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Holding Media Accountable

Accountability and Complaints

Upset about a news organization or report?

Where should you turn?

A good place to start is to read this section. It contains links to press and broadcast councils, ombudsmen and other media entities where you can register a complaint or express concerns.

Organization of News Ombudsmen, includes links to many ombuds

A listing of press councils in the United States, curated by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri.

A listing of world press councils, curated by the Washington News Council

Media Accountability Systems – a comprehensive ethics site affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism

Active news council that holds public hearings to vote on complaints against media outlets in Washington State.

New York Times Public Editor

National Public Radio (USA) Ombudsman

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Ombudsman

Minnesota News Council – “Promoting fair, vigorous and trusted journalism since 1970”

British Columbia Press Council

Ontario Press Council

Quebec Press Council (en francais)

Alberta Press Council

Canada’s National NewsMedia Council

Manitoba Press Council

British Press Complaints Commission

Australian Press Council

An innovative voluntary tool that provides a way for the public to hold any form of media accountable.