Author Archives: ONO Administrator

ONO Newsletter September 2019

This month’s topic… Collaborating with the public – risks and opportunities. A fascinating new report emerged in August examining the way modern newsrooms can collaborate and interact with their readers / listeners / viewers. The report, which can be read … Read More

ONO Newsletter August 2019

This month’s topic… Who are you calling a racist? President Trump’s tweets and public comments targeting four Democrat congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley – provoked huge controversy and reaction. After telling them to go … Read More

2019 Conference

“Journalism in a Polarized World” Columbia Journalism Review, New York This conference in New York, organised with the assistance and involvement of the Columbia Journalism Review, was a great success. The theme was Journalism in a Polarized World, and many … Read More

ONO Newsletter July 2019

A Message from the ONO President What a pleasure it was to meet so many of you at the excellent New York conference – it may be that an ombudsman has the loneliest job in the newsroom, but once a year we can truly say … Read More

“The Grumpy Scold in the House”

The Public Editor Role at the Asahi Shimbun What is the Public Editor doing?  An interim report on The Asahi Shimbun’s PE By Yumiko Harashima/ Staff Writer Asahi Shimbun Op-Ed Section “The grumpy scold in the house” “The loneliest job in the newsroom” News ombudsmen or public … Read More

Reporting Suicide

In the last week, news outlets reported on two high profile suicides.  Here’s what CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices has to say on the subject: We are sensitive in our handling of suicides, suicide attempts and desperate acts. In particular, … Read More

News Fluency

Working journalists and academics alike have been spending a lot of time thinking about ways to restore trust in their work, and to help citizens discern reliable solid reporting from the masses of flimsy and utterly false information that bombards … Read More

Another one bites the dust

Most people have heard of ESPN. It’s a world leader in sports and sports news broadcasting, with a global reach and unprecedented influence on standards of sports coverage and sports reporting. A few days ago, it announced a significant change … Read More

Understanding Science Denial

I don’t know about you, but I still get a regular number of complaints from climate change deniers and even more from “anti-vaxxers” – those that refuse to vaccinate their children against various childhood diseases that have been all but … Read More

ESPN Cuts its Public Editor

It’s a sad day for journalism and journalistic accountability.  One more news outlet is ending the position of public editor. ESPN has announced Jim Brady will be the last person to hold the position.  The Organization of News Ombudsmen and … Read More