The Boston Marathon bombings resulted in some of the best, and the worst, journalism in recent memory. The Boston Globe earned kudos for its work while other news organizations reported uncorroborated information and severely tarnished their reputations. Media organizations faced a similar challenge when journalists reported seeing a video allegedly showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. This gave us pause because this wasn't a story we could ignore - or verify.
When news broke that there was a video supposedly showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, CBC News went to work to cover it. One thing CBC News hasn't done--and will not do--is try to buy the video. Our position is clear: the CBC doesn't participate in chequebook journalism.
Marissa Nelson is the new Senior Director of Digital here at CBC News. She recently returned from the International Symposium of Online Journalism held each year in Austin, Texas. One of the topics they discussed there was how to build "engagement" with readers.
As we mentioned in our previous Editor's Blog entry about the British Columbia election, CBC News regularly monitors its election coverage to ensure we are fair to all parties. This is part of our promise as stated in our Journalistic Standards and Practices. We also promised to update you about our coverage after the election.
We receive lots of letters and phone calls about language. Some involve grammar, preferred spelling, pronunciation and the like. Others deal with tricky word choice. Blair Shewchuk, our standards editor, looks after the CBC's Language Guide. We asked him to guide us through how we make decisions.
Our employees are human and, like all Canadians, have the right to have views on all sorts of things. It is however paramount for CBC journalists to also be in a position to report fairly and neutrally. Many situations are far from cut and dried. Is it a conflict simply because you are paid for speaking, for expenses or for travel to a speaking engagement?
There are many well-known journalists who have left a legacy at CBC News. Some are well known to the public. Others are better recognized for their innovation and for the talent they helped nurture. Joan Donaldson's career was tragically cut short over two decades ago but her enduring impact is commemorated by the premier journalism scholarship program which is named in her memory.
Population patterns in Canada are constantly evolving. We need - and are - constantly finding innovative ways to reflect Canadians where they live and bring them stories from other parts of the country and world that have an impact on their lives. This map breaks down the different levels of service we provide in each station and bureau.
Most Canadians are aware of the bigger stations like Toronto and Vancouver that produce news stories and programs for radio, television and digital platforms. But many of you are not as familiar with our smaller operations. CBC North is one of them, a small team that serves a very large community, helping to make our service truly coast to coast to coast. Here's a look at them and their award-winning work.
At CBC News, we know that when a big story happens, Canadians turn to us for accurate and insightful coverage. An election campaign is one of those times. Right now, there's a hotly-contested provincial election underway in British Columbia. We're giving it thorough and in-depth coverage, of course, but we also have measures in place to ensure that our coverage is fair to all parties. Here's how we do it.
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