The controversy over the origins and functions of ombudsmanship

By Takeshi Maezawa Tokyo Keizai University The purpose of this study-note is not to demonstrate an academic theory but to document the controversy over ombudsmanship. In particular, I would like to focus attention on the origins and functions of newspaper ombudsmen and also present my own view regarding this controversy. The first question discussed in […]

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We were wrong

By Linda Raymond The Courier Journal © 1999 For 32 years, The Courier-Journal has taken pride in the belief that it appointed the first newspaper ombudsman and launched the international newspaper ombudsman movement. We were wrong. We didn’t know that the concept had already been operating for many years in Japan when, in 1967, C-J […]

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The newspaper ombudsman: A personal memoir of the early days

By Alfred JaCoby The first question for the new ombudsman back in the early days (the 1960s and 1970s) seemed to be universal: Just what did the word mean and what was the job about? The dictionary wasn’t much help. The general definition in a number or dictionaries big and small referred to a public […]

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Philip M. Foisie’s memos to the management of The Washington Post

(The following information was provided to The Organization of News Ombudsmen for transfer to this web site by Geoffrey Foisie in December 1995. It relates to the early history of ombudsmanship and the significant role played by his late father, Philip M. Foisie, the first ombudsman at Stars and Stripes, former executive editor of the […]

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