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Toronto Star Public Editor: Timeless principles guide corrections in digital era
4 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Timeless principles guide corrections in digital era

Corrections are complex business these days when news organizations deliver information via print, on web and mobile apps, social media, video, newsletters, push notifications and voice personal assistants
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,…
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…
Toronto Star Public Editor: Children in the news always require special consideration
4 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Children in the news always require special consideration

As the Star reported this week, the Toronto District School Board says it never discussed the implications of allowing an 11-year-old girl to speak to a barrage of reporters after she had made false allegations that her hijab had been…
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…
Toronto Star Public Editor: What’s written in the stars?
4 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: What’s written in the stars?

Astrology is not science, so why do serious news organizations still publish daily horoscopes?
Toronto Star Public Editor: Journalistic standards protect against fake news
4 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Journalistic standards protect against fake news

The Washington Post provided journalists and readers with a textbook example of journalistic due diligence, writes the Star’s public editor
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…
Toronto Star Public Editor: We need more women’s voices in the news
4 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: We need more women’s voices in the news

Studies continue to show news stories still quote more male voices than female — by a wide margin. Women’s realities need, and should, be reflected and it can be done
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…
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