While the project is formally known as Capital Ideas, it’s also Postmedia’s Edmonton Experiment.
As well as a virtual space, Capital Ideas is a physical meeting place for Edmonton’s entrepreneurs. Monthly meetings allow for members of the city’s business community to connect and share ideas.
This doesn’t mean bringing in academics and consultants, but people who are already active in the business community.
“We’re based on idea that everyone who’s in business has learned a lot and wants to learn more, and that we can use the loud voice and the broad reach and the credibility of the Edmonton Journal to help them do that,” Karen Unland, Capital Ideas’ project lead, said in an interview.
Audio: Hear Karen Unland describe Capital Ideas and how it’s received by the community
I’ve noticed a shift in how people regard journalists, and the transparency expected of them.
When I first started out in this business, it was quickly apparent that I as a journalist should never be openly vocal about my views on an issue while reporting on it, or having a hand in reporting it.
For example: during an election, I never have a candidate’s sign on my lawn.
In my view, I’m supposed to remain impartial during the campaign (the fact that I no longer put words in the paper or online is irrelevant. I’m an editor, and can direct our coverage). A sign on my lawn would indicate – not just to my neighbours – that I have a preference.
But after a great ethics discussion with journalism students at Carleton University, I wonder if there has been a shift.