lot of his ideas.

In mid-May, we asked readers to “Help shape the Tyee’s federal election coverage.” What questions did they think The Tyee should investigate — and put to candidates — during the campaign?

We received 600 responses, which we sifted and refined into 10 potential questions. We then asked readers to vote on their favourites so we could reduce the list to a manageable five issues. This time we received 2,000 responses. The fundraising drive we held at the same time exceeded our target, allowing us to add an additional question.

Our readers’ top question: “Do you agree Canada should be on an emergency footing regarding climate change, and if so what actions will your party take?’”

To read all six of the final questions, see this story’s sidebar. And here is the report we issued on all the stories — about 100 total — we produced during a very busy election season.

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‘Audience-first journalism.’ The Tyee’s Geoff Dembicki (top) joined Jay Rosen in opening the Hearken Engagement Innovation Summit.

So, back to Brooklyn. On stage for that first session, Rosen laid out elements of The Citizen’s Agenda, a concept he proposed in November 2018 on his widely read blog PressThink.

Its principles start with “know who your community is.” Then ask them, he says, “What do you want the candidates to be discussing as they compete for votes?”

If the process is done right, “journalists covering the campaign have what they need to name, frame and synthesize the citizen’s agenda. The product is a ranked list, a priority sketch. The top 8-10 issues or problems that voters most want the candidates to be talking about.”

This was not the first time Rosen had floated the idea. Nor was it the last (here’s a recent twitter thread by Rosen that cites The Tyee.) And his original inspiration was an experiment run by the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina way back in 1992.

But this year Rosen concluded that you — The Tyee’s readers — had participated in a model worth sharing with the new wave of U.S. independent media. That’s why he invited a Tyee rep to present with him at Hearken. (Luckily for us, Dembicki had just moved to Brooklyn.)

Rosen started the session by sharing his Citizen’s Agenda concept with the Hearken crowd.

Then Dembicki explained how British Columbia became home to a long-running independent site for news, ideas and solutions that depends on the financial support of its readers (we call them Tyee Builders) to do top-notch journalism.

How at The Tyee he’d gone from intern to reporter to globally known author of Are We Screwed?, a book on the climate crisis challenge.

And how this autumn Tyee Builders had empowered him to draw on his expertise to write a number of pieces addressing their prime question for the federal election.

Rosen’s prescription had played out very well at The Tyee, Dembicki told the audience, and so they might consider a similar approach. Ask your readers to tell you their coverage priorities. Treat them as members in the effort. And deliver and report back. That’s the formula that Rosen recommends and which The Tyee has put into practice.

By all accounts, attendees of the Engagement Innovation Summit were inspired by what Rosen and Dembicki shared and many intend to follow suit.

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Tyee publisher Jeanette Ageson and Jay Rosen on the streets of Vancouver. ‘A portion of the readership that feels strongly about the Tyee supports it for the others,’ notes the NYU prof.

Rosen was in Vancouver earlier this month and dropped in at The Tyee’s offices where we exchanged updates. He was happy to say the Membership Puzzle Project will continue another year at least. We were happy to say our current drive to add 500 new monthly Builders was on track to succeed.

We asked him: “You watch the important trends in the evolution of journalism. Where do you see The Tyee fitting into a key trend or two, and where do we buck trends?”

“A portion of the readership that feels strongly about the Tyee supports it for the others,” he responded. “That fits into the trend toward membership models in news.”

“At the same time, there is no talk of paywalls, which would not be a good fit within The Tyee’s tradition,” Rosen added. “That bucks the much larger trend toward subscription.” 
We pointed out that “The Tyee is gambling on The Guardian model — one type of membership model, without a paywall. Are we crazy?”
“I don’t think it’s crazy at all,” Rosen said. “But you need fans who are passionate about your site. The site in turn has to be passionate about something big — in your case equity and environment in British Columbia. No ‘view from nowhere’ allowed.”

When Rosen talks of “the view from nowhere,” he’s keying off the thinking of philosopher Thomas Nagel. Self-styled “traditional” news media, he says, claim their carefully cultivated “objective” voice is superior. That non-committal voice simply makes their biases harder to spot and address, he says. The resulting reporting, in trying to appear “balanced,” too often gives equal time and weight to harmful actors and false claims.

