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Boobs. That’s what the Toronto Sun, home of the Sunshine Girl and columnist Joe Warmington, wants you to check out.
The latest article in this tradition is “TIFF 2016: Best Cleavage of the Fest,” which is a photo gallery of exactly what the headline promises. Is it gross for a daily newspaper, even a tabloid like the Sun, to fetishize and exploit specific female body parts in the name of clicks and a desperate business model? Yes.
It also happens to be a bad business strategy—advertising revenue has plummeted so much that each click on a Taboola-level article like this has essentially no value. That said, it will likely receive more attention than journalism that’s far more substantial and meaningful, and every editor knows that.
So while we’re talking about this breast-related content, we’d like to exploit the opportunity to point to some recent articles that actually are worth your attention.
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- Over the weekend, the UBC journalism program won an Online News Award for their project “Out of the Shadows,” which examines approaches to mental illness worldwide.
- The Globe looks at the labour conditions for migrant farm labourers, and argues that they deserve better.
- Homeless Hub looks at the intersection between disability, education, employment, and homelessness so that we can better understand the underlying nuances.
- In the first instalment of a series, the Tyee chronicles the story of a vulnerable man making his way through the justice system.
- The Star reports how food bank users are increasingly older and better educated, which the Daily Bread Food Bank’s Richard Matern says reveals “a fundamental gap in our social safety net.”
- Mary Rogan’s longform article for the Walrus looks at the decisions and complications that gender-questioning youth face.
- The Star’s Jim Rankin looks at a human rights case that asks at what age are you too old to become a rookie cop.