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 …

‘Who are you calling dumb?’

‘Who are you calling dumb?’

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 …

Are you equipped to decipher today’s ‘information disorder’?

Are you equipped to decipher today’s ‘information disorder’?

The NNC has been discouraging the term ‘fake news’ for a long time now. Still, it’s difficult to push back against an easy term that has come to mean everything from an honest mistake, to the other guys’ opinion, to a fact that undercuts your preferred point of view. Most dangerously, the term denigrates and strips away the important work journalists do. The more accurate terms are misinformation, disinformation and mal-information. Over the past handful of years, a number of …

The NNC cited in the newly-launched Local Journalism Initiative

The NNC cited in the newly-launched Local Journalism Initiative

The Local Journalism Initiative, a program to help Canadian media organizations hire reporters to cover civic institutions and local news in under-served communities, is open for applications. Membership in the NNC is cited as one of the identifiers for news publications applying for the program. The program is being administered by News Media Canada, which is the publisher’s trade association.  As a self-regulatory journalistic standards organization, the National NewsMedia Council is not affiliated with the Local Journalism Initiative, but is …

Young journalist from Carleton University wins 2019 Fraser MacDougall Prize

Young journalist from Carleton University wins 2019 Fraser MacDougall Prize

The National NewsMedia Council and Journalists for Human Rights are pleased to announce that Olivia Robinson, a master’s student in the journalism program at Carleton University, has been awarded 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. This year’s jury was impressed …

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.”