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Public editor: Rob Ford and ‘crack cocaine’ video – Now, do you believe the Star?
5 years ago

Public editor: Rob Ford and ‘crack cocaine’ video – Now, do you believe the Star?

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Police verification of Mayor Rob Ford 'crack cocaine' video is vindication for the Toronto Star – and for journalism, writes the newspaper's public editor Kathy English.

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Globe public editor: A diverse audience and the struggle with language
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Globe public editor: A diverse audience and the struggle with language

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With an increasingly diverse audience in a diverse country, Globe editors struggle to standardize spelling with non-English languages, although that standardization does not include accents.

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CBC ombudsman: No bias in Zimmerman trial headline
5 years ago

CBC ombudsman: No bias in Zimmerman trial headline

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CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin responds to a complainant who thought referring to the prosecution's case and not the defence's showed bias in CBC News coverage of the George Zimmerman trial in the Trayvon Martin case.

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Star public editor: Star need not take all responsibility for perception gap
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Star public editor: Star need not take all responsibility for perception gap

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Toronto Star public editor Kathy English explains the dfiference in perception between journalists and the public when it comes to the paper's reporting about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

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Globe public editor: The Fords, the facts and the use of anonymous sources
5 years ago

Globe public editor: The Fords, the facts and the use of anonymous sources

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Following the Ontario Press Council's dismissal of complaints against The Globe and Mail for its coverage of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, public editor Sylvia Stead provides the backstory on the paper's allegations that Ford sold hashish as a young man.

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CBC ombudsman: The National’s At Issue panel is non-partisan
5 years ago

CBC ombudsman: The National’s At Issue panel is non-partisan

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A complainant said The National’s political affairs panel, At Issue, lacked balance. He though that the panelists were supporters of the Liberal and Conservative parties and that there needed to be someone to speak for the NDP. But CBC's ombudsman Esther Enkin found that the panelists were non-partisan, that the discussions were not based on party positions, but analysis of them, and the analysis provided came from a range of perspectives.

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Star public editor: Columnists free to express outrageous opinions
5 years ago

Star public editor: Columnists free to express outrageous opinions

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Why does the Toronto Star publish opinion columns that readers judge to be outrageous, offensive, inappropriate? Columnists express their own views, not the views of the Star, which are expressed on its editorial pages, writes public editor Kathy English. They can and often do express opinions the Star does not agree with.

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Globe public editor: Why John Greyson’s sexuality was relevant to Wente’s column
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Globe public editor: Why John Greyson’s sexuality was relevant to Wente’s column

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Once you raise the issue that many in the media haven’t mentioned John Greyson’s orientation for “fear it would go worse for him,” as Margaret Wente wrote), The Globe and Mail's public editor Sylvia Stead says you need to very explicitly answer that question about why you have chosen to mention his orientation.

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Star public editor: A clear case of in-house plagiarism
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Star public editor: A clear case of in-house plagiarism

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Can Toronto Star reporters take material from the Star's own archives? Sometimes, yes. But outright copying of a colleague's work is plagiarism, writes public editor Kathy English.

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CBC ombudsman: Decision to air interview with Ottawa bus driver’s widow was correct
5 years ago

CBC ombudsman: Decision to air interview with Ottawa bus driver’s widow was correct

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When the Ottawa Morning Show ran an interview with Terry Woodard, the widow of the driver of the Ottawa bus that collided with a train, there was quite a lot of reaction. The interview was raw and painful to listen to. Was it the wrong decision to air it? The complainant, Chris Young, thought it was sensationalistic and should not have been done, even if Ms. Woodard agreed to it. The CBC's ombudsman Esther Enkin says the interview was hard to listen to, but agreed with the decision to air it.

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