No need to be coy when president uses taboo n-word

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News organizations across North America were caught unawares when U.S President Barack Obama dropped the “n-bomb” in a live radio interview. ”

“American history tells us that Barack Obama was not the first president of the United States to use the n-word in office. But, this first African-American president is the first commander-in-chief to drop the n-bomb — on live radio, no less — not as a racial slur, like some U.S. leaders before him, but rather to make a point about ongoing racism in his country,” says Kathy English, public editor at the Toronto Star.

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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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More on Gaza

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“With the war between Israel and Hamas (continuing), there is no let-up in the mail coming my way from viewers,” says PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler.

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#gone

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“I end my term more convinced of the importance of dialogue with readers and the necessity that the press make a leap in quality” — Suzana Singer, Folha

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Steve Coogan’s defence of Leveson

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Reflections from the 2014 ONO Annual Conference: Stephen Pritchard, readers’ editor of The Observer, on the conference address from award-winning actor, writer, comedian and producer Steve Coogan.

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