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Toronto Star Public Editor: The age old issue of reporting on age
3 years 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. Peter Pellier, a longtime Star reader from Oakville then posed…
Toronto Star Public Editor: Do journalists and the public understand each other?
3 years 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 democracy? I would like to believe a clear understanding does…
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…
Toronto Star Public Editor: Media savvy kids are vital to future of democracy
3 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Media savvy kids are vital to future of democracy

We all need to be news wise during an election campaign. Democracy depends on informed voters, and to be fully informed, voters depend largely on the media for news and information. Within the increasingly complex media ecosystem, it is the…
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…
Toronto Star Public Editor: Where are the voices of women on the letters page?
3 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Where are the voices of women on the letters page?

Not enough time or not enough confidence? Why don’t women write more letters to the editor? Public Editor Kathy English wants to know.
Toronto Star Public Editor: Digital media literacy matters to all
4 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Digital media literacy matters to all

Today’s digital-driven world demands new media literacy skills to create understanding of powerful platforms.
Toronto Star Public Editor: The good news about trust in the media
4 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: The good news about trust in the media

There is some good news about the bad news about global trust in journalism: In Canada, trust in journalists has risen significantly, as has trust in traditional media overall. According to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer released this week, 61…
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…
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