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CBC Ombudsman: Tough talk – confrontational interviews
6 days ago

CBC Ombudsman: Tough talk – confrontational interviews

The complainant, Laura Finsten, was appalled – as were many others – at a question put to a senior Israeli political figure regarding the number of Palestinians killed by the… Continue Reading CBC Ombudsman: Tough talk – confrontational interviews

CBC Ombudsman: Twitter Turmoil
1 week ago

CBC Ombudsman: Twitter Turmoil

In April, a man driving a van deliberately ran into civilians on a stretch of Toronto’s Yonge Street.

The complainant, Mohamed Jiavdheen, objected to a tweet describing the driver, based… Continue Reading CBC Ombudsman: Twitter Turmoil

CBC Ombudsman: Election balance on Ontario today
3 weeks ago

CBC Ombudsman: Election balance on Ontario today

The complainant, Marc Poitras, thought the host of Ontario Today behaved differently to the callers on the edition which focused on the Progressive Conservative party, during the recent provincial election.… Continue Reading CBC Ombudsman: Election balance on Ontario today

Toronto Star Public Editor: Western media’s failure to properly cover the developing world
4 weeks ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Western media’s failure to properly cover the developing world

Conflicts, coups and catastrophes: These are the stories Canadians are most often told about the world beyond our borders.

Media coverage of international affairs has long been driven by dramatic… Continue Reading Toronto Star Public Editor: Western media’s failure to properly cover the developing world

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

CBC Ombudsman: Polish perspective
1 month ago

CBC Ombudsman: Polish perspective

The complainant, Bodgan Gawroński, objected to an interview with historian Jan Grabowski on CBC Radio programme Day 6. He thought it was biased and that Mr. Grabowski represented an extreme… Continue Reading CBC Ombudsman: Polish perspective

Toronto Star Public Editor: The age old issue of reporting on age
2 months ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: The age old issue of reporting on age

The headline, published in the newspaper and online this week, reported on yet another victim of the terrible toll of Toronto’s deadly streets: “Elderly pedestrian killed at crosswalk,” it stated.

Continue Reading Toronto Star Public Editor: The age old issue of reporting on age

CBC Ombudsman: Framing creates balance
2 months ago

CBC Ombudsman: Framing creates balance

The complainant, Ira Zbarsky, objected to a story covering pro and anti-Kinder Morgan pipeline demonstrations. He said they were framed as equal. Programmers agreed with his assessment shortly after the… Continue Reading CBC Ombudsman: Framing creates balance

CBC Ombudsman: Pay the piper
2 months ago

CBC Ombudsman: Pay the piper

The complainant, Christopher Budgell, wanted to know why Sunday Edition host Michael Enright was able to attend the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies’ week-long lecture series in Cambridge, England.… Continue Reading CBC Ombudsman: Pay the piper

Toronto Star Public Editor: Do journalists and the public understand each other?
2 months ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Do journalists and the public understand each other?

Readers, do we understand each other?

As consumers of news and information, do you have a clear sense of the how and why of journalism and its role in a… Continue Reading Toronto Star Public Editor: Do journalists and the public understand each other?