Tim Shoults, ready to take the plunge, on Overlander’s Day celebration in Kamloops this past August.

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When three newspaper delivery drivers called in sick, Tim Shoults went into overdrive to make sure his weekly paper got to subscribers’ doorsteps on time.

“We’re scrambling around trying to get people to [deliver] in the middle of the night,” said Shoults.

Such is life as the head of a community newspaper. …


The Sprawl’s founding charter is crowd-sourced manifesto that serves both as the platform’s mission statement and its code of conduct.

Journalist Jeremy Klaszus formed The Sprawl as a “pop-up journalism project” to cover the 2017 municipal elections in Calgary, AB.

“It started spontaneously as a result of newsrooms around town being cut, and there being a lack of civic journalism in Calgary,” said Klaszus.

Though it initially only set out to cover the election, The Sprawl has evolved over time to help fill the void left by merged newsrooms and the closure of the city’s alternative weekly, Fast Forward.

Taking its name from what Klaszus says is one of the city’s defining characteristics — urban sprawl — the local news…


Despite significant ‘digital disruption’ over the past nearly half century, the foundations of our organization — ethics, standards, accountability — have all withstood the test of time

Editor’s note: The following is a direct transcription of a note written by Fraser MacDougall, the original executive secretary of the Ontario Press Council, and founding patron of the NNC’s student journalism award for human rights reporting.

While the letter’s pages have turned slightly yellow, and have gently frayed, its message is still just as prescient today as it was on May 6, 1974 when it was written.

Have you ever read in…


“We’re all kind of tied into this together,” says departing owner, editor and publisher Tara de Ryk

For this year’s summer celebration — called ‘Davidson Days’ — the newspaper revealed a float composed exclusively out of copies of the Leader/Image provided

Update: The Davidson Leader has found a new owner. Dan Senick will become the Publisher and Editor of The Davidson Leader.

A century-old newspaper in Davidson, SK, is searching for a new owner. It’s bittersweet for The Davidson Leader’s current owner, editor and publisher Tara de Ryk. …


While his sense of business and policy served him well during his career in the publishing industry, it is Miller Ayre’s sense of community and pride in his home province that has inspired joy in his work

Miller Ayre is a public director with the National NewsMedia Council of Canada. A complete list of our directors can be viewed here.

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Miller Ayre recently returned from his 60-year class reunion at the historical cable landing station in Heart’s Content, Newfoundland. It was a history tour in more ways than one for the Newfoundlander, as he strolled the site of the first…


History and self-regulation help define what the work itself defines who is a a journalist

From time to time we hear musing (thank you Twitter!) about certifying or credentialing of journalists.

Is the idea an attempt to counter allegations of fake news? Is it a reaction to perceived loss of trust in the media? Perhaps the political climate is driving a desire to define journalists and media organizations because news consumers have to wade through a landslide of blogs, platforms and alternate news sources from every point of view.

The notion of professional certification is not new, but it does…


Cheryl Palmer is a public director with the National NewsMedia Council of Canada. A complete list of our directors can be viewed here.

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Cheryl Palmer walks four kilometers to work and another four kilometers home most days of the week.

As an Anglican rector, her office is a grey-stoned church in Toronto’s Deer Park neighbourhood, a century-old building often sought out by choirs and musicians for its pleasant acoustics.

Sitting at a small café in the below-ground mall at Yonge and St. …


Every NNC decision is a window into a wider discussion about journalism standards and best practices

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The NNC posts its decisions and circulates them via Twitter and newsletter because it aims to be transparent about the work of resolving complaints.

Another goal is to use decisions as education about journalism standards and best practices. However, a significant number of complaints are mediated at the staff level for various reasons. …


As the print product of the Manitoulin Expositor enters its 140th year, the family-owned publication attributes continued success to their loyal readership

Rick McCutcheon, publisher of the Manitoulin Expositor captured with his daughter Alicia McCutcheon, editor-in-chief, celebrating the publication’s 138th birthday

Controversy has resurged over whether Manitoulin Island is indeed the largest freshwater island in the world thanks to a clue on a recently aired episode of Jeopardy, reported The Manitoulin Expositor in their February 27, 2019, edition of the paper.

Instead of bestowing the title to the 2700-square kilometer island in the middle of Lake Huron, the trivia show answer referred to the much larger Marajó Island in Brazil as the world’s largest freshwater island.

Alex Trebek, who…


Whether it is providing guidance on how to report on sensitive issues, to the ethics behind using unnamed sources, the NNC is helping young journalists develop strong professional practices

On the Road: The NNC’s Brent Jolly pictured with a class of students pursuing graduate-level degrees in journalism at Carleton University.

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At its core, the NNC’s mandate is to ensure the highest professional and ethical journalistic standards in our member publications. Over the last three plus years, the NNC has fulfilled this lofty mandate by addressing and mediating public complaints against our members in a non-prescriptive way.

While we have…

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