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.
More than 320 people from 15 countries packed into a conference on investigative journalism in Winnipeg and heard a consistent message: holding powerful interests to account is essential to democracy. The opening tone was set by Peter Mansbridge who said that even in tough economic times, news organizations must continue to invest in serious reporting and investigative journalism.
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