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Why the Charleston shootings should be front-page news in Durham

The killings of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, have shocked the nation this week. The shooter was driven by racist beliefs to enter the… 259 more words

Print Media

Q&A with Laurie Beth Harris of the American Press Institute

Laurie Beth Harris is editorial coordinator at the American Press Institute in Arlington, Virginia. Among her duties there is to write and edit the Need To Know email newsletter. 1,029 more words

Student guest post: Student newspaper covered murder-suicide wisely

Students in JOMC 457, Advanced Editing, are writing guests posts for this blog this semester. This is the fifth of those posts. Chris Haney is a senior journalism major at UNC-Chapel Hill specializing in reporting. 396 more words

News Judgment

The N&O, Dana Cope and politics

On Sunday, The News & Observer published a front-page story about questionable spending by Dana Cope, head of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. On Tuesday, Cope resigned. 316 more words

News Judgment

Defending free expression doesn't require republishing offensive material

News from Paris this week has shocked the world. Terrorists killed editors and cartoonists at a satirical publication called Charlie Hebdo. The assailants died in a standoff with police two days later. 401 more words

Ethics

Another Year "Tweets" By

We rarely “tweet,” partly because it sounds so newfangled and sissified, partly because we can’t compress even a quick cussing into so few characters, but there’s no denying that Twitter is now the national soap box. 745 more words

Politics

Keeping track of news from Iraq

Looking at my Twitter feed today, I realized that I have lost track of what is happening in Iraq. I suspect many other Americans have as well. 237 more words

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