Covering the Ottawa Train-Bus Crash

Categories: Canada, Journalism

Tags: How We Work

crash2-small.jpgIt was 8:55 in the newsroom on a bright, still September morning. Our assignment editor was getting ready for the daily 9am story meeting when she noticed a flashing BBM message from a friend. It read "Big crash bus train Woodroffe." Immediately, the assignment editor dispatched a camera operator to the crash site.

So began our coverage of this tragic event.

The facts about our coverage of the search for Franklin

Categories: Canada

Tags: Coverage, Policy

franklin-220.jpgWe find ourselves being asked if we were being paid to do news stories that flattered Parks Canada. The answer to that is an emphatic NO. We do not get paid to provide coverage. Ever.

A note on CBC's decision to broadcast our interview with Terry Woodard

Categories: Journalism

Tags: Policy

SI-Woodards-220.jpgYesterday we interviewed Terry Woodard, the wife of Dave Woodard, the bus driver who was killed in Wednesday morning's terrible accident. We have heard from many people who are uncomfortable with our decision to include the interview in our coverage of this tragedy. We think it is important to explain the thinking behind that decision.

Getting a Fair Deal

Categories: Journalism

Tags: Policy

SI-Photog-istock-220.jpgUnless you're an expert in copyright legislation, or happen to have taken a media law course lately, you're probably unfamiliar with the phrase "fair dealing".    Simply put, fair dealing involves what might be considered exemptions to copyright law.    Those exemptions include copyrighted material used for purposes of education, private study, reviews of artistic performances, satire, and news reporting.

Update on technical difficulties at CBCNews.ca

Categories: Canada, Journalism, Technology & Science

Tags: How We Work

Polopoly2-small.jpgThis weekend marks a very big change for digital teams across the country that get the digital news to you each and every day. This morning, we moved to a new content management system - the tool we use to publish our stories and video and interactive graphics to the website and digital properties. The new tool will allow us to post more quickly and give us greater flexibility.

Ruling on CBC's Rob Ford coverage

Categories: Canada, Journalism

Tags: How We Work, Ombudsman, Policy

ford-video-small.jpgIf you fancy yourself a media-watcher, chances are you were paying attention to an event in Toronto this week. The Ontario Press Council held hearings to investigate how two newspapers covered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his family. The most high-profile story was about a video that purported to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine. Well, the CBC Ombudsman issued a report  on how we handled that story here at CBC News.

The evolution of the Chelsea / Bradley Manning story

Categories: Canada, Journalism

Tags: How We Work

chelsea-bradley-manning-small.jpgNormally, speed is of the essence in a successful news service. But sometimes, speed isn't everything. Sometimes we have to make the judgement call to slow things down just a bit. The case of the American soldier at the centre of the WikiLeaks case is a great example.

How to land a job out of j-school

Categories: Canada, Journalism

Tags: How We Work

justincbc-small.pngAnyone thinking of attending journalism school should know one thing: if you want a job when you graduate be prepared to hustle. That's precisely how I turned an internship at CBC News Network into a paying gig.

Building on our strengths: the CBC News Parliamentary Bureau

Categories: Canada, Journalism

Tags: How We Work

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Rob Russo was recently appointed Managing Editor of the CBC News Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa.

Any new Ottawa bureau chief is going to be humbled. The political operation was built by CBC giants. But anyone looking to emulate their example must be prepared to earn the confidence they and others established with our bosses, the Canadian taxpayer.

CBC partners with University of Winnipeg to hold investigative journalism conference

Categories: Canada, Journalism

Tags: How We Work, Investigative

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At CBC News, some of our most serious and provocative journalism is of the investigative variety. We also think it's important to be transparent in our methods, and to have broad discussions with the public about how we do our work. That is one of the reasons the CBC is partnering with the University of Winnipeg to host a conference next June entitled: Holding Power to Account: International Conference on Investigative Journalism, Democracy and Human Rights.