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    johnhamer wrote a new blog post: Remarks from my “refirement” party   3 months, 1 week 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 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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    michelewollert joined the group Outstanding Journalism   1 year, 4 months ago · View

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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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    michelewollert posted an update in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   1 year, 5 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, 5 months ago · View

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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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