What we heard: Mental Health Awareness Week reminds us of another way that words matter

What we heard: Mental Health Awareness Week reminds us of another way that words matter

The NNC receives complaints and queries from time to time about the appropriate use of language in news and opinion articles. Recent correspondence with a member of the public noted an issue with a particular headline and detailed concerns about how mental health issues were generally reported on in light of Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs until Saturday, October 12.

Finalists announced for 2019 Fraser MacDougall Prize

Finalists announced for 2019 Fraser MacDougall Prize

The National NewsMedia Council and Journalists for Human Rights are pleased to announce the short list of finalists for this year’s Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting.

The National NewsMedia Council welcomes two new directors

The National NewsMedia Council welcomes two new directors

The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) is pleased to welcome two outstanding journalists to its board of directors, Janice Neil and Natasha Hassan. 

A short note from the National NewsMedia Council

A short note from the National NewsMedia Council

Dear Readers, Over the past few days, the National NewsMedia Council (NNC) has received complaints about an op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun and the Province this past weekend under the headline: ‘Ethnic diversity harms a country’s social trust, economic well-being, professor argues.’ As you are aware, the NNC is a voluntary, self-regulatory body that deals with complaints about news and opinion reporting published by our member newspapers and digital news organizations in Canada. The Vancouver Sun and the Province, …

Decision Release: 2019-57 Holmes vs Chilliwack Progress

Decision Release: 2019-57 Holmes vs Chilliwack Progress

The National NewsMedia Council mediated and found that corrective action was taken to address a complaint about the headline for a June 24 2019 news article in the Chilliwack Progress, “Heroism medal for Chilliwack woman who tried to save man in a wheelchair stuck on rail tracks.”

FYI Complaints We Heard: Explanatory journalism – July 9, 2019

FYI Complaints We Heard: Explanatory journalism – July 9, 2019

The NNC mediates complaints and issues decisions on breaches of journalistic standards. In cases where there is no evidence of a breach, readers may still have questions about a journalistic issue. Part of what we do at the NNC is to provide explanations to those questions. Here are some of the issues we’ve heard and how we handled them. JULY 9, 2019 – The National NewsMedia Council recently reviewed a detailed complaint about a February 18 2019 article that was published …

Competition for third annual Fraser MacDougall Prize now open

Competition for third annual Fraser MacDougall Prize now open

The National NewsMedia Council, in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights, is pleased to announce the opening of the third annual Fraser MacDougall Prize for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting. The prize is awarded to an exceptional piece of journalism with a human rights focus that is published in campus-based media during the past academic year. Winners (typically, the story’s writer and editor) receive a cash prize of $1,000 and are recognized for their achievements at the …

FYI Complaints We Heard: Distinguishing sponsored content from news – June 26, 2019

The NNC mediates complaints and issues decisions on breaches of journalistic standards. In cases where there is no evidence of a breach, readers may still have questions about a journalistic issue. Part of what we do at the NNC is to provide explanations to those questions. Here are some of the issues we’ve heard and how we handled them. JUNE 26, 2019 – The National NewsMedia Council recently reviewed a complaint about a supplement in the May 6, 2019 Star Metro …

New guides promote best practices for reporting on difficult subjects

New guides promote best practices for reporting on difficult subjects

Good reporting on difficult subjects comes with unique sets of challenges—whether covering mental health issues, trauma, or complex social service systems. Fortunately, there are several resources journalists can consult to guide them in their work.

FYI Complaints We Heard: News vs advertising – May 1, 2019

FYI Complaints We Heard: News vs advertising – May 1, 2019

One of the regular categories of complaints to the NNC involves the distinction between news and advertising. While standard practice consists of clear distinctions between advertising and journalism, emerging niche markets and new forms of sponsored content sometimes make these distinctions more difficult for readers to identify.