CAJ names new ethics chair

    OTTAWA, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists has
appointed former Toronto Star ombudsman Don Sellar the chair of its ethics
advisory committee.
    "Don has spent much of his career in journalism grappling with the
practical ethical issues journalists struggle with every day, explaining those
issues to the public and making the craft stronger," said CAJ President Mary
Agnes Welch. "I'm delighted he's agreed to lead our blue-chip ethics
    Sellar, 62, began as a reporter at The Calgary Herald, later working as a
Southam News correspondent in Ottawa, Washington, D.C. and Calgary. At the
Star, he was an editorial writer, editorial page editor and, for 11 years, the
paper's ombud.
    He now teaches media law and ethics in the Canadian Journalism for
Internationally Trained Writers program at Sheridan College, Oakville, Ont.
    The CAJ's ethics committee is made up of seasoned journalists from every
medium. Its mandate is to advise the CAJ on ethical issues with a view to
improving the quality of Canadian journalism.
    Sellar takes over from Stephen Ward, who helped found the ethics advisory
committee in 2006. Ward left his post earlier this summer as the director and
associate professor of journalism ethics at the University of British
Columbia's graduate school of journalism. He's taken a similar post at the
University of Wisconsin's journalism school.

    The CAJ is Canada's largest professional organization for journalists
from all media, with about 1,500 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary
roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and
public-interest advocacy.

For further information:

For further information: Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ president, (204)
943-6575, Cell: (204) 470-8862; John Dickins, CAJ executive director, (613)
526-8061, Cell: (613) 868-5442; Don Sellar, CAJ ethics committee advisory
chair, (905) 885-5613, email:

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