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Jacob Caggiano active 1 year, 6 months ago

"A whole slew of journalists wrote some compelling confessions about their failures for the latest Carnival of Journalism #JCarn. Pretty good reads, from some well respected folks, including yours truly ;-D http://carnivalofjournalism.com/2011/05/09/carnival-of-fail-jcarn-roundup-4/" · View
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    ThumbnailTEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israeli President Shimon Peres, who just turned 90, had a powerful message for members of the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe ( http://aipce.net) gathered here for their 15 th annual meeting this month: “Continue to fight. I know it’s not easy, but you have a mission, not just a profession.” As head of the [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: On the Organization of News Ombudsmen 2013 Annual Meeting   10 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    “You hold journalists accountable in much the same way that the media holds the public accountable.” That’s what Marc Duvoisin, Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Times, told about 40 ombudsmen gathered in L.A. for the annual meeting of the Organization of News Ombudsmen last week. However, he warned: “It’s conceivable that ombudsmen can be captured by [...]

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    Thumbnail SPECIAL OFFER: If you GiveBIG! on May 15 as part of The Seattle Foundation’s campaign to help ALL non-profit organizations in our community, then you can GetBEER! on May 15, 16 or 17 (noon-6 pm) at the WNC office above the Pyramid Alehouse across from Safeco Field. Seriously! The Washington News Council is offering ONE FREE BEER [...]

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    In the wake of recent scandals, Britain’s politicians want to regulate the country’s naughty media. Our own Washington News Council might make a better model. England may soon have its own NPR: the “National Press Regulator.” Sound scary? It is. The Economist calls it a “ rotten deal ,” arguing that the British NPR would be “set up by a [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Washington News Council To Close Its Seattle Office   1 year ago · View

    ThumbnailFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2013 The Washington News Council , which just began its 15th year of operations and added 15 new members to its Board of Directors (Fact Check: True), announced that it will close its Seattle office on May 1. The WNC will move lock, stock and beer barrel to London and “reboot” itself [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Gridiron West: A Not-to-be-Missed Bipartisan Post-Election Bash   1 year, 5 months ago · View

    ThumbnailImagine it’s a few days after Election Day. Your candidate(s) won! You had a big victory party to celebrate. Now what? Well, one thing you can’t wait to do is see your friends whose candidate(s) lost, right? Come on, admit it: You know you do. You’ll give them a big grin, slap them on the back and [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: News Council Praised at World’s Largest Rotary Club   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Washington News Council received two strong   “testimonials” about our work during Rotary Club of Seattle meetings in recent weeks – one from Rotary President Paul Ishii and the other from former Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Bob Herbold. On Oct. 3, Rotary President Paul Ishii told the 500+ club members that he had been [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Journalism Students take the TAO pledge!   2 years ago · View

    Thumbnail “Do you like tattoos?” was my standard pickup line. OK, pretty cheesy, but hey, it worked most of the time. I was sitting at a table at the Washington State Convention Center for two days last week surrounded by about 4,000 high-school journalists from all over the country. It was the national Journalism Education Association /National [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Mike Wallace asked: Who will watch the watchdogs?   2 years ago · View

