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The Star’s correction of the year

Out of 870 published corrections in 2015 (496 were for online stories), Toronto Star public editor Kathy English picked one as being the correction of the year.

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Sat, January 2 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The Star’s correction of the year

Wanna play editor?

Toronto Star public editor Kathy English has produced a quiz (“You be the editor“) that will allow you to test your editing instincts against hers. You have until Jan. 4 to respond. There are 18 questions that actually draw from real-life Star scenarios.

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Wed, December 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Wanna play editor?

‘Toronto Star’ public editor wouldn’t have posted the Foley video

Kathy English, the Toronto Star‘s public editor, admits she’s more squeamish than Michael Cooke, the paper’s editor, when it comes to things such as posting the video leading up to the murder of U.S. journalist James Foley. She wouldn’t have posted the Islamic State-made video at all. I’m on her side in this one.

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Fri, August 22 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Toronto Star’ public editor wouldn’t have posted the Foley video

Why can’t commenters use their real names?

According to the Toronto Star, one reason is largely because it’s practically impossible to guarantee someone is displaying their real identity. From the column of the paper’s public editor, Kathy English:

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Fri, July 5 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Why can’t commenters use their real names?

The past week in Toronto j-ethics

The Torontoist got spanked over a photo gallery about strippers on break at Zanibar Tavern on Yonge St., and the Toronto Star’s public editor took the paper to task over an odd feature on Pierre Trudeau’s daughter. In both cases, the issue was invasion of privacy.

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Sun, November 28 2010 » Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on The past week in Toronto j-ethics

Defending investigative reporting

Toronto Star public editor Kathy English launched an impassioned defence of her newspaper’s series into how the Special Investigations Unit reviews police use of force. But is that her job?

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Mon, November 8 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Defending investigative reporting

Toronto Star public editor likes Twitter, but …

Kathy English sees definite journalistic strengths in Twitter, but we’ll have to wait for her followup column next Saturday to hear about her concerns.

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Mon, June 14 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Star public editor likes Twitter, but …

NYT public editor brushes off complaints about coverage of Pope, sex abuse scandal

NYT public editor Clark Hoyt has defended the paper’s decision to go hard after the role current Pope Benedict XVI may have played in going soft on a priest accused of sexual abuse back when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

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Sun, April 25 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on NYT public editor brushes off complaints about coverage of Pope, sex abuse scandal

A scolding for the NYT on anonymous source abuse

NYT public editor Clark Hoyt yips at the paper for a number of instances in recent weeks where anonymous sources were improperly used.

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Sun, April 18 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A scolding for the NYT on anonymous source abuse

Sober j-standards in an era of now

NYT public editor Clark Hoyt frets about some slipups by the paper’s staff as it strives to deal with a real-time news world.

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Sun, April 11 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Sober j-standards in an era of now