Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 7:19PM EST
Last Thursday, the main story on the top of the newspaper was wrong. It said the RCMP had declined to mount an audit of recent sexual-assault complaints.
Following The Globe’s series Unfounded on the high number of sexual assault complaints that are dismissed in some jurisdictions, police departments were being asked if they planned to review previous cases and a number said they would.More »
Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 6:26PM EST
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.More »
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 11:42PM EST
In these times of political spin, contradictions, obfuscation and, at times, outright lies, readers expect to see not only the articles, but also the headlines, reflect the truth as best they can.
A British Columbia reader wrote to me this week calling on The Globe to pay closer attention to the big type. This was on a story about BC Premier Christy Clark who accused the New Democrats of hacking her party’s website.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2017 12:34PM EST
Today and yesterday, the website and the front page of the newspaper have been and are dominated by extensive coverage of the attack on the Quebec City mosque. Much more coverage is and will be done in the coming hours and days and readers still have many questions: mostly about motive, but also what kind of weapon and where did the shooter get it?More »
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 2:26PM EST
The President of the United States has declared a “running war with the media.”
He called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on Earth” for their accurate reporting that the crowds at his inauguration were smaller than at Obama’s eight years ago.
His newly installed press secretary, Sean Spicer, in the briefing room in the White House, falsely said last week saw “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe.” On NBC on Sunday, Chuck Todd of Meet the Press asked Mr. Trump’s aide Kellyanne Conway why Mr. Spicer had uttered “a provable falsehood.” Her response? Mr. Spicer had been presenting “alternative facts.” (After that statement, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 soared to sixth on the Amazon list.)More »
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 4:17PM EST
A reader on Twitter raised this “Language check” question yesterday. “Why is a move to Status of Women necessarily a ‘demotion?’ ” Demotion was a description used by Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife to describe Maryam Monsef’s move from democratic institutions minister to status of women minister.
He noted that Ms. Monsef “was widely criticized for the way she handled the government’s plans to change the voting system.” If you’ve forgotten, here’s a video link to the controversy. Mr. Fife said he used that word because she is moving from a very controversial ministry to one with little or no controversy.More »
Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 12:29PM EST
The number of corrections in The Globe and Mail has inched up this year, perhaps 10 per cent more than last, but frankly I was surprised it wasn’t higher.
In May, The Globe introduced a link on every online article asking readers to report a typo, error or concern; given there were more than 5,000 of those clicks, I expected many more corrections.More »
Friday, Dec. 09, 2016 3:59PM EST
I’ve heard criticism this week from doctors and other readers upset with our coverage of the death of Dr. Elana Fric Shamji, a highly regarded family physician and associate professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Fric Shamji was found dead late last week, and her husband has been charged with her murder.More »
Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 1:34PM EST
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.)More »
Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 2:37PM EST
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.”More »
Friday, Nov. 04, 2016 1:03PM EDT
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.More »
Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 9:09AM EDT
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.More »
Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2016 5:05PM EDT
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.More »
Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2016 2:46PM EDT
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.
Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 12:45AM EDT
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.More »
Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016 4:04PM EDT
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.More »
Sunday, Sep. 18, 2016 10:03AM EDT
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.More »
Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016 5:56PM EDT
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.More »