I will be rolling out a new blog there in early December that will deal with my work in assessing public concerns about news and information programming. All of the Office's reviews will be on the site, as will regular writing about issues intersecting with my position. I hope, too, to post material about journalism ethics and the relationship media have with the public. And I will welcome and expect comments.
Meantime, I have to figure out what to do about this blog, because it no longer makes sense to chronicle every step in the transformation of the news business. I am not in a newsroom any longer.
While a number of ombudsmen and public editors carry out some functions in newsrooms, mine is independent of CBC News. It's the last position of its kind in Canada.
When I was at The Vancouver Sun, and the newsroom was contending with the challenges of the Internet, people could correctly infer that what I was posting was about a direction (transformation into a digital-first culture) I supported.
I don't want to leave any perceptions of preference now, nor do I want to post anything that might distract from the work CBC News managers are performing, so I'm going to shift themediamanager.com into a role as a mirror for the Ombudsman blog and as a home for regular readings (very briefly described).