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About Sylvia Stead

Sylvia Stead is the Public Editor of the Globe and Mail.
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GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLIC EDITOR: The fight against ‘fake news’
2 weeks ago

GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLIC EDITOR: The fight against ‘fake news’

Earlier this week, I received a complaint about a Globe investigation into a fake news site. The writer, who is a Canadian professor, called the article “fake news.”

The Globe… Continue Reading GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLIC EDITOR: The fight against ‘fake news’

Globe and Mail Public Editor: The need to understand the context of words and how they evolve
1 month ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: The need to understand the context of words and how they evolve

Last week, TV columnist John Doyle wrote a column criticizing the CBC’s new show Great Canadian Baking Show.

As a TV critic, he was not overly impressed by this re-make… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: The need to understand the context of words and how they evolve

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Updating The Globe’s Editorial Code of Conduct
2 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Updating The Globe’s Editorial Code of Conduct

We are witnessing a campaign south of the border to diminish journalism. It is tactical: News reporting holds lawmakers and other powerful people accountable for their actions. At the same… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Updating The Globe’s Editorial Code of Conduct

Globe and Mail Public Editor: A picture can be worth so much more than a mere one thousand words
2 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: A picture can be worth so much more than a mere one thousand words

To say every picture is worth a thousand words sorely underestimates the impact of photojournalism. Think the Vietnam war and what comes to mind? The photo of a girl named… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: A picture can be worth so much more than a mere one thousand words

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Decision to publish gay Chechens story made after exhausting ‘all avenues’
4 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Decision to publish gay Chechens story made after exhausting ‘all avenues’

Last week a reader wondered, on Twitter, whether stories by John Ibbitson on Canada’s clandestine project to evacuate gay men from Russia to Canada “put gay Chechen refugees (or continuance of… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Decision to publish gay Chechens story made after exhausting ‘all avenues’

Globe and Mail Public Editor: We must earn your trust that we’re the real deal
5 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: We must earn your trust that we’re the real deal

While most readers know that charges of ‘fake news’ are themselves fake, media groups like this one need to include the readers more in their process.
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Globe and Mail Public Editor: Knowing about local communities is important right of the public
6 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Knowing about local communities is important right of the public

Authorities instinctively put a positive spin on everything and avoid talking about painful problems, but the journalist’s instinct is to pick at that scab.
Read More Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Knowing about local communities is important right of the public