Archive May 2008

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Pacesetter winners demonstrate how diverse staffs produce better stories

April 15

Newspapers in places as diverse as Minnesota, California and Texas led the industry in their diversity efforts this year, according to the American Society Newspaper Editors.

The Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, El Paso (Texas) Times and San Gabriel Valley (Calif.) Newspaper Gr

Philadelphia Inquirer — Protecting sources

The Philadelphia Inquirer
March 26, 2008

The case of former Philadelphia Daily News reporter Toni Locy illustrates, once again, the need for a federal law that protects journalists from revealing confidential sources.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton has fine

Kalamazoo Gazette — Senate must pass federal shield law

Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette
March 26, 2008

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton issued a contempt-of-court citation against a former USA Today reporter who refused to reveal her confidential sources in anthrax stories that she investigated.

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New York Times — Squeezed by the courts (opinion)

By Clark Hoyt, public editor
The New York Times
April 20, 2008

The push for a federal shield law to help journalists protect the identities of confidential sources got a big boost last week when John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, endorsed it in Washin

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