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Public editor: Journalism, commercial interests should be kept separate

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Last week, several readers took The Globe and Mail to task for publishing an article in Globe Real Estate by freelance columnist Leah McLaren, describing her own house which was up for sale at the time.

I agree with our readers and told the editors last week that in my view they should not have published it. It is clear to me that Globe staff members or freelancers should not be involved in articles in which they could stand to gain financially or in which there is an appearance that they may.

Globe editors agreed this did not show proper judgment and should not have happened. They said The Globe and Mail shouldn't run articles about the sale of an employee or freelancer's house whether that article is written by that person or anyone else.

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Sylvia Stead has been a reporter and editor at the Globe since 1975, after graduating from the University of Western Ontario in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. She won the Board of Governors Award there in 1974. As a reporter, Sylvia covered courts, education and Queen's Park. More

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