    ThumbnailMike Wallace changed my life. I never actually met him, but he had a huge influence on my career. Here’s how: Back in the 1990s, I co-edited a media-critique newsletter called CounterPoint  (motto: “Who Will Watch the Watchdogs?”) and co-wrote a column that ran in Seattle Weekly and Eastsideweek called “Watchdogs” (motto: “Woof!”). Barking at journalists, [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Are newspapers sexy?   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Newspaper Association of America recently unveiled a new advertising campaign: “ Smart is the New Sexy. ” I wrote a snarky blog about it, asking “Whose idea was this?” But I’m having second thoughts. I just read the Valentine’s Day issue of my daily newspaper, The Seattle Times. Yikes! This paper is smokin’. Take Page One: There’s a [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Sam Reed Stood Up to KIRO7′s Media Malpractice   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Secretary of State Sam Reed, who announced his retirement recently, is being hailed for standing up for transparency, accessibility and openness in government — and justifiably so. Reed received the Washington Coalition for Open Government’s coveted James Madison Award last week in recognition of his work. The awards breakfast just happened to fall on International Media [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Critics are wrong about Dale Chihuly’s fabulous glass art   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    ThumbnailDavid Brewster’s recent little blog on Crosscut.com, “Chihuly Conquers Boston” (Aug. 8) caught my eye because I saw the Chihuly exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in May. My wife and I spent several hours there. We both thought it was fabulous. Brewster said the exhibit “drew large numbers…and mixed critical reviews.” He cited two [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: National Newspaper Ads: Neither ‘Smart’ nor ‘Sexy’   2 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Newspaper Association of America ( NAA) has just unveiled a new national advertising campaign whose slogan is “Smart Is the New Sexy.” Huh? Whose idea was this? And what was the “Old Sexy” anyway? Dumb? If they’re hoping to attract more newspaper readers and advertisers with this marketing come-on, it’s pretty lame. The NAA developed a [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Journalism Needs More Ombudsmen AND News Councils   2 years, 11 months ago · View

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    Craig Silverman gives keynote speech to #ONO2011 meeting in Montreal. John Hamer of WNC (bald spot on left) listens along with Michael Getler, ombudsman of PBS (bald head on right).

    “It’s really important that we have accountability mechanisms in journalism. When it comes to our own accountability, most news organizations are doing a pretty poor job, to [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Who Do You Trust? Not the media, despite all our efforts….   2 years, 12 months ago · View

    ThumbnailSHEESH! Maybe we should throw in the towel…. The Washington News Council’s mission since 1998 has been to help maintain public trust and confidence in the news media. But today trust in the media is at record low levels. We’ve failed! We were just named “Organization of the Year” by the Municipal League . But perhaps we should [...]

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    APRIL FOOL! The press release I sent out last Friday certainly got a big reaction: Lots of people thought it was true! (Or maybe a few hoped it was true….but no such luck.) It was just my idea of having fun — and some people (like my wife) think I have a strange sense of humor. [...]
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    johnhamer posted an update:   3 years ago · View

    APRIL FOOL! The press release I sent out last Friday certainly got a big reaction: Lots of people thought it was true! (Or maybe a few hoped it was true….but no such luck.) It was just my idea of having fun — and some people (like my wife) think I have a strange sense of humor. But to all those who ”bit” and called or emailed with condolences, congrats on a job well done, and inquiries about my next step, I would like to say….SOORRRRRYYYY! But also THANK YOU for the kind words and best wishes. And hey, since you think so highly of everything the News Council has accomplished, please remember that donations are welcome! Really! In fact, we need to raise more funds this year to fully accomplish all of the great projects we have started in the past year. So please visit the ”Donate” page on our website, send us a check or call me with a CC# (Visa/MC). That’d be MUCH appreciated! And this goes for all those who ”got” my little April Fool’s prank and called or emailed to share a laugh, too! Wasn’t brightening your April 1 well worth a donation to the WNC? Thanks in advance for all of your great friendship and generous support. It means a lot to me. No fooling.

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    BREAKING NEWS: The WNC issued the following Press Release on April 1, 2011 The day after being named “Organization of the Year” at the Municipal League’s annual Civic Awards banquet, the Washington News Council announced today that it would close its doors. “Mission Accomplished,” said John Hamer, President and Executive Director of the News Council. “We’re [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: American Journalism Review reviews WNC, so WNC reviews AJR   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    ThumbnailWhen I got a phone call from a reporter for American Journalism Review (AJR) saying he was doing a story about news councils, I was both happy and wary. Happy because we don’t get much national coverage, especially from a prestigious publication like AJR. Wary because the reporter said he was a young editorial assistant at [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Students nationwide take “TAO of Journalism” Pledge   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail “We want to show our readers and the larger journalism community that we stand by the ideals of being Transparent, Accountable and Open in our reporting and all of our practices as student journalists.” — The Roar, Whitney High School, CA “Journalistic ethics are becoming even more critical to the practice of journalism as the field evolves…. like [...]

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