The think tankers here at Falling Downs have long held that most PostMedia content is the product of unpaid interns working feverishly out of a Burlington Timmies; working feverishly but working for free, just to get a few more lines on their resumes, so that when the time comes they can score one of those imaginary paying jobs in the modern media world.
I think they're even more out of luck than we suspected.
We were perusing the Google news aggregator this afternoon when we chanced upon this story at the Edmonton Journal.
When you click on the story, you get a press release from CNW Group, a Cision Company. Yup, you see "Edmonton Journal" in the hot bar but you've got a press release from a private PR company in front of your eyes.
Hmmm.... look around a bit more and you'll soon discover that the Edmonton Journal story cum CNW press release is actually this press release from the Government of Canada!
Now, does that mean CNW, a Cision Company, actually wrote the Government's press release?
I'd guess yes.
But the other thing we must note is that those unpaid interns weren't even allowed to change a single word before it found the light of day under a PostMedia title!
It's bad enough that the pirates who hijacked Postmedia have been shitting on their professional journos for six years, but denying the legions of unpaid interns the opportunity to tweak a press release goes beyond the pale. I mean, they're working for free already!... give them a little something to put on their resumes!
Meanwhile, guess who's NOT working for free?
If you guessed that cabal of money-grubbers around PostMaster Godfrey, you'd be right!