“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

Meet Margo Smit

Margo Smit has been working in journalism since 1989. She was successively a desk editor at commercial and public broadcasters, parliamentary editor at RTL Nieuws, research journalist at KRO Reporter and director of the Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ). In … Read More

ONO-president Jacob Mollerup’s address to The World Newspaper Congress and The World Editors Forum in Vienna

ONO-president Jacob Mollerup’s address to The World Newspaper Congress and The World Editors Forum in Vienna on October 15th, 2011. The 2011 World Newspaper Congress and The Worlds Editors Forum in Vienna had ethics on the programme – heavily influenced … Read More

Ombudsman mandate review launched

CBC/Radio-Canada have launched a review of the mandate for their ombudsmen.

The review follows last year’s update of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices and deals specifically with the role of the ombudsmen in the current media landscape. The mandate has not been reviewed for several years.

CBC president Hubert T. Lacroix says social media and the Internet have changed the way in which the corporation does business, so “it’s important that we understand new media’s impact, either real or potential, on the mandate and role of our ombudsmen.” … Read More

Democracy, media and (cyber) ombudsmen

Former ONO president and Guardian Readers Editor Ian Mayes spoke at a national round table for Turkey in Istanbul on Sept. 21, 2010, part of a regional program for media in south-east Europe financed jointly by the European Commission and UNESCO. … Read More

Discussing a dilemma

Members of ONO recently discussed an issue concerning complaints, fairness, balance, and ethical dilemmas. The conversation took place via e-mail. It is re-posted here to serve as an example of the thinking and clarity ombudsmen bring to their jobs. … Read More

Keeping Tabs on the Times

Part journalistic Renaissance man, part regular guy, former reporter, columnist, editor, publisher and corporate executive, Arthur Brisbane is the new public editor of The New York Times. Read more: Keeping Tabs on the Times

Funny kind of name: Ombudsman

NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard speaks with one of NPR’s summer interns about the “loneliest job in the newsroom.” … Read More

Press councils’ choice: make big changes, or fade to black

Press councils across Canada are declining because they lack relevance, credibility and money, writes Brian Gabrial. Yet the need for a watchdog over journalism’s ethics has never been greater, and it’s time to choose between accepting a slow death and taking some bold—and controversial—moves. … Read More

Defensores del público en la prense LatinoAmericana: Un trabajo complejo que busca consolidarse

Introduction: Prof. Flavia Pauwels of the University of Buenos Aires is a scholar of ombudsmanship in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Here is her scholarly assessment of the growth of the institution in Latin countries. An English translation to follow … Read More