National NewsMedia Council
The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) is a voluntary, self-regulatory ethics body for the news media industry in Canada.
The NNC was established in 2015 with two main aims: to serve as a forum for complaints against its members and to promote ethical practices within the news media industry.
The Council deals with matters concerning fairness of coverage, relevance, balance and accuracy of news and opinion reporting. The Council also, when appropriate, represents the public and the media in matters concerning the democratic rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the media. The NNC’s vision is to uphold the public interest in ensuring the highest of professional and ethnical journalistic standards.
At present, our organization is composed of more than 650 members (print, wire service, digital-only, periodical) across the country. We strongly believe that an overt commitment to quality, ethical journalism is necessary to build the feeling of trust that enables the media to connect with its public, do excellent reportage, and play a necessary role in a healthy democracy. The NNC also provides support to freelance writers through our partnership with the Canadian Media Guild – Freelance; and student journalists through the Canadian University Press.
The Council is comprised of 17 directors—nine selected from the public and eight selected from news organizations supporting the Council. The chair of the Council is always selected from the public directors. Directors of the National NewsMedia Council do not vote or act as representatives of any news media organization or interest.