IN THE MEDIA, we sometimes speak before we know of what we speak. And then we have to issue retractions, or, to save face, I call them “clarifications.” Either way you look at it, we have an obligation to ensure we get things right, or as right as we are able after trying to get the facts.
Earlier this week, I wrote a column about recycling. I was critical of the City for putting a sticker on my recycling bin, and I was of the opinion it was a tag to tell me that I had put something incorrectly in my recycling, but the sticker didn’t tell me what that was. I said “that’s just stupid,” and a few other things besides. (You can read the original column here.)
I found out, after the fact, that what I had on my recycling container was not a “tag,” telling me I had done something wrong, but simply a sticker that was part of the educational campaign by the City to tell people what goes in the recycling and what doesn’t.
Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008.