National NewsMedia Council, Canadian Press join forces in groundbreaking partnership

TORONTO, July 24, 2017 /CNW/ - The National NewsMedia Council of Canada is pleased to announce that The Canadian Press is now a member of its organization.

CP, currently celebrating 100 years as Canada's national news agency, is the first news service to join the NNC, which was established in September 2015 as a voluntary self-regulatory body dealing with issues of journalistic standards and ethics. The NNC is the successor organization to the former Ontario Press Council, Manitoba Press Council, BC Press Council and Atlantic Press Council. It has over 800 members representing daily and community newspapers, magazines and digital news platforms in every province in the country.

John Fraser, CEO and President of the NNC, says CP's membership in the NNC is an important step for both parties:

"The Canadian Press is the premier news service in Canada and is enjoying an amazing resurgence in both the traditional print, broadcast and digital news platforms," said Fraser. "At the same time, the NNC is also striving to show it is more than a single-issue dispute resolution organization, but also an active participant in assisting the journalism and publishing professions to maintain and enhance journalistic and ethical values supported by the Canadian public."   

Malcolm Kirk, President of The Canadian Press, said: "The National NewsMedia Council plays a critical role in safeguarding the principles of fair and accurate reporting – principles that run through the core of our journalism at The Canadian Press. We are pleased to support John Fraser and his team in advancing the mission of the NNC."

SOURCE National NewsMedia Council of Canada

For further information: Contact at NNC: Brent Jolly, Director of Communications and Community Manager, (OFFICE) 416 340 1981, Ext 2, MOBILE: 289-387-3179, bjolly@mediacouncil.ca, Twitter: @CANMediaCouncil

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