Online News

Corrections guidelines for news organizations

The Canadian Association of Journalists Ethics Committee has released a set of guidelines for updating and correcting information published online.  Kathy English at the Toronto Star and Craig Silverman were the primary authors. I was a minor voice on the committee. This is the first comprehensive statement on best practices that we know of. Craig Silverman in particular has argued […]


Arab revolution panelists tackle verification

A panel discussing the Arab revolutions described a complicated situation for journalists trying to determine who is reliable and what is true. The discussion at the Online News Association conference in Boston involved NPR’s Andy Carvin, reporter Issandr El-Amrani, the American Islamic Congress’s Nasser Weddady and our own King’s Journalism alumnus Rehab El-Bakry, who is an Egyptian journalist. “Some of […]


Starting using data better: Kundra

Journalists need to take advantage of the vast array of information that the U.S. gov’t is already making available. That was the message Vivek Kundra, the first federal Chief Information Officer in the Obama administration, brought to the Online News Association conference in Boston this morning. On data.gov, there is information on a huge range of government activity but there […]


Web vs print story recall: Can social media play a role?

In its 2009 website redesign, the Globe and Mail got rid of a link on the front page that listed all of the stories contained in the print version of the paper that day. Of all the changes to the website, that was the one that affected me most. It always seemed that the beefiest […]


Bigger role for authors in articles, search

Which is the more important aspect of a story — the article headline or the byline? The answer would have been a easy a few years ago: the headline, of course. It’s the link people click on and the words they search for. But as social media becomes more integrated with content, the author is becoming […]