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    Reporters discuss merits of carrying guns at public meetings

    To carry or not to carry -- that is the question some journalists were asking after the San Bernardino massacre last week.

    The topic of whether community journalists should start packing concealed guns at public meetings or in the office was the busiest topic this week on the listserv of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. The issue was first posed by editor Patric Hedlund of The Mountain Enterprise in Frazier Park, California. She asked, “Does this now become a question for journalists who cover so many public events to consider?”

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    No-knock policy bars TV station staff from rapping on crime suspects' doors

    A Houston television station is telling its staff not to knock on the doors of crime suspects. The station issued a memo saying it is too big a risk to journalists’ safety, but others see the move as a way for stations to protect themselves legally. And the president of the Society of Professional Journalists says such a broad order may result in weaker journalism that could be unfair to people accused of crimes.

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