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Posts by Meg Martin

About Meg Martin

Meg Martin was last year's Naughton Fellow for Poynter Online. She spent six weeks in 2005 in Poynter's Summer Program for Recent College Graduates before beginning her fellowship. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May, with a major in English and a minor in Journalism, Ethics & Democracy. She has served as an editor and writer for the Observer, Notre Dame's student-run daily newspaper, and spent a semester of study in Washington, D.C., where she worked as an intern for C-SPAN's Book-TV department. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., she has also worked for the Pittsburgh Business Times, WDUQ-FM and Mom's House of Pittsburgh.
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Opinion: Half a Shield is Better Than None

By Geoffrey R. StoneThe New York TimesFeb. 21, 2007 Excerpt: As the new Democratic Congress moves ahead decisively on a panoply of issues, it should confront a particularly pressing one: freedom of the press. Congress should expeditiously enact a federal journalist-source privilege law, which would protect journalists from compelled disclosure … Read More
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Mo. lawmakers propose journalist shield law

By Chris BlankThe Associated PressFeb. 7, 2007 Excerpt: A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to require those seeking to learn the confidential sources of reporters to get a court order first. Legislation filed in both the House and Senate would require a circuit judge to weigh the public interest, accessibility of the information … Read More
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Opinion -- As We See It: Protecting Anonymous Sources

EditorialSanta Cruz SentinelFeb. 21, 2007 Excerpt: The Sentinel's policy on anonymous sources has tightened over the years. We rarely use information from such sources in published stories. The "anonymous source" principle has been abused so many times that many readers really don't believe that the source is an actual … Read More
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Opinion: Vanishing Art of Standing Firm

By Edward WassermanThe Sacramento (Calif.) BeeFeb. 21, 2007 Excerpt: To be sure, honoring confidentiality agreements is not a duty of such transcendent importance that it must be served at all costs. Other obligations may matter more. I'd say exposing a deceitful, high-level campaign to panic this country into war … Read More
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Column: Heavy hand of Minnesota judge comes down on reporter

By William B. Ketter CNHI News ServiceFeb. 21, 2007 Excerpt: The Free Press [of Mankato, Minn.,] ... rejected [a prosecutor's request for a reporter's notebooks], citing the Minnesota Shield Law and its intent to protect journalists from just such overreaching prosecutors. That argument was strongly rebuffed by [District Court] Judge [Norbert P.] … Read More
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Editorial: Now, a Shield Law

Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)EditorialFeb. 18, 2007 Excerpt: [BALCO case U.S. District] Judge [Jeffrey] White's reasoning in holding the reporters in contempt ran counter to a 1996 Supreme Court ruling that federal judges could protect a journalist's right to shield confidential sources when the value of the reporting outweighs the harm that … Read More
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Editorial: By Any Other Name, He's Still a Journalist

The (Springfield, Mass.) RepublicanEditorialFeb. 12, 2007 Excerpt: In this age of the Internet, it is sometimes difficult to tell the real journalists from the pretend journalists. [Jailed freelancer Josh] Wolf may not have the credentials of a mainstream journalist, but he did sell video of the clash to San Francisco … Read More
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Opinion -- Wolf as Underdog: Indy Media Journalist Needs Protection

By Amy GoodmanAlterNetFeb. 15, 2007 Excerpt: Jailed journalist Josh Wolf has remained in prison so long because he lacks the backing of a large media organization that could agitate to protect his rights -- so Congress should step in. Josh Wolf, videographer and blogger, is now the journalist imprisoned longest in U.S. history for refusing to comply with … Read More
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Opinion: Shield Repealed

By Michael McGoughLos Angeles TimesFeb. 22, 2007 Excerpt: Whatever its other consequences for the Republic, the investigation that resulted in the perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby produced a memorable manifesto for a troubling but hard-to-refute position: that the dawn of the blogosphere has fatally complicated the argument for legal … Read More
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Online Journalism Ethics: Guidelines from the Conference

In August 2006, Poynter gathered a team of online journalists from across the country to discuss the issues surrounding their work. They created this set of guidelines for doing ethical journalism on the Web. Add your own thoughts to our Online Ethics wiki at http://poynter.editme.com/ethicsonline. Read More
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State of the Union: Got a Headline?

Just about every news organization in the country is covering tonight's State of the Union address. So how do you differentiate your coverage? Start with the headline. Think you've got a creative one? One that really gets to the heart of the story? Something that's witty, serious or otherwise right on the mark? Share it here, and help … Read More
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State of the Union: What Does it Mean for Your Community?

Help us go local with this year's State of the Union address. Just click on the map below or scroll down to find your state's entry and click "Add Your Comments" to tell us -- and the rest of Poynter Online's users -- about the major issues facing your audience as they wait for the president's State of the Union … Read More
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Alabama

Stateline.org: Alabama profile … Read More
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