Journalism in the era of media monopolies 

The 6th annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival produced by the Vicious Circle is Whistler’s premier literary celebration and a key fixture in the resort’s growing cultural calendar, taking place Sept. 14th through 16th. The festival has something for everyone including opportunities for good discussion, chances to meet some of Canada’s brightest literary talents and he ar them read and perform their work, and if you’re a writer or a prospective writer, this is the place to kick-start or re-ignite your efforts. The countdown to the festival began last week when we started a series of articles written by members of Whistler’s own writing community, The Vicious Circle. This week we have a topical article by one of our own real activists. Our second writer, Pina Belperio enjoys researching and writing non-fiction and journalism articles. She is a freelance writer, community activist and co-founder of Whistler Watch. Her writing has appeared in Pique Newsmagazine, the Whistler Question and the Georgia Straight. Her article “Hands Off Our Crap,” which recaps Whistler’s P3 fight in 2006 to maintain its sewage system in public hands was recently published in Canada’s long-standing environmental magazine, Alternatives. Pina will be moderating a workshop on Citizen Journalism: the Role of the Writer in a Political World with Michael Tippett, founder of on Saturday, Sept. 16th at Millennium Place. To register, please contact Stella Harvey at 604-932-4518 or .

The festival is brought to you by the letter W, the number 15, and the funding support of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Community Foundation of Whistler and the B.C. Arts Council.



Journalism in the era of media monopolies


These days, political literacy is more than just knowing you’re A, B, Cs. It's about navigating through vast media repositories, deciphering framed messages and being able to critically assess the information you're given. The rise of the Internet, combined with new media and affordable technology has placed powerful tools in the hands of the average person, giving rise to one of the hottest buzzwords in news today, Citizen Journalism — news and commentary provided from the public at large. There is nothing to stop amateur reporters from having a direct say in the way that news is reported and disseminated. All you need is a computer, a cell phone and a link to YouTube.

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