When news looks like promotion

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“Readers’ subjective calls on what amounts to promotion can be a useful gauge for journalists,” says Kansas City Star Public Editor Derek Donovan. “The difference between an ad and editorial coverage should always be black and white.”

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A year of adjustment

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“We’ve all got two choices: Come along, or get left behind,” says Ted Diadiun, reader representative at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Science reporting caution

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A recent report on a scientific study lacked rigor, says CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin, but it was not biased.

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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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