Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2013 3:43PM EST
Last week I asked readers to be reporters for the day and offer (up to) five questions they have for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The questions were personal, political and some I haven’t included because they really should be directed instead to the police and the courts.
Under the personal, here are a few:More »
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 12:36PM EST
A week from today, assuming no appeals or setbacks, readers will be able to see almost all of the 500-page document police have pulled together in their investigation into Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
It’s worth noting that many of the key allegations have come to light so far because national and Toronto media (including The Globe and Mail) hired lawyers to argue that the search warrant documents should be public.More »
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 10:00AM EST
Unlike errors of fact, errors of grammar are not formally corrected on either Page 2 of the newspaper or online. But they can still be cringe-inducing for the writers. In the past few weeks, I had two readers very kindly point out to me that I was wrong in a recent column on Rob Ford. I wrote: “He noted that the investigation that lead to the drug charges ...”More »
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 10:00AM EST
An article in Thursday’s Globe raised eyebrows about whether it was a balanced depiction of a drug treatment. The first issue was the headline, which said in print: From bedridden to Ironman, via a medical miracle. Online, the initial headline said: From bedridden to Ironman: thanks to a miracle medicine. It has since been changed to remove the word “miracle” and say: one man’s journey with spinal arthritis.More »
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 11:50AM EST
The Globe has been publishing a great series The Wealth Paradox, which has sparked a lot of interest from readers. The series has looked at the causes of the rise of the 1 per cent, the consequences for those who are struggling and the solutions and tools for change.
I’ve heard from a few readers and also seen a few comments from those who want to know: how do you define the middle class? If you have other questions on the series, please send them to me and I will put them to Globe writers and editors.More »
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 1:56PM EST
A number of you have written to me to praise, question, encourage or assail The Globe’s coverage of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The comments ranged from readers wanting more tough questions asked, to those who think the media is harassing Mr. Ford. Others echoed Mr. Ford’s political message track that he is a little guy fighting the rich elites while a few wondered why Justin Trudeau isn’t facing the same kind of scrutiny. Let’s deal with a question first:More »
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 4:55PM EST
This week, readers have been riveted by stories about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Some of the news has come from his statements: that he has smoked crack cocaine, that he has purchased illegal drugs while mayor, that he might have driven after drinking (not to mention more vulgar comments such as those on Thursday).More »
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 12:36PM EST
I had a number of readers express frustration last week when comments were closed for legal reasons on all stories related to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The readers wondered why The Globe had closed comments when other organizations had not, and why it allowed comments on the federal Senate scandal, but not on Mr. Ford.More »
Friday, Nov. 08, 2013 5:10PM EST
I asked readers Thursday to let me know their thoughts on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and the media coverage, especially since comments have been closed on the stories for legal reasons. I received dozens of e-mails and thank you for those. I will write a separate blog post soon on the question of closed comments, but for now, there is a split between readers who think the media is savagely attacking the mayor, and others who think reporters are doing the right thing.More »
Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013 10:40AM EST
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has not had a good relationship with the media to say the least. This week he blamed the media for not asking the right questions about his drug use. Of course if you watch videos of reporters chasing Mr. Ford you know that not to be true. City Hall columnist Marcus Gee said “they (reporters) asked him precisely the right question – Have you ever smoked crack? – dozens of times over the past several months.”More »
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 5:35PM EDT
“You did it again!” a reader wrote this week. “What’s with the second photo of a crying baby in a story about flu vaccines in less than a week? How about a photo of a stoic adult, or of a child getting the vaccine via nasal spray? No wonder parents can be hesitant.”
The photo (seen above) was used to illustrate an article explaining that medical professionals are being urged to take the time to explain the scientific facts beyond the value of vaccines and the dangers of not inoculating children. The photo from Oct. 21 showed a crying infant, while the earlier one used Oct. 17 showed a wailing toddler.More »
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 12:04PM EDT
With this article, titled Rio on the rise, The Globe and Mail opened its South America bureau in Rio de Janeiro. But no sooner did veteran foreign correspondent Stephanie Nolen take up her new duties than she received an email from a reader with concerns about language.
The reader was pleased to have “a real, live journalist on the ground in Brazil,” but was concerned about what he called “spelling mistakes.”More »
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 6:22PM EDT
When the Ontario Press Council dismissed complaints against The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star this week for their stories on allegations of drug involvement by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, it said each paper had followed appropriate journalistic guidelines, especially with regards to the use of anonymous sources.More »
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 4:31PM EDT
I’ve heard from a few readers asking about the use of the word none in Friday’s Senate story. Two sentences jumped out: “None of the senators under investigation have been charged in connection with their expense claims” and, later on “None of the senators were in the chamber on Thursday.”
One reader wrote: “That’s the equivalent of ‘No one have …’ I write because the error has occurred frequently lately, and I think it reflects on the quality of the content.”More »
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 4:32PM EDT
Columnists are encouraged to offer strong and often contrary opinions. Their columns are meant to spark a conversation.
And there has been quite a conversation about this week’s Margaret Wente column on John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, the two Canadians who have been released from jail in Egypt and are now free to leave, but were under investigation and could not leave the country at the time the column was published.More »
Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2013 2:23PM EDT
If you are a fan of page A2 in the paper and the corrections online, you will be interested to know how we find out about errors.
As part of my job, I sometimes do the research and generally write the corrections. A large number of corrections come from staff members who spot errors in their work or hear about an error from a source quoted. This is often when you see items correcting titles or the spelling of a name. Staff members do a good job of passing these on to their editors or to me to have the record corrected.More »
Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013 11:35AM EDT
We all know that our language changes constantly. Words come in and out of fashion.
In August, Oxford University Press added selfie, unlike and digital detox among others.
Other words become over-used according to this site on dictionary.com -- words like fiscal cliff, epic, to curate etc.
Then, there are words which made sense years ago but don’t sound right today to some readers.More »
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013 10:51AM EDT
The Globe’s Africa correspondent Geoffrey York has been covering the terrorist attack at Nairobi’s Westgate mall the past few days. With the standoff now over, the story will turn both to the tragic stories of those killed and injured but also more on who the terrorists are and the motivation of the Somali terrorist militia group al-Shabab.More »
Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 11:12AM EDT
A survey of reading habits called the EyeTrack study by the U.S. Poynter Institute found (by tracking where the eyes go on a page) that readers love photos in newspapers. Their eyes “followed a common pattern of navigation. The majority of readers entered all pages through the dominant photo or illustration, then travelled to the dominant headline, then to teasers and cutlines, and finally to the text.”More »
Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 4:25PM EDT
Last week, I wrote about the number of mentions of the three federal party leaders and found many more references to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. That didn’t surprise me because the leader of any country is always much more in the news than any other political leaders. What did seem unusual, though, was that the leader of the third party, Justin Trudeau, has received many more mentions lately than Official Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair.More »