Friday, June 26, 2009

Musikkinformasjonssenteret (MIC) - 2 Stories

1) Solistkoret på reisefot (By Hild Borchgrevink) April 2005
In this artcile the journalist writes about the province of Alberta in Canada celebrating its 100th anniversary as a "state". But, Alberta is not a state. She writes: "Dessuten feirer den canadiske provinsen Alberta hundreårsjubileum canadiske staten." Alberta is a Province in Canada. Alberta was created as a province from the Northwest Territories in Canada by the Prime Minister of Canada and Canadian Parliament in 1905. It has never been a state. The geographic and political divisions internally in Canada are called provinces and have been called provinces in Canada since 1663 when Canada became a Royal Province of France. In Canada we have used the French term and system of provinces since then. Canada, like France, China, Italy, Afghanistan, and many other countries in the world has provinces. There have never been states in Canada and this of course is an American term. But since Canada is not in the USA why would the journalist would use American political terms to describe a province in Canada? What is strange in the Norwegian media is journalists never referring to the provinces in China, France, Afghanistan (and other countries with provinces) as states. This reporting habit seems to happen often with Canada for some reason. For some very strange reason some journalists must think we have states in Canada? Is it guessing or assuming? An e-mail to correct the journalist she corrected the mistake.
2) Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra unite USA tour ( MIC) 1 June 2006
In this story MIC writes about leif Ove Andsnes and the NCO uniting for a USA tour. The first date on the tour is a performance in the Canadian city Ville de Québec, in the Province of Québec, in Canada. The mistake here is that Québec, Canada is not in the USA, but in Canada. The correct title should be:

"Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra unite for Canada and USA tour"
"Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra unite for North America tour"
Canada is not located in the USA, so how can is be just a USA tour? The main body of the article mentions Canada, but the heading is wrong. After notifying MIC they corrected the mistake. It would be like a Canadian journalist writing about a Canadian musician an "touring Sweden" or "Germany" with tour dates taking place in Norway.

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