“The Framers of the American Constitution and the United States Supreme Court envisioned the press as holding a special role within the First Amendment framework that is frustrated by sloppy reporting. For journalism to serve its special role, it depends upon the trust of its readers. Fact checking, source attribution, and prompt error correction are fundamental prerequisites to a credible press, which is itself a democratic imperative. When the public lacks confidence in the competence of the institutional press, it effectively loses its sole independent watchdog.”
—Carrie Leonetti, University of Oregon School of Law, “Quacks Like a Duck: A New Test for News Media Libel in the United States,” Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 2012.
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News from USU’s award-winning student news site, The Hard News Café
• Reminder: Overnight parking ban starts Nov. 15 in Logan, by Brandon Fonda
• Reporter’s Notebook: Night in a cop car with ‘hell trying to break loose,’ by Dani Hayes
• Weekly News Roundup (11/12/12)
• Failure to appear for court a common reason for arrest, cops say, by Jessica Sonderregger
• Paradise Town Council finances pass auditor’s muster, by Katie Swain
• Planning Commission says N. Logan’s form-based code law is finished, by Jessica Sonderregger
• Washington view: Life of the intern in the DC office of the SL Tribune, by Betsy Blanchard • HAM radio: Old-time ‘social media’ still important, by Dani Hayes
• Journalism and PR students scramble, learn in crisis simulation, by Kristen Munson
• Aggie TV News: Election 2012, 2 Valley suicides, sports & a snowy forecast, (Nov. 7) anchored by Ryan Humphries and Romina Nedakovic
• USU students run exit polls as Republicans sweep Utah in Obama win, by D. Whitney Smith
• American, 25, postpones life to save abandoned children of Ethiopia, by Mackinzie Hamilton (special from The Oregonian)
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