Journalism

  December 2021

Soliciting Articles for Publication

  As the editor of Whatcom Watch, I’m constantly on the lookout for new writers and oftensolicit articles for publication. This month, we’re putting out the call for experienced writers. Whatcom Watch has no reporters per se and is mainly … Continue reading

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  August 2021

Whatcom Watch Series Wins Award

To the Editor: Hello from Ithaca, New York. In May, I drove cross-country from Washington and landed in central New York’s Finger Lakes region. You may be wondering, why Ithaca? It’s my college town and I celebrate my 30-year college … Continue reading

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  February 2021

Whatcom Watch Featured on KING5 News

Recently, a staff person added Steve Bunin to the Whatcom Watch mailing list. Mr. Bunin usually anchors the noon news on Channel 5 in Seattle. A segment of the news show he anchors is called “Above the Fold,” which highlights … Continue reading

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  January 2021

Washington Reporters Get Free Legal Help

Microsoft and Davis Wright Tremaine Protect Journalists Freelance journalists and small newsrooms that lack funds to hire lawyers can get pro bono legal representation from Microsoft and Seattle law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. The two companies joined forces in 2020 … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2020

A Win for Press Freedom

Washington has one of the strongest reporter shield laws, as depicted in this map from the RCFP. RCW 5.68.010, which went into effect in 2007, “provides the news media with absolute protection for confidential sources and qualified protection for other … Continue reading

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  August 2020

Seattle Judge Rules Against the Press

Seattle Times and TV Stations Must Hand Over Footage to Police Despite Washington state’s reporter shield law that protects journalists from having to relinquish notes, documents or sources in most cases, freedom of the press was dealt a disturbing blow … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Today’s Threats Against Journalists

Here is a sample of headlines from May 30 to June 1, 2020, illustrating the dangers journalists face, as reported by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. •  “The Buffalo News (NY) crew hit by police pepper balls while covering protests.” … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Despite Threats, Student Journalists Head Into the Profession

When I graduated from college in the early 1990s with a journalism major, there was no talk of reporter safety — where to get a gas mask to protect you from pepper spray or how to handle an assault by … Continue reading

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  May 2020

Freedom of the Press Amid Covid-19

KUOW Pulls Plug on Live White House Briefings On March 25, 2020, public radio station KUOW announced that it would stop airing President Trump’s live Coronavirus Task Force briefings. With no time to adequately fact-check the president’s often misleading and … Continue reading

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  April 2017

Free County Publications Proliferate

In 2004 and 2006, Whatcom Watch published articles by news junkie Alan Rhodes about free publications available to readers in Whatcom County. Listed on the Currently Available Periodicals sidebar are 42 publications, one more than counted by Alan Rhodes in … Continue reading

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