Bruce Campion-Smith, TorontoStar

Bruce Campion-Smith


Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Bruce:

‘That's what made Russia angry enough to hunt us down’: The risks of reporting in Ukraine

According to the CPJ, at least seven journalists have been killed in Ukraine. They gave their lives to bear witness and report the facts. → Read More

Trusted journalism as the ‘coastal defences’ against misinformation

In an era of social media and citizen journalists, journalism remains essential to understanding confused strands of information. → Read More

‘We are the antidote against tyranny’: Russian crackdown shows critical importance of a free and diverse media

The war highlights the imperative to keep journalists free from government threats and edicts that seek to suppress honest coverage. → Read More

How do journalists reach those suspicious of media? First, by reporting fully and fairly

Survey finds that while trust in traditional media is up, so are concerns journalists purposely mislead people through falsehoods and exaggeration. → Read More

Threats against journalists undermine democracy

Canadian journalists have seen an alarming increase in harassment, abuse and physical threats meant to deter their reporting. → Read More

The Star’s pandemic coverage fuels reader feedback

The onset of Omicron spurred a wave of reader comments about public health restrictions, the effectiveness of vaccines and coverage of the pandemic. → Read More

Star readers weigh in: Full results from the 2021 You Be the Editor survey

Results of our annual survey reveal close votes on an editorial cartoon about the AstraZeneca vaccine and a reference to “tribal politics.” → Read More

Star story on Ryerson’s law school needed additional context

More details about the school’s efforts on inclusion and diversity were needed in an article about a student’s complaint of racial discrimination. → Read More

Star readers weigh in on ‘gypsy moths’ and ‘deaf ears’

A few results from the You Be the Editor survey that gave readers a chance to make their own calls on tough editorial decisions we faced in 2021. → Read More

The year in corrections, 2021 edition

We fielded just over 20,000 contacts with readers last year, double the number from 2020. Here are some memorable blunders that snuck into our pages. → Read More

You be the editor: What would you do if you were in the editor’s seat?

It’s time again to put yourself in the editor’s chair, pull up to the keyboard and make your own judgments on a few of the editorial decisions that Star journalists faced in 2021. Each year, the public editor’s office at the Star hears from thousands of readers raising concerns about the details in a story, the phrasing of headlines, the photo choices, or taking issue with editorial cartoons or… → Read More

Pregnancy and a step toward inclusive language

The Star is using terms like pregnant individuals and pregnant people to be more inclusive but it doesn’t mean that women are being “erased” from arti... → Read More

Readers put a premium on fair, unbiased journalism

In an increasingly polarized world of information, where divisive opinions vent on television talk shows, newspaper columns, social media and online c... → Read More

Mailbag: Impostors posing as Star journalists, complaints about our sports coverage and other reader feedback

Our public editor dips into the inbox to address some reader comments and concerns, including why a story appeared in print twice and how the Star det... → Read More

The public’s right to know is at stake when journalists are denied access

An important role of journalists is providing firsthand, independent accounting of news events, from city council meetings to the front-lines of confl... → Read More

News organizations put climate change in the spotlight

Tuesday marks World News Day. The theme this year is climate change, and the importance of trusted journalism to inform citizens about the crisis and ... → Read More

‘There isn’t anything bigger’: The Star’s editorial team prepares for election day

Monday’s federal election marks the culmination of a campaign that began in August. For the Star newsroom, it’s a day that has been the focus of count... → Read More

Toronto Star front-page design exacerbated division between readers. Greater care should have been taken

The front-page display of tweets expressing antipathy toward those who are not vaccinated was considered confusing, hurtful and inflammatory to many r... → Read More

Taliban takeover puts Afghan journalists in grave danger

The termination of evacuation flights on Thursday cannot end Canada’s obligation to Afghans left behind and at risk of Taliban reprisals. → Read More

Elections underscore the public service mission of journalism

News organizations like the Toronto Star have a duty to inform voters, to challenge politicians on their promises, to fact-check their claims and in t... → Read More