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    michelewollert posted an update in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   1 year, 3 months ago · View

    Olympia legislation news 2013-14 session:

    Here are 3 good reasons why our state should reject a Uniform Corrections and Clarifications Defamation Act (passed unanimously in the Senate and being considered now by the House). It should be rejected for these reasons:

    *The premise that this law will eliminate or limit litigation is illusory: the Act does not present a mechanism for determining the sufficiency of the correction published, a pivotal issue in determining what levels of damages may be sought by the defamed person subsequent to a timely publication. The courts will necessarily be embroiled in such determinations.

    *The Act does not recognize that defamation damages are often immediate, severe and non-economic as well as economic. An attorney is often engaged immediately at considerable expense. Even if the timely correction is deemed sufficient, the defamed person often will have suffered months of non-compensable injury (emotional distress, lowered reputation, family and friendship disruption, loss of standing in the community, failure of correction to reach significant members of the community, etc) and legal, perhaps even medical and/or mental health treatment, expense.

    *The Uniform Laws Commission made the Act available in 1993. The fact that only one State, North Dakota, has enacted it in the interim, speaks volumes. Despite it’s professed intention to aid individuals and institutions, the Act is tilted far more to the benefit of the very organizations that cause the harm in the first place by careless, circulation or ratings driven, and even malicious publications. The good that prompt, adequate correction can do should not be purchased by the loss of remedies for the real harms defamed persons suffer before the correction is published and while it works its way into the public mind.

    Thank you, JJW, for your informed and experienced guidance in helping me articulate what is wrong with this flawed bill. :)

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    michelewollert joined the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage   1 year, 3 months ago · View

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    artshotwell joined the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage   2 years, 1 month ago · View

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    I bit stunned that this made the front page of KIRO’s mynorthwest.com, next to stuff about the Old Spice Man and a video of a dad dropping his daughter to catch a foul ball at a Dodgers game (not even local). http://mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=491160 No information about the trial, just the fact that the infamous Barefoot Bandit [...]

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    amyduncan joined the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage   3 years, 6 months ago · View

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      jacobcaggiano · 3 years, 6 months ago

      Hey there @amyduncan! Welcome aboard! Not sure what’s causing the hiccup with your avatar pic, but @brianglanz & I will jump on it. Feel free to start a forum topic if you’ve got something to discuss, or just post thoughts and links in the community activity stream here. You can mention users with the @ symbol before their username, and if the email notifications are bugging you, they can be adjusted in your profile > settings > notifications.

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Real names in neighborhoods online lead to greater civility in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   3 years, 6 months ago · View

    I agree that using real names encourages civility, but I also think requiring real names in all circumstances leads to over sanitation. There’s a lot of valuable information out there that can’t be shared without significant risks, if not straight sacrifice on behalf of the messenger. Unfortunately you can’t measure what’s never said, so it’s [...]

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    wtneary joined the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage   3 years, 6 months ago · View

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    wtneary posted on the forum topic Real names in neighborhoods online lead to greater civility in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   3 years, 6 months ago · View

    The difference between anonymous responders on news site blogs and objects floating in a toilet bowl is that no one expects me to read objects floating in a toilet bowl. As an elected official, I much prefer Facebook because when people are cutting and critical, even juvenile, at least they’re willing to stand behind their [...]

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    johnhamer posted on the forum topic Real names in neighborhoods online lead to greater civility in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   3 years, 7 months ago · View

    Great post, Brian. I totally agree that real names help encourage civility. Facebook is moving us steadily in that direction, which is good. Is some of it trivial and silly? Sure, but so is much of what’s in the traditional medial. Is Facebook a community news source? Well, in a way, because people get news [...]

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    brianglanz started the forum topic Real names in neighborhoods online lead to greater civility in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   3 years, 7 months ago · View

    These reports from the UK appear to be well formed — http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/1078 — and include this observation: “We are still a bit of an outlier because we insist on e-mail publishing options for strong inclusion and the use of real names as the cornerstone for building community trust, ensuring greater influence with elected officials, and [...]

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    johnhamer posted an update in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   3 years, 9 months ago · View

    Should have said 150 people representing about 50 small-town weekly and daily newspapers around the state.

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    johnhamer posted an update in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   3 years, 9 months ago · View

    Just back from Wenatchee and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual convention. Nearly 150 small-town weekly and daily newspapers were represented. Great group of folks who really care about and are deeply engaged with their communities, including increasingly online through comments, Facebook, Twitter, mobile apps, etc. Watch for my blog about this later today.

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Neighborhood News Websites: Do You Like/Trust Yours? in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    I also suggest keeping up with the various yahoo groups and google groups, which are pretty active and a good place to keep track of local issues and debates. But if you really want to stay on top of the news , I would recommend two things 1. The Washington News Pipe – http://netvibes.com/washnewsjunkie 2. [...]

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    rileysweeney posted on the forum topic Neighborhood News Websites: Do You Like/Trust Yours? in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    There are a couple local news sites that post daily. I’ve found the most effective use has been an email list serv. While living in the Columbia neighborhood of Bellingham, WA, the neighborhood association maintained an email list serv, which would update us on construction planned in the area, garage sales, power outages, loose dogs, [...]

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    rileysweeney joined the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage   3 years, 10 months ago · View

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    johnhamer started the forum topic Neighborhood News Websites: Do You Like/Trust Yours? in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    New “hyperlocal” neighborhood news websites have sprung up all over the country. Are they popular with readers? Trusted? Accurate? Fair? Thorough? A new nation-wide study has found that yes, they are liked and trusted as much (or more) than traditional media outlets. Here’s the study, from the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri: [...]

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    brianglanz joined the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage   4 years ago · View