Friday, Jun. 23, 2017 12:34PM EDT
Our language doesn’t stay still. It adapts to a changing world, gains new terms, drops old ones and changes course when a term or phrase is widely acknowledged as hurtful and derogatory.
One of those phrases appeared in the big headline on the front page of the June 15 paper, which read: “Our warnings fell on deaf ears.” The story was about the horrific and deadly fire at the Grenfell social-housing project in London. It quoted a statement from the Grenfell Action Group, a residents’ organization that had predicted a catastrophe like the one that happened.More »
Friday, May. 26, 2017 12:08PM EDT
Here’s a word that has surged in popularity in the last year. It has been used to describe Donald Trump’s ascendancy, the majority vote on Brexit and the second-place showing of Marine Le Pen in this month’s French presidential election.
I’ve seen business articles in The Globe touting “the new age of populism” for improving stock returns. The newspaper has referred to several Canadian Conservative leadership candidates and world leaders as populists – even the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.More »
Friday, May. 12, 2017 12:18PM EDT
A story earlier this week on elderly patients feeling pushed out of hospitals drew a rebuke from an emergency medicine and occupational medicine physician, Dr. Vimal Scott Kapoor.
The story was about an 88-year-old Ontario widower, Ilias Spanidis, who had been in hospital for almost a month when a doctor decided he was free to be discharged following treatment for a spinal fracture. His son disagreed and the dispute ended, according to the son, with hospital officials warning that if the father was not taken to the home they shared, an ambulance would drop him at a homeless shelter.More »
Monday, Apr. 24, 2017 2:35PM EDT
We recently launched a new and improved daily morning feature within our Inside the Market section aimed at keeping readers better informed.
What every Canadian investor needs to know today highlights the latest developments in markets starting before the opening bell and continuing throughout the morning. Updated continuously with fresh data, interactive charting and market-moving news, the feature is intended to give investors a reliable, easily digestible briefing every morning. Look for the latest market action displayed and explained in easy-to-scan sections on equities, commodities, currencies/bonds, economic news and stocks on the move.More »
Friday, Apr. 14, 2017 10:11AM EDT
The Globe’s Robyn Doolittle has followed her series on sexual assault allegations, Unfounded, with classic journalistic doggedness. She continues to ask how police forces are responding to the 20-month investigation that found that one out of every five sex-assault allegations is being dismissed as “unfounded.”More »
Wednesday, Apr. 05, 2017 10:26AM EDT
Images can be more powerful than even a thousand words.
I often hear from readers about photos in The Globe and Mail: from those who believe that some photos show too much violence or too much of the same old thing; from unhappy readers who note when the Sports section is all men for too many days in a row; from happy readers when they see women on a Sports front. I myself wonder, sometimes, why a photo accompanying a story about something like the unemployment rate couldn’t have been of a woman rather than a man.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017 1:09PM EDT
Globe readers had reason to be confused this week. A few were puzzled by two instances of columnists who were writing either opinion, analysis or politics. So now you are probably confused too.
A little background: Campbell Clark is The Globe and Mail’s chief political writer. He writes several times a week, mostly opinion, but sometimes if it runs on the front page it’s labelled analysis. John Ibbitson is a writer in the Ottawa bureau who regularly writes columns or analysis and occasionally news stories. Adam Radwanski is a political feature writer who mostly writes analysis.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 »
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 »
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 11:55AM EST
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.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 »
Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2016 7:24PM EDT
Last week, The Globe and Mail ran a feature in the Life section in a series called “It Happened to Me.” It was an interview with comedian Cathy Jones about experiencing the symptoms of vaginal atrophy.
The story included an interview with Dr. Vivien Brown, an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Toronto and president of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. It did not reference any medication by name, although Dr. Brown did discuss various hormonal and non-hormonal treatments.More »
Friday, Sep. 23, 2016 12:17PM EDT
They’re just a few words at the top of the articles, but headlines attract more than their share of complaints. Readers complain that they are too political or not political enough. They fail to tell the whole story, they miss the point of the story, or the tone is really off.
On Wednesday, I had a complaint about this headline: “Russia likely responsible for attack on aid convoy, U.S. says.” The reader complained that the word “likely” revealed speculation. I told him that The New York Times Service article said that Obama administration sources think there is a “high probability” the Russians were responsible. So the speculation is from government officials, not the headline writer – and I think the headline was accurate and fair.More »
Thursday, Sep. 08, 2016 6:43PM EDT
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.More »
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 8:45PM EDT
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.More »
Friday, Jul. 29, 2016 5:31PM EDT
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.)More »