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Robyn Doolittle gets autotuned along with Rob Ford

Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle plays a pretty big role in "Ford Nation," a video by Anonymotif that autotunes Rob Ford, whom she has covered extensively. "It's not a big deal," Doolittle said in a phone interview Friday about seeing the video, but "I did cringe a little."
"As a reporter, you try to just stick with facts," she said, and she usually tries not to offer her opinions. Those opinions, however, were pulled out from two much longer interviews, where Doolittle said she was careful to give nuanced answers on Ford and his future.

The results?

Yeah, autotune.

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Custom camera-mounted device lets Toronto Star photographers file direct to live blog

The Canadian Journalism Project It's hard to file photos from Toronto's Air Canada Centre, Toronto Star visuals editor Taras Slawnych tells Mark Taylor: "There are lights around the arena and every time these neon lights and billboard signs go on it creates a lot of interference. Traditional ways of submitting with a WiFi card or some other way just didn’t work." So the Star built its own device, called AWAC -- for "Automated Web Access Coupling." It sits "on the hot shoe mount," Slawnych says, and "basically provides the Internet connection, the routing of it, and then sends the picture to an FTP site. There’s a (HTML) script here that handles it and then there’s another script that sends it to a ScribbleLive blog and the (Toronto Star) archive at the same time." Slawnych says he's not sure whether the Star will patent the device -- other reporters "are trying to figure out what the hell we’re doing," he says -- but did allow that it was 3-D printed and that the Star has spent about $2,500 developing it. The device solves a workflow problem other technical solutions to filing in the field don't, Slawnych says:
Traditional wire agencies have a whole bunch of things to do this as well. The problem is the traditional workflow. Let’s say it’s a wire photographer shooting the game like we did. He sends the picture, and he’s probably sending it just as fast as we are. The picture then goes to headquarters and is then put on the wires. There’s probably a minute delay, maybe 30 seconds even. The picture is then sent out to an FTP to newspapers around the world. Then you’ve got a processor from your archive that is picking up these shots every 30 seconds, every minute. To put that picture online, you have to publish that picture onto your pagination system and wait for it to appear there. That’s probably another 30 seconds and then you have to move it onto your online Content Management System, which is probably minimum 30 seconds. And that’s if everyone is watching everything and has the time to do that. So that’s at least two, three minutes if every step worked out perfectly, which I doubt because there’s going to be other pictures moving on the wire. The editor that’s pulling that picture might not be paying attention because he’s doing other stuff at the same time. Our picture, without anyone having to touch it here, is on our blog within 45 seconds.
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Toronto Star gets another couple engaged

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Ben Rogul is the lucky bloke who got to propose marriage with the help of the Toronto Star. Rogul proposed to Emma Grosberg via the Toronto Star's website Friday: Grosberg said yes! So here's what we know about the happy couple:
  • They appeared in a student production of "Les Miz"
  • Last year on this date, Rogul "made her a bouquet of roses out of bacon."
Last year Mario Britz proposed to Lynette (Qian) Gao via the Star's printed front page. Poynter's attempts to check in with Britz have been so far unsuccessful.
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Toronto Star helps propose marriage

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Someone's getting a Valentine's Day proposal in Toronto on Friday, and the Toronto Star is helping out.

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Reporter Robyn Doolittle gets angry emails after dressing up for photo shoot

When the Toronto Star's Robyn Doolittle woke up this morning, 10 angry e-mails were waiting. They weren't about her solid and dogged coverage of Toronto's mayor, Rob Ford. They weren't about her new book, "Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story," which came out Monday. They were about a fashion shoot. Here's the photo. (more...)
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On Halloween, Rob Ford pushed a photographer off his property. (AP Photo/, Nathan Denette)

Rob Ford and the media: Four lessons from 2013

On Halloween, staff at the Toronto Star watched as the city’s chief of police confirmed what the paper itself had been reporting for six months: Rob Ford, the city’s mayor, smoked crack. And there was a video to prove it.… Read more

