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University of Wisconsin–Madison
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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.

http://www.newsombudsmen.org/

Organization of News Ombudsmen, includes links to many ombuds

http://www.rjionline.org/MAS-Press-Councils-USA

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

http://www.wanewscouncil.org/World.htm

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

http://www.media-accountability.org/

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

http://www.wanewscouncil.org

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

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/thepubliceditor/index.html

New York Times Public Editor

http://www.npr.org/ombudsman/

National Public Radio (USA) Ombudsman

http://www.cbc.ca/ombudsman/

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Ombudsman

http://news-council.org

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

http://www.bcpresscouncil.org

British Columbia Press Council

http://www.ontpress.com/

Ontario Press Council

http://www.conseildepresse.qc.ca/

Quebec Press Council (en francais)

http://www.albertapresscouncil.ca/

Alberta Press Council

mediacouncil.ca

Canada’s National NewsMedia Council

http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/profiles/industry/mpc_profile.cfm

Manitoba Press Council

http://www.pcc.org.uk/

British Press Complaints Commission

http://www.presscouncil.org.au/

Australian Press Council

http://taoofjournalism.org

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