Good and bad of journalism in aftermath of air tragedy

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A Russia Today reporter based in London resigned in protest at the station’s coverage of the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Well done, Sarah Firth for resigning,” says Belfast Telegraph Readers’ Editor Paul Connolly, “But, given the years of questions about RT’s partiality, what took you so long?”

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Is ‘bias’ a synonym for ‘discrimination?’

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“Some of my favorite questions from readers are the ones without any single answer,” says Kansas City Star Public Editor Derek Donovan.

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A “refirement” party

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The Washington News Council closed after 15 years of holding the state’s news media publicly accountable for accuracy, fairness and ethics. John Hamer led the council for 15 years and recently celebrated his “refirement.”

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It’s time to push back when government controls the message

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“The decline in direct and unfettered access to elected officials and decision makers is not just an annoyance for journalists,” says New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan. “It’s actually a threat to the way democracy is supposed to function.”

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L.A. Times updates newsroom ethics guidelines

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Los Angeles Times Reader Representative Deirdre Edgar notes the newspaper recently updated its newsroom ethics guidelines.

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Why journalists need confidential sources

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“Many significant stories in the public interest could not be told if we could not report information from confidential sources,” says Kathy English, public editor at the Toronto Star.

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