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2019 Fraser MacDougall Prize laureate explains why winning story matters to her and her community

2019 Fraser MacDougall Prize laureate explains why winning story matters to her and her community

This past Monday, the National NewsMedia Council and Journalists for Human Rights honoured the work of Olivia Robinson, a rising star in Canadian journalism, with the 2019 Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting. Robinson won this year’s award for her submission ‘Raising a stink about public washrooms in Ottawa: Why you should care about toilet privilege’ which was published in the online-only publication Capital Current, based at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. In this short …

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Reader objected to newspaper’s endorsement of candidate

Reader objected to newspaper’s endorsement of candidate

A complaint to the National NewsMedia Council during the recent federal election campaign questioned a news organization’s right to endorse a political candidate. The complainant insisted that Postmedia’s endorsement of Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer demonstrated bias, and was an unethical attempt to influence the electorate. The complainant noted that the newspaper’s editorial listed concerns with Liberal party policy and leadership, and explained its reasons for supporting Scheer and the Conservative Party.  However, the complainant argued that editorial endorsement amounts …

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‘Who are you calling dumb?’ – Nov 14 2019

‘Who are you calling dumb?’ – Nov 14 2019

Following the federal election, the National NewsMedia Council received a complaint about a reprinted opinion article that referred to Western separation as a “dumb” idea. The complainant stated that the article failed to provide reasons that Western Canada is unhappy, and objected to their being described as “dumb” for wanting to separate from a federal relationship that he argued isn’t working. The NewsMedia Council responded to the complaint by stating as a general principle that opinion articles are allowed to …

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