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In praise of academic media sluts – a new year’s resolution
2 years ago

In praise of academic media sluts – a new year’s resolution

Are you a media whore? Or do you worry you might be labeled one by your colleagues – if not to your face, then behind your back? In the process of delivering hundreds of media engagement workshops, I’ve heard dozens…
When not to publish graphic images
2 years ago

When not to publish graphic images

I regularly advocate for journalists to tell stories they see as newsworthy in the manner they see fit, because a key element of the journalistic skill set is the ability to determine news value. Making principled decisions about what is…
A generation of journalists are struggling
2 years ago

A generation of journalists are struggling

Over the last three years, I’ve had some version of this conversation with countless young Canadian journalists. “I’m so anxious right now.” “My work laid off 15 per cent of the staff and I’m really scared I’m next.” “I’m pretty…
Seven ways to bail out the government’s journalism bailout
2 years ago

Seven ways to bail out the government’s journalism bailout

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This story was originally published by The Logic and appears here with its permission. I anguished over whether to weigh in on last week’s $595-million government-aid package for journalism because it’s deeply personal for me.  I’ve spent almost 20 years…
Globe and Mail public editor: When a private school’s history goes public
2 years ago

Globe and Mail public editor: When a private school’s history goes public

A few readers, graduates of St. Michael’s College, were upset with The Globe and Mail’s coverage of their school these past two weeks. Toronto police are investigating allegations of assault and sexual assault connected to the Catholic boys’ school after…
How ‘fake news’ came to Winnipeg 100 years ago
2 years ago

How ‘fake news’ came to Winnipeg 100 years ago

This article was originally published by the Winnipeg Free Press and appears here with the editor’s permission. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1918 — 100 years ago today — was a pleasant fall day in Winnipeg, with the temperature hovering around 0…
Globe and Mail public editor: Is it news or views?
2 years ago

Globe and Mail public editor: Is it news or views?

The attacks on the media continue south of the border, but in this country, I believe readers understand the importance of fair and accurate news coverage. What a few don’t really grasp (based on some of the complaints I receive)…
Toronto Star Public Editor: Trust Project aims to fight public skepticism about the news media
2 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Trust Project aims to fight public skepticism about the news media

It is not news to tell you we are in the midst of a global crisis in media trust. While I find some consolation in the fact that recent studies tell us that Canadians trust their news more than do…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Sensitivity and respect were primary concerns while producing The Globe’s dementia series
2 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Sensitivity and respect were primary concerns while producing The Globe’s dementia series

In covering deeply personal issues, journalism is quite different from the often one-dimensional world of social media. It uncovers how the vulnerable are treated, the problems they face and what could be done to help them. Those articles depend absolutely…
CBC Ombudsman: Scoop or not
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: Scoop or not

The complainant, Andrew Douglas, Managing Editor of Frank Magazine, was concerned that CBC News had left the false impression they had broken a story he ran first in his magazine by the use of heated language and references to investigation.…