Category: FAQ

What kind of books does The Globe review?

Our latest question comes from Sean Cummings. He asked the following question via Twitter: #asktheglobe Why don’t you review genre fiction? Your books section reviews that which most folks DON’T read.

For the answer we turned to Books Editor Mark Medley, who gives his response.

Hi Sean, I respectfully disagree with the assertion that the Globe doesn’t cover the books that people want to read. Just this past Saturday, for instance, we published a 1500-word profile of Jennifer Robson, who writes popular historical romances as is a fixture on our bestseller list. In fact, looking at this past weekend’s Canadian bestseller lists, we have covered every single book on the fiction list, and half of the books on the non-fiction list. (And the only reason we haven’t covered some of these books is because they are financial guides or self-help books, which we don’t generally review.) As far as genre fiction, Margaret Cannon has long been a fixture in our pages, and we publish six reviews by her (focusing on crime fiction) each month. Marissa Stapley also writes a regular column on commercial fiction, which debuted in early 2015. Shannon Ozirny writes a monthly round-up of the best in YA fiction, as well.

As you can see, The Globe regularly reviews genre fiction. Thanks for the question Sean.

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What are the guidelines for how The Globe presents sponsored content?

This question comes from SurlyTorontoConsumer via Twitter: “Does the @globeandmail plan to ever disclose to readers which news articles are ‘sponsored’ by companies mentioned in them? #asktheglobe”

Sean Stanleigh, Managing Editor of Globe Edge Content Studio, responds:

In terms of stories that contain mentions of paying sponsors, we clearly disclose those relationships through use of the label Sponsor Content, highlighted at the top of each page, whether in print or online. These include advertorials and native advertising, in which advertisers have input into story ideation and final approvals on content prior to publication. These stories also use different visual cues, such as fonts and templates, and they live in a separate area of, which you’ll find here.

Click here for more information about Globe Edge Content Studio.

Hope that helps SurlyTorontoConsumer. If you have a question that you would like answered, use #AskTheGlobe and we will do our best to search for the answer.

Has The Globe ever interviewed Vladimir Putin?

Reader Steve Stojanovich in Richmond Hill, On. wondered: “Have you ever interviewed Putin?” The answer is yes – twice, actually. In 2007, The Globe’s Doug Saunders was invited to an intimate dinner at the Russian’s leader’s dacha – a surprise that started with a rare phone call.  ‘I am calling from the Kremlin,” said the dour voice on Saunders’ mobile phone. “You are to come to Red Square on Friday afternoon at exactly 3:45. We will take you to the President.”

Here, in an inimitable Russian style, was a controversial leader’s attempt to reach out to a skeptical global public. Mr. Putin had invited one journalist from each of the Group of Eight countries to dine with him at his country residence, and interview him for as long as we pleased, on any topic.

For a man whose government is not known for transparency and whose country’s independent media have mostly either been shut down or placed under state control, these invitations are a unique gesture. As one of his advisers pointed out, it is something that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has never done.

Saunders asked Putin: “Russia doesn’t seem to like the west very much any more. Our relationship has cooled down considerably…  Are we moving towards a cold war again?”  To which Putin answered:

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Canada Q&A: Frequently Asked Questions about this project

Update: For the duration of the election, #AskTheGlobe will be focused on the federal election. The Globe is answering your questions – from fact-checking leaders’ statements to digging deep into policies and promises. Have a question? Tweet it with #AskTheGlobe

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