Charlotte Observer drops plan to use government e-mail address lists

Charlotte Observer

The paper wanted to use e-mail addresses it obtained from local municipalities to invite citizens' input on news coverage, but the plan was widely criticized. "We apologize to all who were offended," writes executive editor Rick Thames. "While we did not view these invitations as a 'commercial use' of the email lists, we respect the concerns of those who did."

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    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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