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Should journalists refuse emailed statements as substitute interviews with politicians?

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Journalists are fed up with canned talking points in response to questions, but are they better than nothing? Should journalists push more for phone interviews? Take the J-Source poll and tell us what you think of emailed statements. 

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Highlights of the Ontario Press Council hearings

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The Globe and Mail defended its use of anonymous sources for an investigative piece by Greg McArthur and Shannon Kari that looked into Mayor Rob Ford’s family's alleged drug dealings. The Toronto Star responded to complaints about an article the newspaper ran about a video that allegedly showed Ford smoking crack. That article was written by city hall reporter Robyn Doolittle and investigative reporter Kevin Donovan.

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“Gypsies” reference on Ezra Levant’s show violated broadcasters’ code

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During his program The Source, Ezra Levant made negative comments about the Roma community, which the CBSC found the broadcast in violation of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics. 

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Live blog: Ontario Press Council hearings

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The Ontario Press Council held two separate hearings to investigate complaints that the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail reported on the Ford family in an irresponsible, unethical manner. 

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Globe public editor: Reader’s complaint on Ford story headed to Press Council
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Globe public editor: Reader’s complaint on Ford story headed to Press Council

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The Globe and Mail's public editor explains to readers what they can expect from the Ontario press council hearings next week and why  she defends the use of anonymous sources in the story at the root of the complaint. 

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Globe public editor: A reader reminds us of the importance of attribution
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Globe public editor: A reader reminds us of the importance of attribution

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There should always be attribution for news items, even if those pieces were rewritten and in some cases included personal reflections, writes The Globe and Mail's public editor Sylvia Stead.

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Star public editor: If Star misspells your name, we will correct
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Star public editor: If Star misspells your name, we will correct

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Getting names right is the "bedrock" measure of accuracy in journalism. When we err, we must correct, writes the Toronto Star's public editor Kathy English

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