In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings

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Mainstream media organizations face the dilemma of whether or not to reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. Several members of ONO explore the issue.

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NPR appoints new ombudsman

Veteran print reporter Elizabeth Jensen begins three-year term on Jan. 26.

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In the News…

A new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that hundreds of journalists have been murdered and more than 1,000 have died in just a little more than two decades.

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Online Moderation

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Stephen Pritchard, readers’ editor of the Observer, says he is “not much given to quoting Nietzsche but his words came to mind recently after a spate of complaints from readers about their apparent exclusion from discussion threads on our website:”

“Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.”

Pritchard reviewed the situation and offers an explanation of why some readers’ comments have been removed from the Observer’s discussion threads.

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The readers’ editor: an ignored element of self-regulation

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A readers’ editor can bring greater transparency and accountability to a news organisation. However, says Sumana Ramanan, a former readers’ editor at the Hindustan Times, “a readers’ editor, however, can be fully effective only under certain conditions.”

Ramanan, a former member of the ONO Board of Directors, discusses her experience as a readers’ editor.

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Annual Conference

ONO’s 2014 annual conference took place in Hamburg, Germany from May 4 – 7.

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