Archive February 2008

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Candidates for the 2008 ASNE board election announced

Reston, Va. — Nine editors will stand for election to the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors this April:

  • Jim Amoss, editor, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
  • Neil Brown, executive editor, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times
  • Ellen M. Foley, editor, Wisconsi


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Daily News Journal — Journalists need shield against feds

The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Feb. 23, 2008

Congress should pass a federal shield law that will keep the Department of Justice from prying into newsrooms and journalists' notebooks.

Case in point: America is all atwitter about allegations that baseba


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Orlando Sentinel — Our position: A federal shield law for journalists protects everyone's interests

Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
Feb. 22, 2008

Why is anyone debating over whether there needs to be a federal shield law protecting the confidentiality of sources?

It's a no-brainer, all wrapped up in a strong affirmation of this country's First Amendment rights.



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Daytona Beach News-Journal — Federal shield law

Protecting media against government intimidation

The Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal
Feb. 21, 2008

Between 2001 and 2006, the Justice Department approved 65 subpoenas of reporters. In most cases, the reporters had to choose between cooperating with the g


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Wall Street Journal — Journalism on Trial (opinion)

The Wall Street Journal
By Judith Miller
Feb. 21, 2008

There are many ways to intimidate or silence journalists. One depressing tactic in this country is to jail them for refusing to divulge the names of confidential sources who have provided sensitive information for


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ASNE recognizes Randell Beck with editorial leadership award

The American Society of Newspaper Editors will honor Randell S. Beck, executive editor of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., as the recipient of the ASNE Award for Editorial Leadership.


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Daily Freeman — Federal protections

Daily Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.
Feb. 20, 2008

A federal shield law that would give protection to confidential sources of news stories is in the home stretch. It’s now up to the U.S. Senate to overcome the objections of a handful of senators to finish the job in this congress


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REPUBLICAN & Herald — Shield law for journalists needs senators’ support

After passing the House by an overwhelming vote of 398-21, a bill to create a federal shield law for journalists has moved to the Senate. There, the House bill or a separate Senate version should get the same high level of support.

REPUBLICAN & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.


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Daily Record — Protecting reporting

Federal ‘shield law’ needs to be approved

Daily Record, Parsippany, N.J.
Feb. 16, 2008

The state’s shield law gives New Jersey journalists the privilege of investigating and reporting the news without fear of being prosecuted for refusing


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