Rosen has said the “voice from nowhere” stems from “arrogance born of monopoly” in traditional media.

Breaking down that monopoly is a main reason The Tyee was established in 2003.

Perhaps it’s clear now why we are pleased to be on Rosen’s radar, as we and our members enter an exciting year in which we transform into a non-profit organization.

Rosen predicts that the future belongs to “engagement journalism” that is “audience-first and public-powered.” We could not agree more.

Happy holidays, readers. Our comment threads will be closed until Jan. 2 to give our moderators a break. See you in 2020!  [Tyee]

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August 12, 2022 – Media Release – Winnipeg Police Service – City of Winnipeg

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2022 Winnipeg Police Service Public Opinion Survey

Every two years, a public opinion telephone survey is conducted through an independent agency to ask citizens about their view of the Winnipeg Police Service and their opinions about crime and public safety in Winnipeg. This year, on behalf of the Winnipeg Police Board, interviewers from PRA Inc, an independent market research firm, will randomly call individuals in all areas of Winnipeg beginning August 15th, 2022 to complete the 15 minute survey. 

Citizens can be assured the survey is legitimate. Interviewers will ask for general demographic information (age, gender, postal code), but will never request personal identifiers such as banking information, street address, or Social Insurance Number.

Once complete, the results of the survey will be made public and posted on both the Winnipeg Police Board and Winnipeg Police Service websites.
   
On behalf of the Board, the Winnipeg Police Service thanks all those who take the time to participate in the survey.

“Grandparent Scam” – Arrests: C22-161861

On July 28, 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a public advisory in response to an increase in “grandparent scams” targeting the elderly.
 
Update:
 
The Financial Crimes Unit continued its investigation and identified two female suspects believed to be involved. On July 29, assisted by officers of the East District Community Support Unit, investigators arrested both suspects in the 1100 block of Sommerville Avenue without incident.
 
Investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of Somerville Avenue and located evicence linking the suspects of the offences. During ten days, the suspects defrauded nine seniors for approximately $100,000.
 
Vanessa Fatima ALVES DASILVA, 18, of North York, Ontario, has been charged with the following offences:
 
– Fraud Over $5,000 x 6
– Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
– Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Forgery
– Use a Forged Document
 
Gabriella Edith Marie PARADIS, 25, of Walpole Island, Ontario, has been charged with the following offences:
 
– Fraud Over $5,000 x 2
– Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
– Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
 
The victims and the suspects were not previously known to one another.
 
The Financial Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation.
 
As previously released:
 
The Winnipeg Police Service has recently seen a significant increase in local “grandparent scam” (also known as “emergency scam”) reports – including 15 incidents over the past six days, with about $100,000 in losses.
 
The Financial Crime Unit is investigating these incidents.
 
The “grandparent scam” often involves an actor calling an elderly person and claiming to be a grandchild who is in serious legal trouble and needs money immediately. The caller sometimes cries, and there is often urgency and secrecy around the demands.
 
In October 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a cautionary media release in response to an increase in “grandparent scams” targeting the elderly.
 
This release was followed up in March 2022, when it was discovered that the scam had escalated to the point where couriers or rideshare drivers were physically attending the victim’s residence to collect funds – rather than relying on an online transfer.  
 
An example of the scam, as seen in recent local incidents, occurs as follows:
 
A caller will claim to be a nephew, niece or grandchild – and sometimes provides the first name. They then claim to have been involved in an accident (such as a collision with a vehicle).
 
They then claim to have been arrested and jailed. The phone is passed to another actor who claims to be a lawyer and can come off as very professional.
 
The victim is told that money is needed for bail; otherwise, the family member will continue to be jailed. They are also told that a “gag order” has been put in place by a judge and that they cannot discuss the matter with anyone, including other family members or the bank.
 
Instructions are given to the victim to inform the bank that the money will be used for home repairs or something similar.
 
The victim is given a phone number to call, or the fraudster calls back soon after.
 
Once the money is obtained, the victim is told a bondsperson will attend their home. This fictitious bondsperson will attend the residence and take the cash – completing the scam.
 
There may be additional attempts to retrieve money from the victim over the following days.
 
Warning signs – How to protect yourself:
 
Knowledge is critical when it comes to preventing these frauds.
 
