Reporting on Jian Ghomeshi demanded great care


“Reporting on allegations against now-former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshihim was done with great care,” says Toronto Star Public Editor Kathy English. Some readers thought the Star was on a “witch hunt” against Jian Ghomeshi and simply reported “gossip, rumour and innuendo. ”

Now that that nine women have come forward with what they say are personal experiences where Ghomeshi punched, slapped and choked them without consenting to such violence, English hopes readers understand what the Star shared with its readers was “responsible reporting on a devastating and deeply disturbing story.”


In the News…

A new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that hundreds of journalists have been murdered and more than 1,000 have died in just a little more than two decades.


Annual Conference

ONO’s 2014 annual conference took place in Hamburg, Germany from May 4 – 7.


Ben Bradlee: a Very Special Person


Former Washington Post Ombudsman Michael Getler remembers Ben Bradlee, the extraordinary and courageous editor who led and guided the Post for 26 years.

Bradlee appointed the first ombudsman at the paper, saying “he wanted to be open with readers and show that the paper could take a punch, when it got something wrong, as well as throw a punch.”


The naming of ISIS


U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron refer to the so-called Islamic state as Isil. The Observer and other news outlets refer to the group as Isis. Stephen Pritchard, readers’ editor of the Observer, wanted to know why.


Good and bad of journalism in aftermath of air tragedy


A Russia Today reporter based in London resigned in protest at the station’s coverage of the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Well done, Sarah Firth for resigning,” says Belfast Telegraph Readers’ Editor Paul Connolly, “But, given the years of questions about RT’s partiality, what took you so long?”