You'll see something a little different today on our website - we're dedicating a section to opinion columns. The goal is to give our audience a destination for intelligent, provocative debate and commentary on the issues of the day. To do so, we'll be calling on a diverse range of contributors - most of them freelancers.
Before that award-winning story appears on your smartphone, radio or TV, CBC journalists have discussed, deliberated and debated the best way to tell our stories to Canadians. In journalism, the answers are rarely clear-cut and it's not an easy process. But it is always a fascinating one, and we want to share it with you. That's the motivation behind the event being held on Friday, Sept. 30: CBC Asks: Getting The Real Story - How do we do it?
Nearly three years ago, we launched a special section of our website, dedicated to stories and issues about the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada. Our goal in creating CBC Aboriginal was to better engage and reflect this vibrant community. And 11 million page views later, we feel even more strongly that this has been a necessary addition to our journalism.Today, though - a little tweak.
CBC has heard from a number of Canadians concerned about our commenting space, the use of pseudonyms, and some audience submissions that violated our guidelines around hate speech, particularly with respect to the francophone community in New Brunswick.
Today we made the difficult decision to temporarily close comments on stories about indigenous people. We hope to reopen them in mid-January after we've had some time to review how these comments are moderated and to provide more detailed guidance to our moderators.I want to explain our rationale for taking this unusual step.
Our Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge wasn't on the set as host of The National last night. Instead he was a few blocks away, being inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame. At last night's event, he gave a speech showcasing many of the attributes that his colleagues appreciate every day. But the heart of his remarks were about the future of the CBC.
CBC News has recognized the importance of Facebook and other social media platforms and has built the largest social following of any news organization in the country.
However, CBC News cannot always control what happens to our journalism when it is shared by a social audience.
CBC News, our approach to election campaigns the past few years has included paying special attention to voter engagement.
It's not our job to push Canadians toward one position or another. We want only to inform Canadians so they can draw their own conclusions
Today, CBC/Radio-Canada asked Facebook and YouTube to take down a political ad that not only uses CBC's news footage but also re-edits it. When a TV clip of an interview of a party leader, shows up in another party's advertising edited in a way that shifts the context of the facts, this may cause viewer confusion and even suspicion about our journalism, and the intentions of journalists. It can damage our credibility, independence and integrity as neutral participants.
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