Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014 12:39PM EDT
A reader from Stratford, Ont., asked this question about travel articles: “Increasingly travel articles in The Globe contain the disclaimer that the writer was a guest of the featured hotel or service, but that the article was not reviewed or approved by the said hotel or service. … Why is this acceptable for travel articles, and apparently car reviewers, when it would be clearly a violation of journalistic integrity if it was done, for example, in the political realm, or for theatre reviews. How would we feel to read, ‘The reviewer of the play was the guest of the Stratford Festival Theatre, but the article was not reviewed or approved by Antoni Cimolino [artistic director of the Stratford Festival]?’ ”More »
Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 12:37PM EDT
A reader from London, Ont., wrote this week to say she was annoyed with the weekend photo essay on the Toronto International Film Festival that featured eight photos: four centred on male stars, two fan photos and two showing the shoes of women stars.
“Two female stars and only their feet. Come on! Haven’t we got past the days when women are portrayed as clothes horses? You can do much better than that. Review the whole front section of the Saturday paper and you will notice a similar lack of effort to portray women’s faces – oh, except the gamine on the front page. Your unconscious omission has significant consequences. Both men and women are seeing with their eyes that only men are newsworthy. Shame!”More »
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014 9:36AM EDT
Scots are headed to the polls on Sept. 18 to vote on one question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Canada is home to 4.7 million people of Scottish descent so we decided to ask some of them whether they would vote yes or no, and why.( For a primer on the vote, including what would happen if either side wins, click here.)More »
Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 1:06PM EDT
For the past few weeks, we have been experiencing a range of issues with the commenting system on our site. These issues include:
- not being able to post comments
- not being able to see comments (or disappearing comments)
- not being able to use the thumbs up/thumbs down voting
These issues are affecting various browsers and operating systems and we’ve heard reports that they are sporadic (meaning functionality may be restored for periods of time, only to disappear again later).More »
Thursday, Sep. 04, 2014 11:23AM EDT
I regularly hear from readers who complain that The Globe and Mail misses accents on Spanish, German or several other languages. They argue especially that an accent is often part of a name and is well known with someone like Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, which includes a tilde on the “n” in Pena.More »
Tuesday, Sep. 02, 2014 10:19PM EDT
This callout is now closed. Select results have been published here.
On Sept. 18, Scots will be asked to vote on whether their country should be independent from the U.K. Are you one of the 4.7 million Canadians of Scottish descent? We want to know how you would vote, why and what your heritage means to you. Fill out the form below and your responses may be included in an upcoming article.More »
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 12:46PM EDT
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 11:48AM EDT
The Globe’s Editorial Board Editor Tony Keller and selected Toronto voters asked tough questions of Toronto’s 2014 mayoral candidates: Rob Ford; John Tory; Olivia Chow; and David Soknacki.
Watch a replay of the debate below (scroll to 9:13 mark). Or read just the highlights.More »
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 12:31PM EDT
In a normal election campaign of a few weeks duration, The Globe and Mail and other media do their best to level the playing field in terms of news coverage. Editors monitor the number and relative prominence of stories and photos on the major party leaders and the Prime Minister or Premiers. News media have a responsibility to inform the public about their voting choices but also to present a balanced picture.More »
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 4:30PM EDT
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 10:26AM EDT
Burger King and Tim Hortons have inked a $12.5-billion merger deal, which got many Canadians fearing for the fate of their beloved Timmies. The companies said both brands will operate independently, but that didn't stop readers from speculating on what might change.More »
Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014 10:45AM EDT
Submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. You will be notified if yours was selected for inclusion in the debate on Sept. 4. Follow @GlobeToronto for live coverage of the event, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. You can watch a live stream of the debate here.
The Globe and Mail and Toronto Region Board of Trade are hosting a debate with Toronto's leading mayoral candidates: Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory. The debate will focus on transportation issues, job creation, city services and infrastructure, and narrowing the gap between the most and least affluent in the region, and we want to pose your question.More »
Tuesday, Aug. 05, 2014 12:42PM EDT
This callout is now closed. Thanks to everyone for your submissions - you can view them here.
Summer is nearing an end, but we're not quite ready to let it go (we're guessing you're not either). Let's celebrate everyone's favourite season with photos from one of the most quintessential summer pastimes: outdoor music festivals. From Squamish Valley to Osheaga to Evolve and beyond, use the form below to send us your pics and tell us a bit about them; we'd love to feature it in an upcoming project.More »
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 12:15PM EDT
I heard this week from both health-care professionals and readers about the coverage of Robin Williams’s suicide after my earlier blog and it reinforced to me that the writers must always think of the audience. The readership reflects society and many are personally dealing with depression and other illnesses.More »
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 11:33AM EDT
Every suicide is a tragedy. It shows how hard life can be for some people, how much they struggle with finding joy and happiness and how unrelenting mental illness can be. And it causes a great deal of pain to many people who loved that person and tried to help.
In the case of Robin Williams’s suicide, it is a very wide tragedy because so many people loved his humour and sense of fun, but also a very wide opportunity for the media to talk about this public health issue.More »
Thursday, Aug. 07, 2014 12:13PM EDT
So, just how many people were at two recent events in the country? The short answer is, it depends on a rough estimate and who is doing the estimate.
One reader was annoyed that a story on a poll mentioning Ford Fest said hundreds of people showed up to get free food and shake hands with the Toronto mayor.More »
Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014 12:55PM EDT
We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new tablet app: The Globe and Mail Android Edition.
This app features a completely new design, focused on delivering the best possible reading experience across all Android tablets. Here are a few of the goals we had in mind when building this app:More »
Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 1:35PM EDT
The Middle East is a complex, complicated and very sensitive part of the world for news coverage. So news media must be careful to get the facts right and be cognizant of balance at all times.
On Monday, The Globe and Mail made a mistake in its front-page headline. It said, “Defying Hamas, thousands flee Gaza.”More »
Friday, Jul. 11, 2014 12:52PM EDT
An article about the Houston-area shooting that left two adults and four children dead this week prompted a reader to wonder why the story drew a distinction between biological and adopted children.
The article said, “All of the children were theirs, while two were adopted.”
As an adoptive parent, the reader said, “I shuddered when I read this, in particular the ‘while two were adopted.’ ”More »
Friday, Jul. 11, 2014 10:41AM EDT
The Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and basketball fans everywhere are waiting for word from Lebron James. To pass the time, fans are entertaining themselves with things that will happen before Lebron decides.More »