When I started themediamanager.com three years ago, I was part of a newsroom facing enormous change at The Vancouver Sun. I wanted to share what I was learning about digital media and its intersection with journalism. The response was encouraging and the site drew thousands of views daily.Now I am in a new role, no longer part of a newsroom or directly contending with day-to-day change and news management. The blog has to shift its focus to represent that. Still, as the ombudsman at CBC, I can share some content from elsewhere on media issues concerning standards and ethics and the relationship with the public.You won't find my views here. It will represent, though, some of the most interesting writing elsewhere on the direction of the qualities of journalism and some of the contemporary issues journalism is encountering. Like themediamanager.com's earlier role, I hope it curates well and serves as a good resource for those interested in this area of journalism (I welcome your comments).
I'll shortly assemble a new page of ethics-related sites.I would encourage you, too, to look at the new blog I've started at CBC for my regular columns and reviews of the public complaints.The first taste of this new format at themediamanager.com is a look at the review at National Public Radio of the firing of commentator Juan Williams. The review released this week came as the senior news executive for NPR stepped aside.
The NPR coverage
of this issue has been led by its ombudsman, Alicia Shepard. While the review itself was not made public, Shepard' post includes the board's release on the matter.