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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Washington News Council to Close on May 31   8 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailThe Washington News Council’s Board of Directors has announced that the organization will close its doors on May 31, 2014, after 15 years of holding this 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 [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Washington News Council Becomes World News Council   8 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2014 The Washington News Council, after 15 years of extraordinary success in holding the news media in this state publicly accountable for accuracy and ethics, is now going global. On April 1, the WNC will become the World News Council (WNC), with oversight of all newspapers, magazines, television, radio, newsletters, websites, [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: If YOU Ran the News Council, What Would YOU Do?   9 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailThe Washington News Council is at a critical turning point. After 15 years of widely praised but sometimes controversial work, the WNC is seeking new leadership to “reboot” the organization for the new digital media age. John Hamer, founding Executive Director and now President of the WNC Board, is retiring on April 15, 2014 (his 68th [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: CHALLENGING JOURNALISM JOB OPPORTUNITY!   11 months, 1 week ago · View

    GOT GUTS? SEEKING ENERGETIC, ENTREPRENEURIAL MEDIA-SAVVY INDIVIDUAL TO HEAD ONLY NEWS COUNCIL IN THE UNITED STATES. Applications are now being accepted for the position of Executive Director of the Washington News Council in Seattle, Washington. Deadline: March 15, 2014. Email cover letter (not to exceed 750 words) and resume to info@wanewscouncil.org or mail to WNC, P.O. Box 3672, Seattle [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Gridiron West Dinner Was “Best One Ever”   1 year, 1 month ago · View

    The WNC’s 15th Annual Gridiron West Dinner on Nov. 8 at The Westin Seattle to “roast and toast” David Horsey and Patti Payne was “the best Gridiron ever,” according to many who were there. More than 500 people packed the Grand Ballroom at the Westin, after a VIP reception that included special “Payne Royale” champagne [...]

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    The Washington News Council, an independent forum for media ethics, has been invited to the Alliance of Independent Press Councils conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, from Sept. 9-12, 2013. John Hamer, President and Executive Director of the WNC, will be on a panel titled “Ethical Dilemmas in the Age of Transparency,” on Sept. 10 at [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: WNC Awards Annual Dick Larsen & Herb Robinson Scholarships   1 year, 5 months ago · View

    ThumbnailThe Washington News Council has awarded two $2,000 scholarships to Washington State students planning careers in communications. The WNC scholarships are named after two former editors of The Seattle Times . The Dick Larsen Scholarship goes to a past graduate of a Washington high school currently enrolled in a public or private college/university in this state. The 2013 winner: Devon [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Results of Complaint Hearing, Dr. Richard Wollert v. The Seattle Times   1 year, 7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailUpdated June 4, 2013 with a correction from The Seattle Times and June 16 after public, online voting ended. The Washington News Council held a public hearing on a formal complaint against The Seattle Times from Dr. Richard Wollert, a Vancouver psychologist on June 1, 2013 at Town Hall Seattle . The Council’s 10-member Hearings Board, chaired by Karen [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Washington News Council Adds New Board Members   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    The Washington News Council has added the following new Board members: 1. Gabe Boehmer – Communications VP, Wells Fargo 2. Anne Bremner – Trial Attorney & Legal Analyst 3. Shauna Causey – Decide.com Vice President 4. Todd Dean – Partner, Angel Market Consulting 5. Pam Guinn – Clear Channel Outdoor President 6. Obafemi Idowu – NobleVentures Founder [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Applications Now Closed for 2013 Dick Larsen and Herb Robinson Scholarships   1 year, 10 months ago · View

    Applications are now closed for the Washington News Council’s two $2,000 scholarships to be awarded in 2013 to Washington state students planning careers in communications: The Dick Larsen Scholarship will go to a past graduate of a Washington high school currently enrolled in a public or private college/university in this state. The Herb Robinson Scholarship will go to [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Washington News Council Highlights of 2012   1 year, 10 months ago · View

    Our phone continues to ring and our emails continue to “ping” with citizens’ questions and serious complaints about the media. 2012 was quite a year for the Washington News Council — in fact, our most active ever! Click here to download a copy of our 2012 highlights , including: Leschi Elementary Community Stands Up to KIRO TV A Community [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Vitae Foundation v. KUOW – Video of the hearing   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    On Saturday March 31st, 2012, The Washington News Council had a hearing on the Vitae Foundation v. KUOW case involving a story on Vitae’s youroptions.com website. You can read about the results of the case and watch the hearing in its entirety below. Also feel free to check out some of the “press” surrounding the case. Part 1 – [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Standing Strong: Poynter highlights our future as the last News Council   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    Media watchdog Craig Silverman is a stickler for accuracy. We’re a big fan of his work, and are pleased to hear his interest in our nation’s last remaining news council. Check out his piece on Poynter:

    How the last U.S. news council hopes to survive

    Craig let us review parts of the draft for factual accuracy [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Thank you Kathi Goertzen   2 years, 4 months ago · View

    ThumbnailThe Washington News Council sends our deepest sympathies to the family of Kathi Goertzen, KOMO 4 anchor, and to all our friends and colleagues at the station. On Nov. 11, 2001, the WNC ‘toasted and roasted’ Kathi, along with Jean Enersen and Susan Hutchison, at our 3rd annual Gridiron West Dinner. The evening included a tribute [...]

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    ThumbnailThe Washington News Council held a hearing on  Saturday, June 16, from 9 am to noon at Town Hall (downstairs) to consider multiple complaints against KIRO7 Eyewitness News. After hearing detailed presentations from the complainants, the WNC’s Hearings Board voted to uphold the complaints almost unanimously.

    NOTE: You can watch the original KIRO story here . You can also watch a full [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: WNC Awards Three $2,000 Scholarships for 2012   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Washington News Council has awarded three $2,000 scholarships to Washington state students planning careers in communications. Two Dick Larsen Scholarships , which go to a past graduate of a Washington high school currently enrolled in a public or private college/university in this state: Erin Flemming, 21, a University of Washington student and graduate of Evergreen High School . [...]

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    Hi Capn’ Billy, sorry to hear you’re having problems with the Dropbox. They seem to work for me, maybe try a different web browser? What happens you visit this link? — https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jfmplb2zr6tw7wf/LV7mzGRtIi

    Worse case scenario we can email them to you, just write to info@wanewscouncil.org

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Flynn’s Harp: News Council weighs future in new-media era   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Mike Flynn, the former publisher of the Puget Sound Business journal, just wrote a piece supporting our nation’s last standing news council (yours truly!). Have a look over at Flynn’s Harp and consider supporting us as we keep up the fight against unfair and unethical media practices.

    The challenge has been the reluctance of the media to help [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Did You GiveBIG on May 2? Then GetBEER in May!   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailSPECIAL OFFER: If you GaveBIG! on May 2 as part of The Seattle Foundation’s campaign to help ALL non-profit organizations in our community, then you can GetBEER! any day in May (M-F, noon-6 pm) at the WNC office above the Pyramid Alehouse across from Safeco Field. The Washington News Council is offering ONE FREE BEER to [...]

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    wnc wrote a new blog post: Complaint against KUOW largely upheld at WNC hearing   2 years, 8 months ago · View

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    Watch the hearing video in its entirety National coverage from CPB Ombudsman Joel Kaplan National coverage by Mike Janssen of Current.org National coverage by Valerie Richardson of The Washington Times Local coverage from Mark Griswold of Sound Politics Local coverage from NW Daily Marker’s Bryan Myrick Local coverage from PubliCola’s Erica Barnett

    The Washington News Council (WNC) held a three-hour public hearing Saturday, [...]

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