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends an Executive Committee meeting at city hall in Toronto on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.  Ford met with his executive committee for the first time since allegations of Ford's videotaped drug use surfaced earlier this month. Ford has denied the drug-use allegations, making a statement late last week after six members of his executive committee urged him to publicly address the allegations following a week of mostly silence on the issue. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Rob Ford apologizes to reporter again: ‘I wholly retract my statements’

The Toronto Star The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale will not pursue a libel lawsuit against Toronto's mayor, Rob Ford, the Star reported Wednesday, after Ford issued "a second, more complete, public apology." Ford had implied Dale was a pedophile; Dale rejected an earlier apology in which Ford blamed the media for ascribing to him a "word I did not say." The new apology, by contrast, includes pretty much full retractions of everything Ford has said about Dale so far, and words he implied.
Finally there was absolutely no basis for the statement I made about Mr. Dale taking pictures of children, or for any insinuations I made. I should not have said what I did and I wholly retract my statements and apologize to Mr. Dale without reservation for what I said. I sincerely hope that Mr. Dale will accept my personal apology for my comments and all harm my words may have caused him.
Dale tweeted about the apology Wednesday night.     Dale also planned to pursue a libel case against Zoomer Media, which aired the interview where Ford reasserted complaints about Dale. On Wednesday night, Zoomer media also issued a full apology. https://twitter.com/timalamenciak/status/413508522207232000 https://twitter.com/timalamenciak/status/413508657867812864 https://twitter.com/timalamenciak/status/413508734749388801 Later, Dale tweeted that he wouldn't be pursuing a suit against Zoomer Media, either. https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/413511995137474560
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Rob Ford’s apology ‘didn’t come close,’ reporter says

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Daniel Dale, the Toronto Star's acting city hall bureau chief, isn't accepting Mayor Rob Ford's apology. On Tuesday, Ford apologized in a council meeting for insinuating that Dale is a pedophile, but Dale said the apology wasn't what he'd asked for, and he would go ahead with his defamation lawsuit against the mayor.

The Star's Betsy Powell wrote about the latest.
On Tuesday, Ford blamed media outlets for putting words in his mouth. “It is unfortunate that the word I did not say has been ascribed to me by the media but I wish to sincerely apologize … to Mr. Dale if my actual words have caused him any harm or personal offence.”


In Powell's story, Dale talks about why he'll pursue the lawsuit, and he did so on Twitter Tuesday, too. (more...)
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Toronto Star reporter serves Rob Ford with libel notice

Toronto Star | Huffington Post Canada | Yahoo News Canada "On Thursday I served Rob Ford with a libel notice, the first step in the process of pursuing a defamation lawsuit," Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale wrote in an article Thursday, explaining why he'd chosen to take legal action against Toronto's controversial mayor.
As my libel notice says, I’m asking Ford to immediately retract the false insinuation that I am a pedophile and all of his false statements about my conduct on May 2, 2012. I’m also asking Ford and Vision owner ZoomerMedia to apologize immediately “publicly, abjectly, unreservedly and completely.” If Ford does not do so, we’ll see if he is willing to repeat his lies under penalty of perjury.
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Toronto Star reporter pushes back at Ford’s ‘vile’ suggestion

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Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale pushed back Wednesday against repeated suggestions from Toronto's mayor Rob Ford that Dale is a pedophile.
"He tried to get me arrested, to destroy my career; I decided to correct him gently, deferentially.

Not any more. Not 19 months later. Rob Ford is lying about me, he knows it, and it’s vile."
Ford's latest comment came from an interview with Conrad Black that aired Monday night in Canada. The Star's Robin Doolittle wrote about the interview Tuesday, in which Ford also accused Toronto's chief of police of going after Ford for retribution.
Ford also implied Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale was a pedophile for what Ford described as taking pictures outside the mayor’s Etobicoke house. “Daniel Dale is in my backyard taking pictures. I have little kids,” Ford told Black on a taped interview that aired on Vision TV Monday night. “He’s taking pictures of little kids. I don’t want to say that word but you start thinking what this guy is all about.”
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