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Public editor: Caution should be exercised in coverage of Zika virus

SYLVIA STEAD

The Zika virus and the health fears have grabbed the attention of the public and the media. While the interest is there, there have also been calls to use caution in the coverage of the virus and its link to serious birth defects such as microcephaly (babies born with smaller heads and brains).

“I see that GAM is not going nuts with Zika, while [broadcast media] are doing lots of ‘Canada scared’ stories. I applaud the decision-making not to frighten. Is this a conscious decision?” one reader asked.

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Give us feedback on our new Markets section for mobile web readers: Part II

Globe Investor Readers,

We’re looking for more feedback on a new Markets section for our mobile web readers. You can see the proposed design below. This is part II to the designs that we showed you about a week ago for the mobile web Markets section.

The objective of these latest designs is to help readers understand what is moving the markets and allow them to drill into activity on different exchanges.

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Globe film critic Kate Taylor answers readers' questions

Kate Taylor

When I was appointed The Globe and Mail’s lead film critic last summer, some people congratulated me and others said “You are going to be reviewing the new Star Wars movie!?” I did review it, and the fan boys weren’t particularly pleased.  That’s okay; it would be a pretty boring world if everyone had the same opinion about every movie. I think a review is just a starting point for conversations about a movie, a book or a play, a bit of grit in the cultural oyster, if you will. It’s not right or wrong but a subjective opinion, although it should be a well-researched and well-argued opinion. When not reviewing movies, I write a Saturday column for Globe Arts - and novels. My third, entitled Serial Monogamy, will be published by Doubleday Canada in August. I’m happy to take your questions about movies, criticism, fiction writing or any other topic you care to name, just don’t ask me to predict who is going to win the Oscar.

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Public Editor: Media hurting but still producing memorable journalism

Sylvia Stead

It has been a bad week for journalism: 200 jobs lost in the broadcast and publishing wings of Rogers Media, and the closing of one of the nation’s oldest daily newspapers.

The Guelph Mercury would have celebrated its 150th anniversary along with Canada next year, and its demise set off a flurry of comments from shocked and saddened members of its staff, past as well as present.

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Give us feedback on our new Markets section for mobile web readers

Globe Investor Readers,

We’re looking for feedback on a new Markets section for our mobile web readers. You can see the proposed design below.

The objective is to provide one page where our readers can find a quick overview of the day’s activity for Canadian, U.S., European and Asian stock markets, as well as international currencies and commodities.

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Faithful? Cheated? Been cheated on? Take our anonymous infidelity poll

Do you consider sexting cheating? Have you seduced someone into being unfaithful? And if you cheated, would you do it again? Take our anonymous poll on behaviour and attitudes toward cheating. Your answers will be tabulated for a special series on infidelity in Canada.

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A way for investors to stay better informed in volatile times

Darcy Keith

If you’re interested in investing but haven’t yet subscribed to Globe Unlimited, you may be wondering what you’re missing. That’s why we’ve created a new page for a look at how a subscription can help you make more informed investment decisions. CLICK HERE to see it.

Globe Unlimited provides investors exclusive news, analysis and actionable trading ideas, and you’ll find easy navigation at the top of the page to some of our most popular sections for subscribers such as Inside the Market.

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Public Editor: The perils of relying on anonymous sources

Sylvia Stead

On Wednesday, the lawyer for the man charged in an impaired driving crash that killed three young children – Daniel Neville-Lake, 9, his brother Harrison, 5, and sister Milly, 2 – and their grandfather Gary Neville, said his client will plead guilty as a demonstration of his remorse.

Lawyer Brian Greenspan then held a brief scrum outside the Newmarket, Ont., courthouse to explain what had happened and answer any questions.

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Public Editor: Why The Globe has to be shown the errors of its way

Sylvia Stead

First the good news. The growing volume of material The Globe publishes – especially online – has not led to an increase in the number of errors being made. Two years ago saw a notable decline in published corrections and, now that this year is drawing to a close, I see there are still around 40 a month, down from the previous 50 to 60.

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Young Canadians: What do you worry about when it comes to money?

Are you under 40 and uncertain about how you're managing your finances? Do you have questions about debt, savings, real estate, investing or planning? Globe Money wants to hear from you.  Help us get you the information you need by sharing your thoughts.

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A tale of two Christmases: Canadians share photos of weather in their town or city

It's nearly Christmas, but does it feel like it where you are? Readers across Canada sent us photos of the weather in their town or city. Take a look, and share yours on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GlobeXmas.

