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Ferguson makes national and international front pages again

News from Ferguson, Missouri through the night told a markedly different story than it had since Saturday, when a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. The change in the police force covering crowds of protesters, that crowd’s response and several vigils and protests around the country made news in and out of the U.S. Here are some of those front pages, courtesy, as always, Newsuem: Read more

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Stars and Stripes fears move to Fort Meade will erode editorial independence

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Stars and Stripes is moving from the National Press Building in Washington, D.C., to Fort Meade. The relocation to a godforsaken Maryland suburb, ordered by the Pentagon, “would place the newspaper in the same facility as one of the military’s main public-affairs operations,” Paul Farhi writes.

“It creates the perception of a lack of independence, that we are doing the bidding of the Pentagon, so to speak,” said Terry Leonard, Stars and Stripes’ top editor. “That’s a huge problem. . . . It’s a step-by-step process. How long will it take before we get absorbed into the great [public affairs] monstrosity that the DoD has?”

Craig Silverman called Mark Prendergast’s recent exit from the paper “one of the most acrimonious departures of an ombudsman in recent memory, if not of all time.” Prendergast’s fiery farewell column last month asserted the paper’s “standing as an independent source of news is threatened by a wrongheaded government response to the WikiLeaks disclosures that raises the specter of censorship.” (Interesting: Last week, Bill Keller opined that “the most palpable legacy of the WikiLeaks campaign for transparency is that the U.S. Read more

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Stars and Stripes’ new ombudsman begins work as predecessor’s criticisms reverberate

Last week was Ernie Gates’ first as the new ombudsman of Stars and Stripes, the Defense Department-funded newspaper charged with offering independent coverage of the U.S. military community.

Gates brings with him decades of experience, including a long stint in leadership roles at the Daily Press in Hampton Roads, Va., a place with a strong military connection. Unfortunately for Gates, he also comes to the role with the knowledge that his predecessor’s term was marked by strong disagreements with the paper’s leadership and the Pentagon.

Those disagreements culminated in a scathing farewell column from former ombudsman Mark Prendergast, who completed a three-year term in January. He voiced a litany of criticisms about how he was treated during his tenure, raised concerns that the ombudsman role was being weakened, and warned that “Stars and Stripes’ standing as an independent source of news is threatened by a wrongheaded government response to the WikiLeaks disclosures that raises the specter of censorship.”

Prendergast is an associate professor of journalism at St. Read more

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