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.

Ryerson University and the NNC release new report: Good News, Bad News: A snapshot of conditions at small-market newspapers in Canada

Ryerson University and the NNC release new report: Good News, Bad News: A snapshot of conditions at small-market newspapers in Canada

TORONTO, April 29, 2019 – Ryerson University’s Local News Research Project, in partnership with the National NewsMedia Council of Canada (NNC), is pleased to announce the publication of its new report: Good News, Bad News: A snapshot of conditions at small-market newspapers in Canada. The report’s findings provide invaluable insight into questions about workload, audience engagement, the use of digital tools, and journalistic ethics and standards for print publications with a daily/weekly circulation below 50,000 copies. Some of the report’s …

FYI Complaints We Heard: Photo of tragic event, editorials and letters to the editor – April 11, 2019

FYI Complaints We Heard: Photo of tragic event, editorials and letters to the editor – April 11, 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.

Canadaland hosts NNC on latest podcast episode

Canadaland hosts NNC on latest podcast episode

Canadaland’s Jesse Brown sat down with Executive Director Pat Perkel and Executive Chair John Fraser of the National NewsMedia Council to discuss the NNC’s role in upholding accountable journalism, and the challenges involved in issues raised by some recent complaints.