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Ombudsman: CBC got it right covering local demonstration about Egypt
4 years ago

Ombudsman: CBC got it right covering local demonstration about Egypt

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A complainant accused CBC of siding with the supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in its coverage of demonstrations in Toronto. During the height of the unrest in Egypt, she thought only a pro-Morsi rally had been covered in Toronto when a group of Coptic Christians held a rally the same week end. In fact, CBC had a story about the Coptic demonstration on The National, and all platforms had provided coverage of the concerns of the community here as well as stories about attacks on churches in Egypt, writes the CBC ombudsman Esther Enkin.

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CBC ombudsman: No bias in headline about Justin Trudeau’s speaking fees
4 years ago

CBC ombudsman: No bias in headline about Justin Trudeau’s speaking fees

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The complainant, Jon Melanson, thought the wording of a headline indicated CBC was taking the side of the Liberal party. CBC's ombudsman Esther Enkin responds that while it may have not been the most elegant headline ever written, it was not inaccurate and the story was balanced.

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Globe public editor: With just a few words, photo cutlines have enormous impact
4 years ago

Globe public editor: With just a few words, photo cutlines have enormous impact

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If done well, a photo caption can elevate the story, writes the Globe and Mail's public editor Sylvia Stead. A bad cutline, by contrast, will tell the reader something that they can figure out on their own.

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Globe public editor: Does the coverage of politicians have to be equal?
4 years ago

Globe public editor: Does the coverage of politicians have to be equal?

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For all the attention to who generates the greatest number of references, perhaps the most important question is not about whether the coverage is equal but whether it fairly explains each party’s platform, writes The Globe and Mail's public editor Sylvia Stead.

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Star public editor: Press council provided opportunity for greater public understanding of journalism
4 years ago

Star public editor: Press council provided opportunity for greater public understanding of journalism

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The Ontario Press Council was exercising its right and responsibility in holding the Toronto Star to account for its reporting on Mayor Rob Ford “crack” video, writes the newspaper's public editor Kathy English. 

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CBC Ombudsman: Not ideal that CBC has not seen video but decision to cover Rob Ford alleged crack video story was correct
4 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: Not ideal that CBC has not seen video but decision to cover Rob Ford alleged crack video story was correct

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It is certainly not ideal to have been talking about a tape that no CBC reporter had seen, but given the high profile of the people involved, and how the story evolved, the decision to stay with the story was a correct one, writes CBC's Ombudsman Esther Enkin. 

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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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