– The police and courts will never send someone to your house to collect money.
 
– The police and courts, including lawyers, will never tell you to lie to the bank about the purpose of obtaining money.
 
– These scammers will pressure people to act quickly before they have time to consider what they are doing or agreeing to. Always talk to a trusted person before providing personal information or funds, especially if it is an unsolicited call.
 
– We urge people to converse with their elderly relatives regarding this fraud.
 
– If you receive a call like this, please contact the police immediately.
 
If you have been victimized by the “grandparent scam”:
 
If you have been a victim of fraud, document all the information you can recall about your fraudulent transaction, e.g. receipts, copies of emails, text messages and courier companies.
 
It is also crucial that you report the fraud – doing so can help you possibly recover any loss, and it helps protect the community from future frauds and scams.
 
Information on how to report the “grandparent scam” can be found here: https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/frauds_scams.stm#report
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Drug Trafficking Investigation – Arrests: C22-118564

Beginning in August 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Guns & Gangs Unit conducted an investigation involving the trafficking of methamphetamine within the City of Winnipeg.

On August 11, 2022, the Guns & Gangs Unit observed four suspects operating a stolen 2014 Cadillac ATS in the 400 block of Marion Street. Officers placed four adults under arrest and seized the following items from the vehicle:

– 53 grams of Methamphetamine (Estimated Street Value = $2,100 to $2,650
– 2 grams of Fentanyl (Estimated Street Value = $360 – $400)
– 2 grams of Cocaine (Estimated Street Value = $160 – $200)
– Digital Scales
– Score Sheets
– Cell Phones

With the assistance of the Tactical Support Team and officers from the East District, the Guns and Gangs Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 300 Block of Marion Street and seized the following items:

–  2.8 grams of Methamphetamine (Estimated Street Value = $112 – $140)
– Unused Packaging Materials
– 12 Guage double barrel shotgun
– Digital Scales
– Score Sheets

Bryden Joel JONASSON, 28, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offences:

– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order x 2
– Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
– Warrant x 2 (RCMP)

He was detained in custody.

A 25-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
– Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
– Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations

She was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

A 25-year-old male from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Operate of a Conveyance While Prohibited by Order Under Criminal Code

He was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

A 35-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
– Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
– Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
– Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x 2

She was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

Weapons – Arrest: C22-181351

On August 11, 2022, at approximately 2:30 p.m., members of the North District Community Support Unit observed an adult male operating a bicycle in breach of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) in the 500 block of Pritchard Avenue.

Officers attempted to stop the male; however he fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, officers arrested the uncooperative male and placed him in custody.

The male was found to be in possession of the following items:

– Loaded Taurus G2C 9 mm Handgun with obliterated serial number
– Magazine containing several rounds
– Drug Paraphernalia
– Approximately $3,200 in currency

A  21-year-old male from Winnipeg has been charged with the following offences:

– Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
– Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
– Tampering with Serial Number of a Firearm
– Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
– Resist Peace Officer

He was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

Weapons – Arrest: C22-181032

On August 11, 2022, at approximately 8:00 a.m., officers from the North District observed a wanted male at the intersection of Andrews Street and Flora Avenue. The adult male suspect was also believed to have a rifle in his possession.

Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect; however, he promptly fled on his bicycle. After a short distance, the strap from the duffle bag he was carrying became entangled in his front bicycle wheel, causing him to crash to the ground when the bicycle abruptly stopped.

Officers safely placed him under arrest on the strength of the Warrant and, as they did so,  observed a sawed-off rifle in plain view protruding from the duffle bag the suspect had been carrying.

Clinton WIRFFEL, 37, of Winnipeg, is charged with the following offences:

– Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
– Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
– Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x 4
– Fail to Comply with Probation Order
– Warrant – Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He has been detained in custody.


Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca

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Why Does Anyone Actually Believe These Social Media Nanny Requirements Are Real? – Forbes

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As we’re now in the middle of August, it means back to school is either right around the corner or perhaps even here. Thus, it isn’t surprising that some parents are now actively looking for a nanny or child care worker – and many have found that social media can be a good place to connect with candidates.

However, this week, a Facebook listing for a nanny was in a word “extreme.” The original poster’s account details were hidden but apparently the demands were way beyond what anyone might reasonably expect from even the most professional nanny.