 

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Public Editor: Sexy, game changer, plus other clichés and overworked phrases

Sylvia Stead

Recently, I wrote about the clichés and overworked phrases that drive readers up the wall. It sure resonated with our audience, who sent a bucketful of irritants my way.

Let’s start with one phrase that writers should stop using. It’s been used 19 times in The Globe in the past year -- “falls on deaf ears.” A mother of a deaf university graduate wrote in to say it is “always in a negative context, suggesting those who are in fact deaf … cannot think or are unwilling or unable to respond to ideas or engage in real debate. This loose derogatory language creates the impression that deafness creates a simple, incapable and illiterate mind.”

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What's it like to be a restaurant critic? Q&As with Chris Nuttall-Smith and Alexandra Gill

Food critics Chris Nuttall-Smith and Alexandra Gill hosted Q&As on Friday, shortly after their picks for the best new restaurants were published.

You can see a recap of Nuttall-Smith's Facebook Q&A here and read his list of the top 10 new restaurants in Toronto this year here: tgam.ca/TOtop10

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Public Editor: Readers question relevance of Trudeau nannies story

Sylvia Stead

A few readers this week have wondered why the media, including The Globe and Mail, have been picking on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the nanny issue.

“Trudeau Nannies !!!!!!!!!!!!!” shouted the subject line from one reader’s e-mail.

“Who is managing the Globe and Mail these days and what is wrong with his/her thought process? Is there nothing else to report on but this kind of nonsense?” one said.

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They're back: Stock prices on article pages and press releases

Darcy Keith

We're pleased to bring back two features to our website that we know many users value when tracking their investments.

Press releases have returned to company stock profile pages. A collection of these latest press releases from any publicly traded company can be found in a separate section below Latest Company News. Users can also click on a button to view extended archives of more news articles and press releases.

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Recap: Q&A on our investigation into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women

This Q&A has now ended. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. Below are some of the highlights. See a full recap here.

A few of the questions answered by data journalist Matthew McClearn:

Is the data similar in the U.S. or is this particularly a Canadian issue?

We haven't studied data from the U.S. in any great detail. However, from our conversations with serial predation experts in that country, we know that disadvantaged social groups in that country tend to be overrepresented among the victims of U.S. serial killers. Notably, we've heard that African American women are seriously overrepresented. Academics I spoke with told me that the overrepresentation of marginalized populations among the victims of serial predators was one of the few uncontroversial conclusions from existing research. Serial predation researchers argue about a lot, but they don't argue about that.

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Public Editor: A ‘mastermind’ can be a criminal or a terrorist, too

Sylvia Stead

What’s in a word? More than it may seem. Journalists are constantly reminded that their audience cares greatly about how stories are told.

For example, there was a flurry on social media after intelligence officials referred to Abdelhamid Abaaoud as the “mastermind” of the Paris attacks. People objected to the word and wanted The Globe to ban it from descriptions of terror suspects. (The one in question died a few days later in a police raid.)

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Public Editor: The Globe’s baby boomer series sparks intergenerational debate

SYLVIA STEAD

On Saturday, the centrepiece on the front page of The Globe and Mail pointed to an excellent series called “The Boomer Shift” in Report on Business.

The articles weren’t just for baby boomers but for society at large. The stories were about how this dramatic shift in demographics will reshape our economy and whether governments and Canadians are really ready for the expected economic downturn. The series continues this week.

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Globe wins five international EPPY Awards for digital journalism

Rachel Collier

The Globe and Mail has won five international EPPY Awards for excellence in digital journalism – more than any other news organization in the world.

The Globe was short-listed for a record-breaking 15 EPPY Awards this year, almost doubling its previous highest of eight.

It won Best Daily Newspaper Website with more than one million unique monthly visitors, as well as Best Business Blog for Inside the Market, which is home to market-moving news and investment ideas, written by in-house market strategists Scott Barlow and Jennifer Dowty and other members of our award-winning Report on Business newsroom.

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Public Editor: A mountain of election coverage that covered all the bases

Sylvia Stead

Next week Justin Trudeau will be sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister, but the dust has yet to settle on the lengthy – and fascinating – campaign that brought him to power.

[Read The Globe’s digital timeline of the election campaign.]

The 78 days of electioneering spanned three long weekends, and generated a veritable mountain of coverage. This newspaper alone published no fewer than 231 news and analysis articles, 134 photos and 122 columns, with even more material appearing online.

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