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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: When a private school’s history goes public
2 weeks ago

Globe and Mail public editor: When a private school’s history goes public

A few readers, graduates of St. Michael’s College, were upset with The Globe and Mail’s coverage of their school these past two weeks. Toronto police are investigating allegations of… Continue Reading Globe and Mail public editor: When a private school’s history goes public

Globe and Mail public editor: Is it news or views?
1 month ago

Globe and Mail public editor: Is it news or views?

The attacks on the media continue south of the border, but in this country, I believe readers understand the importance of fair and accurate news coverage. What a few… Continue Reading Globe and Mail public editor: Is it news or views?

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Sensitivity and respect were primary concerns while producing The Globe’s dementia series
2 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Sensitivity and respect were primary concerns while producing The Globe’s dementia series

In covering deeply personal issues, journalism is quite different from the often one-dimensional world of social media. It uncovers how the vulnerable are treated, the problems they face and… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Sensitivity and respect were primary concerns while producing The Globe’s dementia series

Globe and Mail Public Editor: When weighing anonymous voices, consider the source
5 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: When weighing anonymous voices, consider the source

Off the record, a source said; a senior government official said on background; according to an insider. How important are anonymous sources in reporting? Overuse or misuse can hurt… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: When weighing anonymous voices, consider the source

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Suicide coverage an opportunity to help
6 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Suicide coverage an opportunity to help

Two greatly admired and creative people died by suicide this week: On Tuesday, designer Kate Spade, known for her colourful handbags and clothing, and today, chef, traveller and television… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Suicide coverage an opportunity to help

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Cannabis investors have right to know bad news
7 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Cannabis investors have right to know bad news

Shareholders in cannabis firms are anxious about their investments, the profits and the coverage of them. It is seen as riskier than most investments because there is no historical… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Cannabis investors have right to know bad news

Globe and Mail Public Editor: It’s important to be right, not first with the news
7 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: It’s important to be right, not first with the news

The Globe and Mail wasn’t the first media outlet to report the number killed in Toronto’s Monday van rampage. It wasn’t first to report the name of the suspect… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: It’s important to be right, not first with the news

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Remembering the victims
9 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Remembering the victims

A number of readers were angry and upset by a headline and story online about the Winnipeg murder trial of the man charged with killing Tina Fontaine. Canadians were… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Remembering the victims

Globe and Mail public editor: When victims come forward, journalism amplifies the truth
9 months ago

Globe and Mail public editor: When victims come forward, journalism amplifies the truth

In the midst of the #MeToo reckoning, let’s consider the role of journalism.

Of course, the foundation of the movement is the brave women who have been abused… Continue Reading Globe and Mail public editor: When victims come forward, journalism amplifies the truth

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Would you have caught these Globe and Mail slip-ups of 2017?
11 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Would you have caught these Globe and Mail slip-ups of 2017?

A reader in London, Ont., wrote to me to say there really shouldn’t be corrections – because all information should be checked before publication. “Doesn’t anybody proofread stories any… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Would you have caught these Globe and Mail slip-ups of 2017?