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August 29th, 2018 • Featured, Quill Archives, Freedom of Information, Journalist on Call
Annapolis community: Slain journalists ‘were part of us’

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  — When Jessie Haynes first heard about a shooting at the Capital Gazette, across the street from the mall where she works, she assumed it was carried out by someone featured unfavorably in a news story. It didn’t cross her mind, as it did many journalists across the country, that the shooter might have been inspired to attack a newsroom by rhetoric coming from the U.S.


August 16th, 2018 • Featured, Freedom of Information
News organizations unite in nationwide push to counter anti-press rhetoric

Hundreds of newspapers across the country united in solidarity today and published editorials on the importance on the First Amendment. The coordinated editorials are in response to a campaign by The Boston Globe that called on publications to condemn President Trump’s oft-repeated assertions that journalists are “the enemy of the people.”


March 9th, 2018 • Freedom of Information
Whistleblowers and journalism are essential for democracy

Journalists have a long history of working with their sources to reveal essential public information and informing the citizenry. A free press is one of the cornerstones of American democracy, after all. But when government officials attack reporters or their sources and try to control the exposure of the truth, power is taken away from the citizens and that pillar of democracy crumbles.


February 28th, 2018 • Freedom of Information
Washington’s governor needs to use veto pen to make stand for transparency

As Yogi Berra would say, it’s déjà vu all over again. A legislature has rushed through a bill curtailing the state’s public records act, waiving rules to minimize public comment and present the governor with a bill that has enough votes to override any veto, and members of the public are as mad as hell.


January 9th, 2018 • Freedom of Information
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December 21st, 2017 • Freedom of Information
When Working with Whistleblowers Same Ethical Journalism Principles Apply

Government Accountability Project released a guide for journalists detailing best practices for working with whistleblowers.