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Sylvia Stead

Globe and Mail Public Editor: No need to offer ‘false balance’ to anti-vaxxers
4 months ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: No need to offer ‘false balance’ to anti-vaxxers

Anti-vaxxers are up in arms about negative media coverage of their cause. Considering the timing, this is a little surprising: measles, a potentially life-threatening disease especially for unvaccinated babies… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: No need to offer ‘false balance’ to anti-vaxxers

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Remembering the victims
1 year ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Remembering the victims

A number of readers were angry and upset by a headline and story online about the Winnipeg murder trial of the man charged with killing Tina Fontaine. Canadians were… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Remembering the victims

Globe and Mail public editor: When victims come forward, journalism amplifies the truth
1 year ago

Globe and Mail public editor: When victims come forward, journalism amplifies the truth

In the midst of the #MeToo reckoning, let’s consider the role of journalism.

Of course, the foundation of the movement is the brave women who have been abused… Continue Reading Globe and Mail public editor: When victims come forward, journalism amplifies the truth

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Would you have caught these Globe and Mail slip-ups of 2017?
1 year ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Would you have caught these Globe and Mail slip-ups of 2017?

A reader in London, Ont., wrote to me to say there really shouldn’t be corrections – because all information should be checked before publication. “Doesn’t anybody proofread stories any… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Would you have caught these Globe and Mail slip-ups of 2017?

GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLIC EDITOR: The fight against ‘fake news’
2 years ago

GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLIC EDITOR: The fight against ‘fake news’

Earlier this week, I received a complaint about a Globe investigation into a fake news site. The writer, who is a Canadian professor, called the article “fake news.”

The Globe… Continue Reading GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLIC EDITOR: The fight against ‘fake news’

Globe and Mail Public Editor: The need to understand the context of words and how they evolve
2 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: The need to understand the context of words and how they evolve

Last week, TV columnist John Doyle wrote a column criticizing the CBC’s new show Great Canadian Baking Show.

As a TV critic, he was not overly impressed by this re-make… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: The need to understand the context of words and how they evolve

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Updating The Globe’s Editorial Code of Conduct
2 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Updating The Globe’s Editorial Code of Conduct

We are witnessing a campaign south of the border to diminish journalism. It is tactical: News reporting holds lawmakers and other powerful people accountable for their actions. At the same… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Updating The Globe’s Editorial Code of Conduct

Globe and Mail Public Editor: A picture can be worth so much more than a mere one thousand words
2 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: A picture can be worth so much more than a mere one thousand words

To say every picture is worth a thousand words sorely underestimates the impact of photojournalism. Think the Vietnam war and what comes to mind? The photo of a girl named… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: A picture can be worth so much more than a mere one thousand words

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Decision to publish gay Chechens story made after exhausting ‘all avenues’
2 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Decision to publish gay Chechens story made after exhausting ‘all avenues’

Last week a reader wondered, on Twitter, whether stories by John Ibbitson on Canada’s clandestine project to evacuate gay men from Russia to Canada “put gay Chechen refugees (or continuance of… Continue Reading Globe and Mail Public Editor: Decision to publish gay Chechens story made after exhausting ‘all avenues’