School is starting again, and that means we once again need a nanny! Please read ALL of these requirements. You need to have a master’s degree or higher so that our 5-yo and 7-yo will be intellectually challenged. (No, your “bachelor of english” doesn’t mean you’re smart! Sorry!) You must be between 24-28 years of age to keep up with the activity level of our kiddos. And please plan to have your own housing, don’t assume you will be staying with us Yes, we have extra room, but the privilege is earned, not assumed. We need you from 7am8:30am and 3:00pm-6:00pm every weekday, and the pay will be $18 daily. Plan to bring “snacks” or other food for the kiddos as our cabinets will be locked during the day while we work. You will also need to bring educational materials such as workbooks as we do not keep anything like this at home. Thanks!

It didn’t take long on Thursday for this to go viral; with many commenting that the job requirements were more than a bit over-the-top. What was also notable was a second post that was just as extreme and perhaps even more nonsensical.

According to the job listing, though a master’s degree wasn’t required, a “Bachelors Degree in Childcare OR 9 years of relevant babysitting experience” was among the criteria. Likewise, this particular parent further demanded, “No tattoos. No drugs. No alcohol. No sketchy social media behavior AND/OR public pictures,” as well as adding, “Ideally will be a Trump fan.”

Many users on social media have questioned what type of person would expect such criteria to be met by any nanny. In fact, if anything it is the reactions that are truly comical.

Real? Unlikely

A search across Facebook, and other sites have failed to find actually who originally posted these job listings – so the authenticity can’t be verified. If real, both still read like pure satire and are likely a comment on the state of the job market, and what the “Karens of America” often expect today.

The first post demands that their children be intellectually challenged, yet it is riddle with grammatical errors. Likewise, the pay of $18 a day is clearly a joke, especially as the would-be candidate is required to bring (and thus pay for) “snacks” for the kiddos. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for child care workers was $13.22 per hour as of May 2021, so clearly few individuals would be willing to work for $3 an hour.

The second post also reads like a parody of an affluent MAGA follower – the type of person who demands a Native English speaker yet will make payment for service under the table.

Now it is true that there are plenty of people who do post what can rightfully be described as “slightly unreasonable” demands while looking for a nanny/babysitter via social media. That is what makes these recent posts perhaps somewhat convincing, but clearly they’re meant to mock those who are looking for cheap help.

Given the state of the world, they were certainly good for a laugh.

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Social media model charged with killing boyfriend in Florida – The Globe and Mail

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Prosecutors in South Florida announced a second-degree murder charge Thursday against social media model Courtney Clenney in connection with the fatal stabbing of her live-in boyfriend.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced the charge against the 26-year-old model during a news conference. Clenney was arrested Wednesday in Hawaii. Fernandez Rundle said Clenney, who goes by the name Courtney Tailor on such platforms as Instagram and OnlyFans, remained jailed in Hawaii while authorities seek her extradition to Florida.

She appeared in a courtroom on Hawaii’s Big Island Thursday, where she waived her right to an extradition hearing and agreed to return to Florida.

Judge Henry Nakamoto ordered her held without bail pending extradition.

Fernandez Rundle characterized Christian Obumseli’s April 3 death at the couple’s Miami apartment as the culmination of a “tempestuous and combative relationship” that began in November 2020. The county medical examiner said in an autopsy report that Obumseli, who worked in cryptocurrency, died from a forceful downward thrust from a blade that went 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) into his chest, piercing a major artery.

According to an arrest report, Clenney acknowledged killing Obumseli but said she acted in self defense. She said Obumseli had pushed her and thrown her to the floor, which prompted her to grab a knife and throw it at Obumseli from about 10 feet (3 meters) away. The medical examiner said Obumseli’s wound could not have been caused by a knife thrown from that distance.

Clenney’s Miami defense lawyer, Frank Prieto, said the medical examiner’s opinions won’t stand up to scientific scrutiny when they argue self-defense at trial. He acknowledged that Clenney and Obumseli had a tumultuous relationship but said Obumseli was the primary aggressor.

“Obumseli was the abuser, the worst kind of abuser,” Prieto said in a statement. “He would manipulate and abuse Courtney in private when he thought nobody was around.”

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