I’m a journalist-entrepreneur, author and media critic based in Montreal, Canada. Here are my current projects:
- I’m a fellow with the Tow Center For Digital Journalism at Columbia University. My research project focuses on how news organizations deal with rumors and unconfirmed information, and aims to identify best practices for how journalists can debunk misinformation. Read more here.
- I write the Regret the Error blog and deliver training programs for the Poynter Institute For Media Studies. (More on that below.)
- I’m working with the European Journalism Centre on a project dedicated to verification. I edited the Verification Handbook, and now we’re working to create training programs and a new website dedicated to the discipline of verification and its best practices.
- I’m completing a strategy study for the American Press Institute about best practices related to transparency and credibility in newsrooms. I’m also working on one about innovation in newsrooms.
- I’m advising Nexalogy, a social data analysis company.
I am founder and editor of Regret the Error, an award-winning site that tracks and reports on accuracy and media corrections. In December 2011, Regret the Error moved to the Poynter Institute, and I joined the organization as a member of its adjunct faculty. The blog is now hosted here. Prior to Poynter, I was editorial director and part of the team that launched OpenFile, an online news startup the delivered community-driven reporting in six Canadian cities.
I also served as director of content for Spundge, a platform that enables companies, publishers and professionals to discover, curate and create compelling content.
My first book, Regret The Error: How media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech, was published by Penguin Group (Canada) and Union Square Press in fall 2007. Read an excerpt and some reviews here. It won an award from the U.S. National Press Club.
My second book, co-written with Michael Calce, is Mafiaboy. It won the Arthur Ellis Award for Non-Fiction from the Crime Writers of Canada. I’m represented by Don Sedgwick and Shaun Bradley of the Transatlantic Literary Agency
I’m the former managing editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab. I was a columnist and blogger for The Globe And Mail, and a columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, the Toronto Star, BusinessJournalism.org, and Hour, a weekly in Montreal. My writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Montreal Gazette, Report On Business magazine, Maisonneuve, Harvard’s Nieman Reports, The Coast, and the Sunday Herald, among others. I spent close to a decade as a full-time freelance journalist, and have been lucky to win some awards for my work.
Volunteer and Board Service
I serve as past president of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and am a former member of the Board of Directors of the Concordia Journalism Alumni Association. I’ve delivered many workshops and speeches about media accuracy and corrections, and online journalism, to a variety of journalism schools, professional associations and news organizations.
I am an unpaid advisor to Grasswire, “a real-time newsroom curated and fact-checked by everyone.”