2.2. – What mechanisms are there to evaluate already published material?

How and at what point is the journalistic output assessed retrospectively?

What regular or one-off procedures are in place for editorial to go back and look at what has already been published, posted on-line or broadcast?

How does the collective evaluation of an article ensure that mistakes or bad practice are not repeated?

Complete answers


De Standaard : Fairly informal

Feedback on the previous edition of the newspaper is given daily at the morning editorial meetings. There is no particular time dedicated to critical analysis. De Standaard has a strong culture of communication and journalists can express themselves freely without the need for a formal structure to do so.


Europe 1 : Yes, but not enough

An editorial meeting is held every morning at 9.30. Departmental meetings are also held between the manager and their team. However, there is sometimes dissatisfaction within the Editorial team that there is not enough daily feedback.

France 24 : These are continual

Debriefings are held continuously with lots of exchange outside the editorial meetings.

The director of the channel and his deputies can also organise a one-off debriefing after a special broadcast.

Le Monde : Nothing formal but…

Debriefings take place during midday editorial meetings, afternoon update meetings and the 7.30 ‘fine-tuning’ meetings.

Ouest France : None, but…

Review meetings are held when the scale of the news story justifies it (suburb riots in 2005, presidential elections in 2007, etc.). Analysis of the content can then be done by a legitimate person and a debate established between editorial and journalists, including ones from regional editorial offices.


Berliner Zeitung : Systematic and sometimes external

Editorial meetings are held every morning, and are attended by the Editor-in-Chief plus department heads. During the meeting the previous edition of the paper is critically assessed, followed by a look at the contents of the forthcoming edition.

Editors take turns to carry out the review; sometimes visitors are invited to do this.

ZDF : As follows:

Television news is regularly dissected by editorial after it has been broadcast.

Feedback is also given during the meetings of the ZDF Fernsehrat (television council)


The Irish Times : Systematic and sometimes external

Newspaper content is minutely analysed internally by members of the Trust’s board of directors, by the editorial committee of journalists regarding all ethical aspects and professional standards, and also in regular editorial meetings.


Polskie Radio, kanal 3 : Informally

There is no specific time for reviewing information that has already been broadcast but there are regular and continual assessments within departments and during editorial meetings.

United Kingdom

BBC : There are two daily review meetings

A review meeting is called every morning at 8.40 a.m. by Helen Boaden, Director of News, or by her Deputy and are attended by a representative from each department.

A second meeting with the programme producers is called at 9 a.m. for the lower hierarchy levels.

A representative of the Communications Department can attend these meetings to pass on public reactions.

The Guardian : A review meeting

The Editor-in-Chief has a review meeting every morning with the fifteen senior editorial managers.

At 10 a.m. all journalists can attend the editorial meeting run by the editor-in-chief.