Finalists announced for 2018 Fraser MacDougall Prize

Finalists announced for 2018 Fraser MacDougall Prize

TORONTO (July 11, 2018) – The National NewsMedia Council and Journalists for Human Rights are pleased to announce the short list of six finalists for this year’s Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting. This year’s shortlist was chosen from a record number of 28 nominations from campus news organizations spread across the country. The finalists for this year’s awards are (in no particular order): “The forgotten legacies of Queen’s Black medical students”, The Queen’s Journal …

National NewsMedia Council and Canadian University Press announce new partnership

National NewsMedia Council and Canadian University Press announce new partnership

TORONTO (June 26, 2018) — The National NewsMedia Council of Canada (NNC) and the Canadian University Press (CUP) announced today a partnership that will enable CUP member publications to access the NNC’s suite of training and support services. “This partnership is a clear statement that the future of journalism in Canada is collaborative,” says John Fraser, executive chair of the NNC. “Whether one is working at a campus news organization, community publication, or in a major Canadian newsroom, a commitment …

Members’ Update: Spring 2018

Members’ Update: Spring 2018

Note from our **NEW** Executive Chair  I am really pleased to be writing my first column as “executive chair” of the National NewsMedia Council. This is the new position I have moved into as part of a useful repositioning of our management team. The “chair” part is easy to explain: I take on the duties of running board meetings as the third chair of the NNC, following the Hon. Frances Lankin, now of the Canadian Senate, and most recently of …

Competition for 2018 Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian in Human Rights Reporting now open

Competition for 2018 Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian in Human Rights Reporting now open

TORONTO, March 27, 2018 – The National NewsMedia Council, in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights, is pleased to announce the opening of the second annual Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting. The Prize is awarded to an exceptional piece of human-rights-focussed journalism published in campus-based media during the past academic year, as determined by a panel of distinguished judges. Winners (typically, the story’s writer and editor) receive a cash prize of $1,000 and …

National NewsMedia Council debuts new ‘True Confessions’ podcast

National NewsMedia Council debuts new ‘True Confessions’ podcast

The National NewsMedia Council is proud to present the first episode of our Acts of Journalism podcast. The first season of the Acts of Journalism podcast is titled True Confessions, which riffs off of the imagery of the renowned 1940s and 1950s noir magazines often placed near grocery store checkout counters. The series offers a frank discussion about the professional and ethical dilemmas encountered by many of Canada’s most prominent journalists during their storied careers. During the in-depth conversations, journalists …

NNC and Ryerson University launch ‘2018 Local News Survey’

NNC and Ryerson University launch ‘2018 Local News Survey’

Ryerson University, in partnership with the National NewsMedia Council, is officially launching a survey geared to small-market Canadian newsrooms. The objective of the survey is to gather data to better understand innovation and engagement at the local level. Ryerson University’s April Lindgren and the NNC’s Cara Sabatini tailored the survey to reflect the Canadian context, and the results will be used to compare data to similar surveys that have been conducted in the United States, Spain, and Austria. We’re asking …

Checking our Work: Bringing Global Lessons Home

As the only media council in North America, the NNC checks with peers in Europe and Australia to monitor emerging issues and evolving standards in journalism. In that light, a recent speech by Neville Stevens, chair of the Australian Press Council, highlights some issues that might resonate with members of the Canadian news industry. “Accountability requires quality journalism that has the trust of the community,” Stevens says in a refrain that will ring familiar. “It is the local media—the suburban or …

Former Ontario Press Council executive director passes away

Former Ontario Press Council executive director passes away

A message from John Fraser, President and CEO, National NewsMedia Council of Canada: On behalf of the National NewsMedia Council, we were saddened to hear of Don McCurdy’s death today. Don was the last executive director of the Ontario Press Council and it was his initial push to create a litigious-free national news media dispute resolution organization that ultimately led to the creation to the NNC. On a personal level, I will always be grateful for his generosity and loyalty …

John Fraser appointed as National NewsMedia Council’s Executive Chair

John Fraser appointed as National NewsMedia Council’s Executive Chair

The National NewsMedia Council of Canada today announced that its new Executive Chair will be John Fraser, the veteran journalist, author and educator who was the founding president and CEO of the three-year-old institution. He succeeds Shelley Chrest of British Columbia who now resumes her former role as vice chair (Western Canada). The other vice chairs are Joanne De Laurentiis (Central Canada) and Miller Ayre (Eastern Canada). In the position of Executive Director is Pat Perkel who will continue as …

Decision: 2018-07 – Stephen Greig vs Globe and Mail

The National NewsMedia Council has dismissed with reservation a complaint by Stephen Greig about a January 10, 2018 Globe and Mail article, “Probe at Toronto performing-arts school raises questions for theatre community.”