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Ombudsman Blog: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

The Risks of 'User-Generated' Content

While reading The Post's Alexandria-Arlington Extra supplement this week, Peter Golkin focused on a short story by Post reporter Annie Gowen that told how residents of Aurora Highlands had successfully lobbied to prevent cutbacks at their local library. Golkin, the...

By Andy Alexander  | May 15, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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More on Online Comments

My Sunday column about online comments is still generating e-mails from readers. I argued in favor of allowing “moronic, anonymous, unsubstantiated and often venomous comments” on grounds that they can sometimes be “insightful and illuminating.” I also said “anonymity allows...

By Andy Alexander  | May 13, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Could the 'Cable Model' Help Newspapers?

There’s been talk lately about trying to save America’s newspapers by offering them nonprofit, tax-exempt status. Proposals have been floated that would preserve newspapers through various forms of philanthropy by local individuals, foundations or institutions. But Tom Rosenstiel, the director...

By Andy Alexander  | May 12, 2009; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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News Ombudsmen Are 'Vulnerable Targets' as Budgets Shrink

As Washington conferences go, this one is small. But the roughly 40 members of the Organization of News Ombudsmen are spending the better part of three days talking about big journalistic issues like credibility, fairness and how to hold their...

By Andy Alexander  | May 11, 2009; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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