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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…
Toronto Star Public Editor: Jeopardy! headline a case study on need to clearly label opinion content
4 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Jeopardy! headline a case study on need to clearly label opinion content

Headline presented Alex Trebek’s feelings for big winner as fact, when it was actually the columnist’s own view.
Toronto Star Public Editor: Who can you really trust for news?
4 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Who can you really trust for news?

‘As mishaps of misinformation and disasters of disinformation spread through the digital ecosystem, determining who you can trust for news and verified information is more important than ever.’
TORONTO STAR PUBLIC EDITOR: Readers need to distinguish news from opinion
4 years ago

TORONTO STAR PUBLIC EDITOR: Readers need to distinguish news from opinion

The Star must draw clearer distinction between news and opinion.
CBC Ombudsman: Provocative Opinion
4 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: Provocative Opinion

The complainant, Mike McEwan, thought an opinion piece critical of the systematic mistreatment of Aboriginal people was expressed in a way that bordered on “hate speech.” There is a big difference between strongly-worded criticism and hate. Calling European settlers colonizers…
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.
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