Do newsrooms want to be disconnected artists, or make a difference in the lives of the communities they serve? That almost seems like a rhetorical question but when a media association executive posed it at a gathering of journalists, he received a good deal of reaction from the audience. At CBC News, we know that stories and programs have a much greater impact when people can relate them to their own lives.
I was fascinated by Dan Rowe's post earlier this week on J-Source entitled "What Peter Mansbridge's CAPP speaking fee says about his news judgment". He fails to live up to the journalist ethic he himself espouses, and indeed is tasked with teaching others, when he makes baseless suggestions that CBC News is somehow ignoring the issue of climate change.
We've received a number of questions in recent weeks about Rex Murphy and his views on the oil industry. People have taken note that among his various public engagements, Rex has delivered speeches supportive of oilsands developments based on their economic benefit. And he's been critical of those opponents who, he believes, overstate the environmental dangers.
The CBC Ombudsman told us today that CBC News needs to do better when it comes to reporting on public opinion polls. At the heart of the issue is how we treat polls on one of our very best programs - Power and Politics with Evan Solomon. As part of our daily examination of the political landscape, the program offers analysis of newsworthy research on issues and politicians in the spotlight. This adds insight and perspective that otherwise might not come out.
Something amazing has been happening in the CBC News commenting community over the last 6 months. The number of people commenting and the number of comments being posted has been growing exponentially. In fact, in the last six months, the volume of comments has doubled. CBC News reporting and story-telling is increasingly becoming the starting point for national conversation.
In the delicate dialogue which media conduct daily with various levels of government, reporters sometimes come away with a feeling they are being misled.It's not every day that proof of this suspicion surfaces. But that's exactly what happened in a recent story CBC reported on the testing of organic fruits and vegetables.
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