Washington News Council to Close

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“We had a great 15-year run.”
– John Hamer
The Washington News Council will cease to exist at the end of May, ending 15 years of holding Washington state’s news media publicly accountable for accuracy, fairness and ethics.

The WNC, founded in 1998, is the only news council left in the United States that reviews citizen complaints against media organizations and holds public hearings to review and vote on the quality of print, broadcast or online stories.

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Journalism and the Curse of the App Culture

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“I urge my undergraduate students in Journalism to focus, focus, focus on what’s important. They tell me that it’s almost impossible to do so.” — Jeffrey Dvorkin’s latest blog post.

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Sexy Survey

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“Journalists are easily seduced by what is packaged in numbers and with the seal of approval by an institute,” says Folha Ombudsman Suzana Singer.

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Pros and cons of endorsing politicians

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In a recent column, Globe and Mail Public Editor Sylvia Stead wrote about the importance of the media in holding power to account. She used the example of newspaper’s editorial board, which endorsed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the last election campaign, but now argues that the Canadian Fair Elections Act should be killed.

“I heard from many readers who argued that newspapers shouldn’t endorse anyone,” says Stead.

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Ireland’s Press Ombudsman to retire

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Press Ombudsman John Horgan will retire on September 1. He has held the position since it was created in 2007.

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Language and people with disabilities

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Chris Elliott, readers’ editor of the Guardian, weighs in on acceptable and unacceptable language when writing about people with disabilities.

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