Online and Digital Media News In Brief

Marc and Craig Kielburger

Canadaland has been served a Notice of Libel by WE Charity, following an article and podcast last month alleging that WE is promoting products made by children. Formerly known as Free The Children, WE is a worldwide development charity and youth empowerment movement founded in 1995 by human rights advocates Marc and Craig Kielburger. Canadaland’s coverage entitled “Craig Kielburger founded WE to fight child labour. Now the WE brand promotes products made by children”, delves into the charity’s partnerships with Hershey, Unilever, and Kellogg’s (the latter a partnership WE denies) – companies known to use child labour in their supply chains. Canadaland cites former employees of the charity among its sources, who the crowd-funded news site says approached it after raising ethical concerns internally. Canadaland says it was also provided with internal supporting documents to back up the allegations. WE’s notice of libel, among other things, alleges Canadaland manufactured evidence, altered documents without disclosing the alteration, and made reckless use of unnamed sources. Read more here.

Ted Chung and Snoop Dogg

VICE Canada has launched new media series Sticky, the definitive guide to legal cannabis in Canada, in partnership with MERRY JANE – the cannabis-focused digital media platform launched by rapper Snoop Dogg in 2015, with media entrepreneur Ted Chung. MERRY JANE features editorial content on the business and politics of the cannabis industry, original video series as well as a database for identifying cannabis strains and dispensaries. Sticky will offer curated and collaborative content from across the VICE and MERRY JANE networks, covering everything from cannabusiness to strain explainers to the best way to spend time while high. Read more here.

Postmedia has announced an investment in Los Angeles-based digital cannabis media company PRØHBTD Media Inc. PRØHBTD, which also has offices in Toronto and Vancouver, focuses on cannabis lifestyle content. The partnership will see Postmedia and PRØHBTD work with Canadian cannabis companies to produce videos and other marketing initiatives. PRØHBTD’s content library will be offered on Postmedia’s cannabis news site The GrowthOp, and other network channels.

Sandra Hannebohm and Tundè Balogun

The Objective News Agency is crowdfunding for support in Halifax. Started by recent University of King’s College journalism grads Sandra Hannebohm and Tundè Balogun, the online news site promises to investigate stories focusing on issues that affect the African-Nova Scotian community. Hannebohm and Balogun say their short documentaries will fill a coverage gap not being filled by traditional media. They’re set to premiere a four-part doc series at Halifax Central Library in February.


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