Author Archives: ONO Administrator

ONO Newsletter August 2020

Another Virtual Meeting Coming Soon! The ONO Board is planning another Zoom discussion for members in late September / early October. The topic is going to be the ongoing relevance and importance of impartiality as part of editorial standards. We … Read More

ONO Newsletter July 2020

***SPECIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION*** In 1980, the Iran-Iraq War began, a small cable news company called CNN was founded, and Post-It notes were invented. John Lennon was shot dead in New York, Zimbabwe gained its independence and a new trade … Read More

ONO Newsletter June 2020

***SPECIAL ANNUAL MEETING EDITION*** Come one, come all! While we are all disappointed that this year’s conference in Copenhagen had to be cancelled, let’s make up for it by participating in our annual meeting on Wednesday June 17 at 1100 … Read More

The History of ONO

The idea takes form The news media has always made efforts to be accountable to the public it serves. As far back as the 19th century, editorial standards covering accuracy, impartiality and respectful behaviour began to be codified and made … Read More

Al JaCoby – The First ONO President

“He was a really fine person, even if he’d never admit it.” Those are the words of good friend and former San Diego Union-Tribune colleague, Bob Laurence. He was describing Al JaCoby, newspaperman, mentor and my friend for nearly four … Read More

List of ONO Presidents

1980-1985 Al JaCoby, The San Diego Union-Tribune 1985-1986 Harry Themal, Wilmington News-Journal 1986-1988 Clair Balfour, Montreal Gazette, Canada 1988-1990 Bob Kierstead, Boston G;obe 1990-1991 Henry McNulty, Hartford Courant 1991-1992 Kerry Sipe, Virginian Pilot 1992-1993 Dave Bishop, Ann Arbor News, Michigan … Read More


…a pamphlet produced by ONO in the mid-1980’s explaining what a news ombudsman is and why the world needs them.

ONO Newsletter May 2020

CONFERENCE CANCELLED In what is no doubt the least surprising news you will read this week, this year’s postponed ONO Conference has now been cancelled. The ONO Board met last week and confirmed that international conditions mean it is simply … Read More

ONO Newsletter April 2020

From the bunker Well, not the bunker really. But like so many of us, I am working from home – in my case a little cabin at the bottom of the garden. The only difference is that this has been … Read More

ONO Newsletter March 2020

CONFERENCE POSTPONED Most members should have received email notification on this already, but just confirming that our annual conference, originally planned for Copenhagen from May 17-20, has been postponed due to the health and travel risks associated with the COVID-19 … Read More