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Globe and Mail Public Editor: Why being right beats being first
5 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Why being right beats being first

By Sylvia Stead for the Globe and Mail Today and yesterday, the website and the front page of the newspaper have been and are dominated by extensive coverage of the attack on the Quebec City mosque. Much more coverage is…
Toronto Star Public Editor: What’s the public interest in the future of Canadian media?
5 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: What’s the public interest in the future of Canadian media?

By Kathy English for the Toronto Star What happens if and when there are no news media? That is the critical question at the heart of an essential public conversation that began in earnest this week with the release of…
Toronto Star Public Editor: The facts about fake news
5 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: The facts about fake news

By Kathy English for the Toronto Star There is nothing new about critical readers expressing their concerns about what they read in the Star in strong words. My in-box, and those of most other journalists here, is evidence of that.…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Journalism needs to focus on accuracy, fairness and independence
5 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Journalism needs to focus on accuracy, fairness and independence

By Sylvia Stead for the Globe and Mail Words matter, accuracy matters, fairness matters, independence matters. With journalism under attack these days south of the border, journalists need to focus on the basics of the craft and not become defensive…
Toronto Star Public Editor: Democracy depends on confidential sources
5 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: Democracy depends on confidential sources

By Kathy English for the Toronto Star It would be ideal if every person who has something important – and largely, secret — to reveal to the public through the media about matters of public interest could be fully identified.…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: We must call the ‘alt-right’ what it is: fascist, racist, white supremacist
5 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: We must call the ‘alt-right’ what it is: fascist, racist, white supremacist

By Sylvia Stead for the Globe and Mail Should journalists use made-up words? Sometimes yes. Language changes constantly, and so words such as “post-truth” and “yogalates” come into the vernacular and should be used and explained until they are well…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Thank you, readers, for suggesting we look at solitary confinement
5 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Thank you, readers, for suggesting we look at solitary confinement

By Sylvia Stead for The Globe and Mail In June, I asked readers what issues they felt should go under the media microscope. The Globe and Mail had been honoured for its work on military men and women suffering from…
Toronto Star Public Editor: More discussion about demeaning team names needed
5 years ago

Toronto Star Public Editor: More discussion about demeaning team names needed

By Kathy English for the Toronto Star Can we talk, please, about that baseball team from Cleveland that dare not speak its name on this particular page of the Toronto Star. It’s not surprising that some readers are vexed and…
Globe and Mail Public Editor: Evidence suggests Jays game racism story is fair
5 years ago

Globe and Mail Public Editor: Evidence suggests Jays game racism story is fair

By Sylvia Stead for The Globe and Mail I get a lot of passionate e-mails from readers, especially sports fans and political partisans, who have strong feelings about whether a column is fair or a story is accurate. This week,…
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