“Sean Penn and standards of journalism,” Winnipeg Free Press, January 13, 2016

The decision by Rolling Stone to offer El Chapo a final veto on the product has been universally panned by media organizations. Dean Jobb, an associate professor in the school of journalism at King’s College in Halifax, says “News organizations must not cede editorial control to the people they cover.” He does, however, give credit to Rolling Stone for being upfront about the veto in the first place.

Sylvia Stead, “Public editor: Report on Rolling Stone offers a good journalism lesson,” The Globe and Mail, April 9, 2015.

While this is an American publication, which is subject to different rules for libel and slander, it is worth noting that Canada’s responsible-communicator defence in libel cases lays out guidelines for investigative and other journalists to follow. Dean Jobb, an associate professor of journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax and the author of a reference guide Media Law for Canadian Journalists, provides a good summary on j-source.ca.

Jacques Gallant, “Name of Mississauga woman accused in toddler’s death kept secret,” Toronto Star, February 13, 2015.

“The general principle is that we have open courts and the public knows who is accused of crimes,” said University of King’s College journalism professor Dean Jobb, author of Media Law for Canadian Journalists. “We don’t have secret trials.”

Jacques Gallant, Secrecy cloaks identity of toddler who died at hands of her parents,” Toronto Star, October 16, 2014.

“We don’t have nameless people accused of crimes,” said University of King’s College journalism professor Dean Jobb, author of Media Law for Canadian Journalists. “It is extremely rare for someone to be tried and convicted for such a serious offence and their names being banned from publication.”

Andrea Janus, “New Brunswick election vote-counting glitch: What went wrong?,” CTVNews.ca, September 23, 2014

University of King’s College professor Dean Jobb says five ridings were decided by fewer than 100 votes. “That does lead to the possibility of some recounts,” he told CTV’s Power Play. But even if those ridings are recounted, Jobb suspects the Liberals will remain in power. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that the Gallant government is in power going forward.”