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About Sylvia Stead

Sylvia Stead is the Public Editor of the Globe and Mail.
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Globe and Mail Public Editor: No need to offer ‘false balance’ to anti-vaxxers
3 years 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 or people with suppressed immune systems, is on the rise, thanks…
Globe and Mail public editor: When a private school’s history goes public
3 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…
Globe and Mail public editor: Is it news or views?
3 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)…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Sensitivity and respect were primary concerns while producing The Globe’s dementia series
3 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…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: When weighing anonymous voices, consider the source
3 years 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 credibility, but you need those insider voices for many stories to…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Suicide coverage an opportunity to help
3 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Suicide coverage an opportunity to help

Two greatly admired and creative people died by suicide this week: On Tuesday, designer Kate Spade, known for her colourful handbags and clothing, and today, chef, traveller and television personality Anthony Bourdain, who opened our eyes to the great and…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Cannabis investors have right to know bad news
3 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Cannabis investors have right to know bad news

Shareholders in cannabis firms are anxious about their investments, the profits and the coverage of them. It is seen as riskier than most investments because there is no historical data to track and because it is likely, in an emerging…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: It’s important to be right, not first with the news
3 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: It’s important to be right, not first with the news

The Globe and Mail wasn’t the first media outlet to report the number killed in Toronto’s Monday van rampage. It wasn’t first to report the name of the suspect or the first to report on a Facebook page purportedly operated…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Remembering the victims
4 years 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 outraged by the death of this 15-year-old and the trial is…
Globe and Mail public editor: When victims come forward, journalism amplifies the truth
4 years 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 and who have stood tall willing to reveal the most intimate details,…
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