OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW/ - The International Annual Conference of news
ombudsmen will be held at the Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal from
May 15 to 18, 2011.
Over 40 conference participants from Brazil, France, England, Denmark,
United States and Australia, among others, will come to Montreal to
address topics related to their professional field, including
challenges that they face in the current media environment. The
ombudsmen work within a news organization to represent the public. They
have the independence to be able to publically evaluate the work of
Program highlights include a keynote speech by Craig Silverman,
journalist and author of Regret the Error, and Senator Hugh Segal, on the question of media reliability. The
conference will also focus on opinion journalism, WikiLeaks' impact,
and the process of correction of errors. For the detailed conference
schedule, please visit ONO's website.
"Media have a lot of power in our societies, and the ombudsmen offer a
free resource to citizens who feel prejudiced or have perceived a bias
or an error," said Radio-Canada Ombudsman Julie Miville-Dechêne.
"Social media have become an inevitable source of information, but are
we using them responsibly in the media? We're going to compare our
experiences on this topic."
"An ombudsman is a moral compass for a news organization," added CBC
Ombudsman Kirk LaPointe. "Our meeting will raise awareness of the
importance of strong journalistic standards and public representation
in the digital age, here and abroad."
Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO) Executive Director Jeffrey Dvorkin
will be attending the annual conference. "Citizens are ultimately the
ones who benefit from common standards and practices among ombudsmen.
Fair and balanced reporting is a core value, no matter where we live. I
think that by organizing these kinds of conferences we're making an
investment in improving our members' skills and the value of their
Held between Europe and the Americas on a rotating basis, the annual ONO
conference will be attended by the organization's members, including
the two CBC/Radio-Canada ombudsmen. The last conference held in Canada
was in Montreal, in 2000.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching
Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio,
television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in
the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer
diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight
Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.
In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians
and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of
For further information:
For additional information, please contact:
Kirk LaPointe, CBC Ombudsman
Cell phone: 604-353-6228
Julie Miville-Dechêne, Radio-Canada Ombudsman
Cell phone: 514-953-2774
Jeffrey Dvorkin, Executive Director, Organization of News Ombudsmen
Cell phone: 647-401-5330