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John Hamer active 11 months, 2 weeks ago

"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 [...]" · View
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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Remarks from my “refirement” party   3 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Thank you ALL for coming. I really appreciate your being here to help me celebrate my “refirement” as I’m calling it. And I truly mean that. It has been a GREAT 15-year run, but I’m excited about this transition to a new stage of my life. A lot of you have asked me what I [...]

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Dear Giant Alibaba: Let My People TAO!   4 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailNote: this has been cross-posted at our new TAO of Journalism blog, see taoofjournalism.org/blog . Forget David vs. Goliath. Try John vs. Godzilla. Seriously. I’m stuck in an ongoing, multi-year, quasi-legal battle with Alibaba, http://news.alibaba.com/specials/aboutalibaba/aligroup/index.html the Chinese e-commerce company that is now the world’s largest online retail giant. They just reported a 66% jump in revenues to $3.06 billion, [...]

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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   1 year, 3 months 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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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: GiveBIG and GetBEER! GiveBIG May 15 and Stop By Our Office   1 year, 4 months ago · View

    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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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Our Advice for Britain’s new National Press Regulator   1 year, 5 months ago · View

    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, 5 months 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 posted a new activity comment:   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Dorian — Thanks for signing up. Go to our Facebook page and feel free to comment on what we post there. We’re trying to get more discussions going on that page, rather than our home page. No sure we can provide you with ”better news,” but we’re trying to get journalists to be accurate, ethical and professional. It’s a challenge!

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    johnhamer posted a new activity comment:   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Thanks for the comment, Michele. Sorry for the delayed response. We’re trying to shift more comments to our WNC Facebook page, which seems to get more traffic than our website. Appreciate your encouraging words! Hey, tomorrow is national ”TAO of Journalism — Transparent, Accountable & Open” Pledge Day. Go to our TAO website and check it out. Also, watch tomorrow’s Seattle Times for the first of a 3-part NIE series on the TAO concept. We hope to keep the WNC alive and well. But funding is a constant challenge. Donations welcome!

    In reply to - michelewollert posted an update in the group Media Ethics: The University of Washington’s School of Social Work has an excellent resource for ethical mental health best practices reporting that I think is worthy of sharing: http://depts.washington.edu/mhreport/ · #
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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Gridiron West: A Not-to-be-Missed Bipartisan Post-Election Bash   1 year, 10 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, 11 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 posted a new activity comment:   2 years, 1 month ago · View

    Good points, Doug. Thanks for commenting here. Are you on Facebook? If so, go to the Washington News Council page and add a comment there. We’re trying to make that our main discussion site, so we don’t get anonymous comments and avoid spam. And feel free to post other media-ethics topics and questions for debate. The more we get people talking about issues like this, the better.

    In reply to - dougfloyd posted an update: When Tom Teves, the father of one of the shooting victims in Aurora, Colo., suggested that news media refrain from mentioning gunman James Holmes’ name — rather than confer the fame and notoriety Teves believes Holmes was seeking — it probably resonated with many citizens. The same rationale was used in the [...] · #
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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Journalism Students take the TAO pledge!   2 years, 5 months 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, 5 months 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, 7 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, 11 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   3 years, 1 month 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’   3 years, 1 month 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 posted a new activity comment:   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    Hey, Steve, thanks for joining. Did we meet at the TDA dinner last week? Let’s chat sometime soon.

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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Journalism Needs More Ombudsmen AND News Councils   3 years, 3 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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