Category: Politics

Protecting Journalistic Content

Categories: Canada, Featured, Journalism, Politics

Tags: How We Work

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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

Tags: How We Work

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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

Tags: How We Work

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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

Tags: How We Work

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.

BACKSTORY 2014: Behind the biggest news events of the year

Categories: Canada, Health, Journalism, Politics, World

Tags: How We Work

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Malaysian Airlines. Vladimir Putin. Ebola. Sochi. Rob Ford. Nathan Cirillo. Names and stories behind the biggest news events of 2014. Every news story is inherently dramatic, and this year's presented some notable journalistic challenges. CBC correspondents are sharing those challenges with you in a series of segments and specials we're calling BACKSTORY 2014.

How to expose a privacy breach - responsibly

Categories: Canada, Journalism, Politics

Tags: How We Work

Privacy breach-small.jpgFor months our Parliamentary Bureau has been doggedly investigating Canada Revenue Agency's pursuit of charities. But when the Agency accidentally provided sensitive tax information about some of Canada's best known artists and political figures, we were faced with a question. Should we name those whose privacy had been breached?

When is a 'war' not a war?

Categories: Canada, Journalism, Politics, World

Tags: How We Work

cf-18-small.jpgAs Canada prepares to send fighter aircraft and support staff to Iraq to join in the fight against the Islamic State, journalists are debating what words to use when describing what Canada is going to be involved in. Is it simply "airstrikes"? A "combat mission"? Or should we refer to it as a "war"? This is the sort of issue that arises all the time in a newsroom. The words we choose matter. But those choices are often quite contentious, because the world is full of conflicts and contradictions.


Covering the Ebola story: A Unique Challenge

Categories: Health, Journalism, Politics, Technology & Science, World

Tags: How We Work

Adrienne-small.jpgIt's been 10 months since the first cases of Ebola surfaced in west Africa yet few Western journalists have ventured to the stricken zones to cover this dangerous story. By mid-August we decided that reporting from afar wasn't enough. But establishing effective safety protocols and a workable coverage plan was complex - so much so, that last night was Adrienne Arsenault's first report from the region. 

My first day on the World at Six

Categories: Canada, Journalism, Politics, World

Tags: How We Work

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It's been an amazing few days for me. As word went out about my new role as host of the World at Six, the feedback poured in - from colleagues, friends, family and, most humbling, from so many CBC viewers and listeners across the country.

Holding Power to Account

Categories: Business, Canada, Community, Journalism, Politics

Tags: How We Work, Investigative

Wpg wide shot-small2.jpgMore 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.