So, did you notice that four different Edmonton newspapers published the same article by Stuart Thomson? The one about premier Rachel Notley creating a new department of childrens' services? Probably not, because most people only read one paper. But if you're a regular news reader, then you definitely saw one version of the article.
The Edmonton Journal, The Calgary Herald, The Edmonton Sun, and The Calgary Sun all published virtually the same article about this. In fact, they each used one of two headlines.
This isn't the first time something fishy has happened with an Alberta paper. There have been articles cropping up with hidden sponsors—ads that read like news but at the bottom say: "This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia's commercial content division."
An article published by Global News in January states that Postmedia has cut somewhere around 90 jobs in newsrooms. Papers are being merged, fake news is being paid for, and top editors are being cut.
What can we do if we can't trust news media in our city?