About CBC News
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1941, CBC News is Canada's publicly owned news and information service. We are rooted in every region of the country and report on Canada and the world to provide a Canadian perspective on news and current affairs.
Our mission is to inform, to reveal, to contribute to the understanding of issues of public interest and to encourage citizens to participate in our free and democratic society.
We have journalists stationed in over 40 cities across Canada. We also have bureaus in London, Beijing, Washington, New York City, Los Angeles and Moscow.
CBC News uses pop-up bureaus as well, with reporters who fly in when a story occurs beyond our existing bureaus.
You can read updates from our editor in chief and executive director of daily news, Brodie Fenlon, on this page.
STAFF AND DIVERSITY
CBC News is committed to accurately reflecting the range of experiences and points of view of all citizens. All Canadians, of whatever origins, perspectives and beliefs, should feel that our news and current affairs coverage is relevant to them and lives up to our principles.
We have a special responsibility to reflect regional and cultural diversity, as well as fostering respect and understanding across regions.
In a world where the line of what constitutes journalism appears to be increasingly blurred, CBC/Radio-Canada holds itself to the highest standards of journalistic practices.
All employees of CBC News, as well as the content they create, must respect the principles of accuracy, fairness, balance, impartiality and integrity as expressed through the Journalistic Standards and Practices.
We are aware of the impact of our work and are honest with our audiences. We do not hesitate to correct any mistake when necessary nor to follow up a story when a situation changes significantly. We do not plagiarize.
You can find links to report a correction or typo at the bottom of any CBC News story. Our policy on corrections are enshrined within our Journalistic Standards and Practices.
The office of the ombudsman reviews our practices against the standards set out in our Journalistic Standards and Practices. We openly provide the public with the means to judge and hold us to account by sharing with it how we measure the quality and standards of our journalism.
If you wish to make a complaint or raise a concern regarding News or Current Affairs content, you may write to or email our independent ombudsman, who is responsible for ensuring compliance to the CBC/Radio-Canada Journalistic Standards and Practices.
CBC News is a member of the Trust Project, an international consortium of news organizations collaborating to use transparency as a way to educate readers and promote news that lives up to fairness and accuracy.
The Trust Project is developing tools that help users differentiate high-quality news online. A system of 'trust Indicators' are designed to tell audiences and news distribution platforms that the editorial is ethically produced, accurate news.
- Publishing best practices
- Publishing author bylines and author information
- Clearly labelling content, for example to distinguish between opinion and analysis
- Publishing corrections on digital stories, including links to our corrections policy
CBC News is committed to transparency and accountability to our audience whenever we make an error or need to clarify a story. Until now, we noted any corrections or clarifications to online articles at the bottom of the story; TV or radio correctives were done on air on the relevant broadcast.
Effective Jan. 1, 2021, as part of this commitment to transparency, CBC News is also publicly tracking significant corrections or clarifications to our TV and radio news reports and online articles.
CBC News uses labels as signals to help readers identify the status of different kinds of stories. Labels are used to flag stories that are breaking news or contain live elements such as video.
CBC News also uses labels to distinguish clearly between analysis and opinion.
Analysis — Here, reporters may make observations and draw conclusions based on facts as well as their own experience and expertise.
Opinion — On an exceptional basis, we may choose to appoint certain journalists as columnists. They have licence to express their opinions. To protect the integrity of CBC's journalism, we will restrict the role of such columnists to opinion and commentary. Their work will be clearly identified as opinion.
First Person — First Person are personal stories and experiences of Canadians, in their own words. This is intended to showcase a more intimate storytelling perspective, and allow people from across the country to share what they have lived through.
When presenting content where a single opinion or point of view is featured, we ensure that a diversity of perspective is provided across a network or platform and in an appropriate time frame.
CBC News stories based on original reporting carry reporter bylines, which include information about the author such as expertise, location, biographical and contact information. Bylines link to author pages that include other articles by the writer.
Some CBC News stories are combined from a variety of sources, including one or more news agencies and CBC News staff. They are written and edited by CBC News but carry a generic CBC News byline.
CBC News also publishes stories from different news agencies, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Reuters. These stories may be edited by CBC News to add information or change grammar and spelling to our style. They are published under agency bylines, indicating when significant material has been added by CBC News.
All stories published under the CBC News banner are held to our journalistic standards and practices.
The CBC News contacts page has details on how to reach the CBC newsrooms across Canada, contact a CBC News personality, pitch an idea or give feedback on something you heard over the air or read on our website.
REPORTING IN A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
On Sept. 2, 2020, Adrienne Arsenault and Andrew Chang, co-hosts of CBC News: The National and David Common, co-host of CBC News: Marketplace and a correspondent with The National, held a webinar for journalism students from across the country.
Students wanted to know what it's like working in a pandemic, how COVID-19 has changed journalism forever, how legacy media are addressing systemic racism and what advice our panellists have for young journalists entering the workforce.
(Also seen in the video is the webinar host, CBC's Laura McIsaac.)