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Public Editor: The Globe will avoid racist term alt-right

SYLVIA STEAD

On Monday, The Globe and Mail issued this note to all editorial staff:

The term alt-right refers to a collection of groups or individuals espousing racist, fascist or white-supremacist ideologies.

We should avoid this term as much as possible.

If we must use it, in a quote, for example, we should provide a definition of the term.

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A new approach to reader comments on The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail is changing the way users leave comments on articles.

While other news sites have abandoned reader comments altogether, we feel there is value in maintaining a place for readers to debate the topics we report on and tell us what they think of our journalism.

We are adopting a new platform from Civil Comments, which relies on the community of commenters to self-moderate.

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We must call the ‘alt-right’ what it is: fascist, racist, white supremacist

Sylvia Stead

Should journalists use made-up words?

Sometimes yes. Language changes constantly, and so words such as “post-truth” and “yogalates” come into the vernacular and should be used and explained until they are well understood. (Post-truth: when emotions, beliefs and even lies trump facts as the drivers of public opinion. Yogalates: yoga and Pilates combined.)

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Public Editor: Reader was right to note lack of balance

SYLVIA STEAD

Earlier this week, a reader complained about an article published online about a diamond mine in Northern Ontario. She works in the North in resources and said she knows communities are divided on the subject of development in general and its impact on indigenous people.

The article is about a diamond mine near the indigenous community of Attawapiskat. The headline says, “Diamond mines give economic sparkle to Canada’s north.”

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Public Editor: Thank you, readers, for suggesting we look at solitary confinement

SYLVIA STEAD

In June, I asked readers what issues they felt should go under the media microscope. The Globe and Mail had been honoured for its work on military men and women suffering from post-traumatic stress and from its coverage of indigenous women, but there is always much more to do.

A couple of readers suggested solitary confinement and I passed those messages on to the senior editors.

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Public Editor: Shooting the messenger: Trump’s toxic impact on journalism

SYLVIA STEAD

In just over a week, the United States will go to the polls in an election that has been unprecedented – not just because of the bizarre nature of the campaign, but because of the impact it has had on journalists, both personally and professionally, in their everyday jobs.

Reporters know that, when campaigning, politicians often spin the facts to their advantage, shade the truth and omit the bad news. But this election is different. Members of the media have been forced outside their comfort zone – reporting what each side says – to consider what fairness and balance are really all about.

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How to apply for The Globe and Mail's 2017 summer job program

Melissa Stasiuk

Applications are now closed. Thank you.

The Globe and Mail is looking to hire reporters, editors, visual specialists and designers for the summer of 2017. These are fully paid jobs and not internships. We are seeking freelance writers and editors, experienced journalists from other organizations, recent graduates or students in their graduating year.

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Introducing 'GloBot,' The Globe and Mail's new Facebook Messenger chatbot

Shannon Busta and Michael Pereira

The Globe and Mail is experimenting with a new way to give you information about the U.S. election. Introducing “GloBot,” our Facebook Messenger chatbot.

Why should I sign up for GloBot?
GloBot is designed to send you one message a day related to our coverage of the U.S. election. These messages will be sent to you via Facebook Messenger. Messages will summarize what you should know today about the U.S. Election. For fun, GloBot will occasionally offer up a quiz question or two.

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The Globe and Mail wins three Jack Webster Awards

STAFF

Three Vancouver-based reporters from The Globe and Mail are among the winners of this year’s Jack Webster Awards, which recognize journalism excellence in British Columbia.

Globe reporter Kathy Tomlinson won in the Best News Reporting of the Year, Print category, for her investigative reports about problems in the B.C. real estate industry.

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Public Editor: Evidence suggests Jays game racism story is fair

SYLVIA STEAD

I get a lot of passionate e-mails from readers, especially sports fans and political partisans, who have strong feelings about whether a column is fair or a story is accurate.

This week, the story that garnered that heat was about the Toronto Blue Jays’ wild card victory on Tuesday night. Not about whether a beer can was thrown near Baltimore outfielder Hyun Soo Kim – there is video evidence for all to see – but about the report that racial slurs had been hurled toward Mr. Kim and another Baltimore outfielder, Adam Jones.

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The Globe wins online journalism award for coverage of missing and murdered indigenous women

STAFF

The Globe and Mail’s coverage of missing and murdered indigenous women has won a prestigious international award from the Online News Association. 

The Globe was the only Canadian media outlet to be recognized this year among an international field.

The New York Times took home five awards. Other winners include The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and the Texas Tribune. The University of British Columbia’s graduate journalism program was honoured with a student award. 

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Public Editor: The call for more Paralympic coverage

SYLVIA STEAD

Sports readers always have strong opinions about the most important story, what demands coverage and how prominent it should be. Football across the country, hockey of course, baseball across North America, U.K. cricket, women’s golf, especially Brooke Henderson: The list goes on.

This week the call is for more Paralympic coverage. Last week, there was at least one story or photo every day from the day before it opened in Rio de Janeiro: story and photo of the Canadian flag-bearer David Eng and stories and photos of the opening day, including a story on the swimmers.

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Public Editor: At The Globe, Dr. doesn’t just mean medical doctors

SYLVIA STEAD

A recent story about tax law was criticized for a mistake about a name by one of the story subjects and she was right.

The reporter spoke to three experts about whether Olympic medalists should be taxed for their bonuses they received if they made the podium. The experts were all referred to as Mr. or Ms. in the article even though one of them, Lindsay Tedds, is identified as associate professor at the University of Victoria’s school of public administration. She should have been described as either Prof. or Dr. on second reference.

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What questions do you have about investing in today's markets?

 

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Public editor: Getting late evening news and photos into a newspaper

Sylvia Stead

Penny Oleksiak, the 16-year-old swimming sensation, is a shining star. Readers can’t get enough news stories, features and photos of this phenomenal athlete.

But a few readers have not been that happy with The Globe’s coverage.

Last Saturday’s front-page photo was a portrait shot by freelancer Darren Calabrese. Set against a black background, Ms. Oleksiak looks strong and confident with a serious gaze at the camera. She is wearing her Canadian racing suit with black shorts.

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Public Editor: Should The Globe fix or ban online comments?

Sylvia Stead

As a rule, journalists love feedback – concrete evidence that the fruit of their labour is not only finding an audience, but having an impact. And yet there is nothing quite as divisive as the comments that are posted directly to stories online.

For anyone not that familiar with them, think a mix of talk radio and the more heated debates conducted on social media. The views expressed are quick and, at times, emotional responses to the issue of the day. And on some subjects, such as politics and sports, they become agitated and partisan pretty quickly. (Much like the House of Commons during Question Period.)

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Who would you nominate for Canada's favourite gym teacher?

 

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How are you paying for postsecondary education?

How are Canadian families and students paying for the increasingly high cost of college or university? Answer these questions and help us find out. We'll report back on the findings.

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Public editor: A banner year for investigative journalism

Sylvia Stead

It has been a banner year for investigative journalism in Canada. Witness the recent spate of awards for work that uncovers malfeasance or shines a light on deeply ingrained societal prejudices and problems.

This is an area where the established media excel – if only because it takes time, often months of investigation, and a real commitment to get beyond the daily news.

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