Record number of journalists jailed in 2017

For the second consecutive year, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, according to a special report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. … Read More

Journalistic standards protect against fake news

The Washington Post provided journalists and readers with a textbook example of journalistic due diligence, writes Toronto Star Public Editor Kathy English. … Read More

The Guardian marks 20 years of the readers’ editor role

The Guardian has had a readers’ editor since 1997. Four people have held the role during those 20 years: Ian Mayes, Siobhain Butterworth, Chris Elliott and Paul Chadwick. In separate columns, the four reflect on their time as the readers’ editor. … Read More

TV hurricane coverage failed my family

“Cable news crews with satellite uplinks were the only eyes on the ground that my family had, and all those eyes ever seemed to look at were scenes of devastation.”
— Adam Ragusea, Mercer University professor and host of the podcast “The Pub” … Read More

Oral history of the New York Times public editor

The Columbia Journalism Review spoke to the six people who held the public editor position at the New York Times, described as “one of the most challenging jobs in American journalism.” … Read More

Public editors are disappearing in U.S. newsrooms. But abroad, they’re more important than ever

“In the past several years, the role of ombudsmen has gotten more important in newsrooms outside the U.S. — particularly in countries that are slowly democratizing, editors and media experts say.” … Read More To More Clearly Label Opinion Pieces

“Readers of will be well served by this move, which will more clearly distinguish news content from pieces that express personal opinions or take sides on an issue.”
— Elizabeth Jensen, NPR Ombudsman … Read More

Public editors disappear as media distrust grows

While public editor positions are increasing elsewhere, only a handful of news ombudsmen remain in the United States. A report from the Columbia Journalism Review. … Read More

Public Editor cannot be one-person panacea to reader trust problem

“I am biased of course, but I believe the public editor role works for Toronto Star readers.”
— Kathy English, Public Editor, Toronto Star … Read More

ONO Responds to End of The Public Editor at NYT

The Organization of News Ombudsmen and Standards Editors deplores the elimination of the position of public editor at the New York Times.  We believe this is contrary to the best interests of a free, independent and trusted news media. There … Read More