The recordings packed a huge punch. A court ruled that 911 tapes connected with the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school would be released to the public. It said that while the tapes would be "a searing reminder of the horror and pain of that awful day" they would also underscore the bravery of the first responders involved. That pretty much summed up the balance that editorial leaders here at CBC News had to strike in deciding what portions -- if any -- we'd run.
Everybody knows we've had big news stories lately. Stories about the typhoon in the Philippines and the mayor of Toronto have spurred lots of reaction. Sometimes, though, the most interesting debates about journalism arise from stories with a lower profile. We want to share a couple of recent rulings from the CBC Ombudsman that focus on choices we made when we told two such stories about airline bumping and campus politics.
Of course no two days are the same. That is what makes journalism invigorating, if not addictive. But a press conference held by the chief police in Toronto showcased what has to happen to deliver fast-paced accurate news in a multi-platform environment.
At CBC News, it's a given: we're the public broadcaster, and constructive criticism is part of life. That's part of our contract with Canadians--always to be open and responsive to the feedback we get, positive and negative alike. But sometimes, it's hard to know what to make of a reaction. Right now, for instance, CBC News in Newfoundland and Labrador is taking flak from the province and the police, and the reasoning behind it has us puzzled.
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