ONO Executive Director

Alan Sunderland has been Executive Director of ONO since 2019. Prior to that, he was ONO Treasurer and Board Member. Alan was the Editorial Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, an Australian Public Broadcaster, from 2013 to 2019. He is … Read More

ONO Board

MARGO SMIT (President): Margo is the Ombudsman for Journalistic Content at NPO, the public broadcaster in The Netherlands. You can access her official homepage HERE. JACK NAGLER (Vice President): Jack is the English Language Ombudsman for CBC, the Canadian public … Read More

ONO Vice President

Jack Nagler became Vice-President of ONO in 2021. Jack has been the English Services Ombudsman at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation since January 2019. Prior to that, he was CBC’s Director of Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement for five years, responsible … Read More

ONO President

Margo Smit took over as President of ONO in June 2021. Previous to becoming President, Margo had been the Treasurer of ONO and a long-standing Board Member, Margo is the Ombudsman for journalism content at NPO, the public broadcaster of … Read More

Unpublishing Presentation to ONO by Deborah Dwyer


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ONO Newsletter December 2020

OUR NEXT VIRTUAL SHOP TALK VIA ZOOM CONFIRMED Wednesday January 13th 2021, 1200 UTC Professional Ethics, Public Actions Mark it in your diaries, and please join us on the day for this important discussion about the interaction between the ethics … Read More

The Role of a News Ombudsman

This detailed report on the role of a News Ombudsman was prepared for the Organization for Secutiry and Cooperation in Europe, and contains detailed information on the principals and practice involved in establishing omnbudsman and other self-regulatory roles in newsrooms. … 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