Protected: Notice of 2022 National NewsMedia Council Annual General Meeting

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Update from the Complaints Desk – May 5, 2022

Update from the Complaints Desk – May 5, 2022

All four complaints summarized in this latest ‘Update from the Complaints Desk’ relate to journalistic sourcing.  NNC staff regularly hear from engaged readers who critique stories that appear in member publications for a variety of reasons, sometimes because the stories do not hear from certain sources or other times because they do not include specific research findings or examine particular angles.  Council has long supported the view that journalists have the prerogative to select the story’s sources and scope. Standard …

Thank you, Tim!

Thank you, Tim!

The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) would like to express its most sincere gratitude to Tim Shoults, a stalwart of our organization and a tireless champion of community news, who will be departing our board on April 22, as he moves on to a new role outside of journalism. Shoults has been one of the NNC’s professional directors since ‘Day One’. Prior to the creation of the NNC in 2015, he served as a director on the British Columbia Press Council. …

Update from the NNC’s complaints desk: March 24, 2022

Update from the NNC’s complaints desk: March 24, 2022

Below are several complaints that the National NewsMedia Council received and addressed through reader education about journalism standards and best practices over the past few weeks. Readers express strong opinions on opinion polls Two individuals complained about what they felt was inappropriate reporting about a public opinion poll that gauged Canadians’ attitudes about people who are not vaccinated. The poll showed the majority of respondents were in favour of mandatory vaccination, and that more than a quarter of respondents favoured …

Update from the NNC’s complaints desk: February 17, 2022

Update from the NNC’s complaints desk: February 17, 2022

Below are several complaints that the National NewsMedia Council received and addressed through education over the past few weeks. Satirical column falls flat for reader – distinguishing opinion from news An individual complained that an opinion column about attitudes toward COVID vaccination was insensitive and promoted hateful views. The NNC noted that the role of opinion writing is varied, and may include seeking to persuade, entertain, or enlighten readers.  An ordinary reading of the article in question indicated that it …

‘Mother trucker’, our email just exploded!

‘Mother trucker’, our email just exploded!

In addition to the regular volume of complaints the National NewsMedia Council receives from the public about the editorial standards of the journalism produced by our member titles, we also hear from individuals who are concerned about what they see as insufficient coverage of a particular subject, or those who would like to see a specific story appear in the news.  Over the last week, as a convoy of trucks and other demonstrators descended on Ottawa to protest COVID-related restrictions, …

Adjusted working hours during the holidays

Adjusted working hours during the holidays

2021 has been a hectic year. That’s why during this year’s holiday season, the NNC’s standard hours of operation will be adjusted. Our operations will close at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 and re-open on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. All relevant queries will be responded to upon re-opening. Staff will be spending their holidays re-charging their batteries for what promises to be an exciting 2022!

Oh editor, where art thou?

Oh editor, where art thou?

As a self-regulatory industry association, the National NewsMedia Council frequently hears from Canadians who express concerns about how our member news organizations report, or opine, on news and current affairs that have a public impact.  Some of the most popular refrains from complaints include keywords such as: “bias”, “omission”, “inaccuracy”, etc. As a matter of process, before the NNC gets involved, we encourage complainants to attempt to find a resolution to the concern with the news organization at the ‘local …

The National NewsMedia Council is recruiting new directors

The National NewsMedia Council is recruiting new directors

In 2022, the National NewsMedia Council (NNC) is looking forward to welcoming new public directors to strengthen its educational mandate.  Public directors are members of the public who are not affiliated with news organizations that are members in the NNC and form a simple majority on the Council. Past public members have included teachers, lawyers, faith leaders, or those with expertise in business and/or management.  To learn more about current NNC directors, please click here.  All public members receive a …

What happens when editorial choices surrounding a story about divisiveness and lack of empathy are subject to the same criticism?

What happens when editorial choices surrounding a story about divisiveness and lack of empathy are subject to the same criticism?

Over the past two months, the has NNC received more than 50 complaints, and dozens more phone calls, from people who expressed their concerns about a front-page layout of an August 26th edition of the Toronto Star. Readers were incensed over the front-page presentation of a story featuring strongly-worded tweets about people who chose not to get the COVID vaccine. The front-page tweets were, in many readers’ words, “divisive and hateful.” That day’s edition of the Toronto Star featured an …