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

Can reporting on vulnerable people do more harm than good?
5 days ago

Can reporting on vulnerable people do more harm than good?

By  •  Commentary, Analysis

Journalists need more than good intentions when venturing into Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to tell its stories.
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The future of local news is one bound with our own
2 weeks ago

The future of local news is one bound with our own

By  •  Commentary, Analysis

By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news.
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CBC Ombudsman: Polish perspective
2 weeks 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
3 weeks 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.

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CBC Ombudsman: Framing creates balance
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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?
1 month 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?

CBC Ombudsman: Tough, not biased
1 month ago

CBC Ombudsman: Tough, not biased

The complainant, Isi Erez, thought Carol Off showed her personal feelings through an angry interview with an Israeli politician. Tone is somewhat subjective – the interview was probing but I… Continue Reading CBC Ombudsman: Tough, not biased