The Banff Centre, as we reported earlier, received a glowing write-up last weekend in the Globe and Mail. But who wrote it?
One of its own faculty members, apparently. Both Banff and the Globe and Mail need to apologise for the deception.
Here’s a second unpublished letter to the editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, copied to the publisher:
Dear Mr. Stackhouse,As someone who wrote extensively for the Globe at a time when journalism ethics were front and centre in its editorial departments (not to mention the time when musical matters were covered by musician-journalists), I am puzzled by Ian Brown’s identification as “the current Banff Centre Globe and Mail Canada correspondent” – whatever that means — at the bottom of his recent article on music at the Banff Centre. What the reader needs to know is that Ian Brown is on the payroll of the Banff Centre as a senior faculty member — the “Rogers Communication Chair” of the Literary Journalism program.When a journalist writes on a company for the Business/financial section, they must disclose the fact that they own even one share in the company about which they are writing. Why should the arts require any less integrity of your paper?I look forward to seeing a prompt correction published to Mr. Brown’s article that will clarify his conflict of interest.Yours truly,Tamara BernsteinToronto