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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: Would you have caught these Globe and Mail slip-ups of 2017?
4 years 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 more before a paper is printed? … To misspell a person’s…
GLOBE AND MAIL PUBLIC EDITOR: The fight against ‘fake news’
4 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 story labelled “Media and ‘Fake News'” had the headline “NATO…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: The need to understand the context of words and how they evolve
4 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 of a British show. “If you’re a fan of The…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Updating The Globe’s Editorial Code of Conduct
4 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 time, with the easy proliferation of conspiracy sites and Russian…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: A picture can be worth so much more than a mere one thousand words
4 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 Phan Thi Kim Phuc running from a napalm airstrike. The…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Decision to publish gay Chechens story made after exhausting ‘all avenues’
4 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 the program) at risk?” It’s an important question. Mr.…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Hillary Clinton column sparks comment section ‘fight club’
4 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Hillary Clinton column sparks comment section ‘fight club’

It’s no surprise that a column written by a woman, about a woman, attracts online attacks – but an angry minority shouldn’t shut down debate.
Globe and Mail Public Editor: ‘Alt-right’ softens the vileness of a racist movement
4 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: ‘Alt-right’ softens the vileness of a racist movement

An important reminder after the word appeared in the headline of a Globe column: groups of white supremacists must be called what they are.
Globe and Mail Public Editor: We must earn your trust that we’re the real deal
4 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: We must earn your trust that we’re the real deal

While most readers know that charges of ‘fake news’ are themselves fake, media groups like this one need to include the readers more in their process.
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Knowing about local communities is important right of the public
4 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Knowing about local communities is important right of the public

Authorities instinctively put a positive spin on everything and avoid talking about painful problems, but the journalist’s instinct is to pick at that scab.
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