Category: Journalism

The Next Phase of Commenting at CBC

Categories: Canada, Community, Featured, Journalism

laptop-small.jpgIn March, the CBC announced it would phase out the use of pseudonyms in comments on our various websites across English and French services. There's another important change coming June 13th: we will reset our online communities across CBC.ca, including the CBC News site. Moving forward, all community members will be asked to use real names when commenting on our pages.

Reviewing our commenting policy

Categories: Canada, Community, Journalism, Politics

hi-comments-red-thumb-220x123-309682.jpgCBC 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.

Uncivil dialogue: Commenting and stories about indigenous people

Categories: Canada, Community, Journalism, Politics

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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.

Peter Mansbridge, Hall of Famer

Categories: Canada, Community, Journalism, World

Mansbridge-small.jpgOur 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.

CBC News responds to Facebook hoax

Categories: Journalism

CBC News has recognized the importance of Facebook and other social media platforms and has built the largest social following of any news organization in the country. 

However, CBC News cannot always control what happens to our journalism when it is shared by a social audience.

Fairness and balance drive election coverage

Categories: Canada, Journalism, Politics

Duceppe, Harper, May, Mulcair and TrudeauCBC News, our approach to election campaigns the past few years has included paying special attention to voter engagement.

It's not our job to push Canadians toward one position or another. We want only to inform Canadians so they can draw their own conclusions

Protecting Journalistic Content

Categories: Canada, Journalism, Politics

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Today, CBC/Radio-Canada asked Facebook and YouTube to take down a political ad that not only uses CBC's news footage but also re-edits it. When a TV clip of an interview of a party leader, shows up in another party's advertising edited in a way that shifts the context of the facts, this may cause viewer confusion and even suspicion about our journalism, and the intentions of journalists. It can damage our credibility, independence and integrity as neutral participants.

Responding to a Journalistic Menace

Categories: Community, Journalism, Politics

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Broadcast journalists face an array of professional challenges on the job.  From nailing down facts to coping with unforeseen circumstances and deadline pressures. Mostly these things are all in a day's work for CBC's well-trained staff.  But finding yourself the target of deliberate, public, sexist verbal assaults while doing your job is a menace few journalists imagine having to face. How to respond? 

Why We Didn't Bleep the N-Word

Categories: Journalism, Politics, World

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As journalists we generally avoid using ethnic and racial slurs, labels used to belittle, shame and deride "other people". One such word, a slur against black people, would be described in TV and radio reports as "the n-word" and online as n----r. An exceptional occasion arose this week when U.S. President Barack Obama used that word in full. Here is why we decided to do so too.

#YouKnowHerName - Behind the legal fight to name Rehtaeh Parsons

Categories: Canada, Journalism, Politics

rehtaeh_parsons3-small.jpgMedia lawyers help journalists do their jobs responsibly, and they contribute to the democratic process by pressing the legal system to be transparent. One of the more interesting court battles of late was over a publication ban in a high-profile court case in Nova Scotia. CBC lawyer Anne Ko tells us how CBC and other media organizations worked together so we could tell the audience about what really happened to Rehtaeh Parsons.