Volume 95, Issue 51

Friday, November 30, 2001
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MacIntyre discusses the 5th Estate

By Uroos Rizvi
Gazette Staff

One of Canada's foremost investigative reporters was the guest speaker last night as the graduate school of journalism hosted their annual Clissold Lecture.

Sharing his insights was Linden MacIntyre, host of the CBC's The Fifth Estate.

MacIntyre has been involved in producing documentaries and features across the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and Central America.

He was also part of the team that produced "Steven Truscott: His Word against History" and won the Canadian Association of Journalists' award for the best investigative report of 2000.

MacIntyre speech was entitled "What Lies Beneath: Journalism in the Mega-Media Age." He discussed the issues faced by journalists today and the importance of individual ethics required in journalism.

"Journalism is a marriage between truth and justice," MacIntyre said, discussing the responsibilities of journalists to provide information to the public in the most truthful way.

He spoke about journalism being the spiritual health of society and the role of journalists to serve a public function.

"All stories should be true and balanced," MacIntyre said, emphasizing journalists should present all sides of a given story.

"It is really necessary to get close to your subject to get close to the truth," he said. MacIntyre said the mass media exists to provide free exchange for the public to ask politicians to explain themselves.

MacIntyre also talked about the changing rules of media.

"[There is now] a wall between the public and its public servants," MacIntyre said.

The mass media is no longer just a public service, he added.

"News rooms are now profit centres," MacIntyre said, noting corporate institutions often try to control mass opinion in the current climate of convergence.

"There is a lot to think about with convergence, balancing ethics and still realizing it's still a business," said Adriane Lam, a masters journalism student.

"I heard [MacIntyre] at the Canadian Association of Journalists convention and I thought he would be a great inspiration for journalism students and [media, information and technoculture] students" said Wendie Crouch, the event's organizer.

The lecture is named in memory of Edward Clissold, a pioneer in the area of news and journalism in London. Clissold retired in 1910 from the London Advertiser after working as an editor for 33 years.

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