Jim Pumarlo, Community Newspaper Training

Don't hide suicides from your readers

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Publishers Auxiliary/May 2005

Suicide reports stir the strongest emotions among grieving families and friends. These stories prompt the most strident complaints that newspapers are sticking their nose into personal affairs. Newspapers also face resistance from authorities regarding release of information, even though cause of death is public information under many state laws.

Newspapers need to print all the news

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Publishers Auxiliary/April 2005

Star athletes expect to read their names in the local newspaper after scoring three touchdowns or making a game-winning basket. But imagine the shock ó to them and their parents ó when the community reads about an athleteís suspension for violation of state high school league rules.

General news photos also can be a shock. And while all editors love to feature hometown pride, the reaction can be quite different when the page-one photo is the scene of a fatal accident involving a local resident.

Prep sports suspensions must be reported

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Quill Magazine/April 2005

Is the suspension of high school athletes newsworthy? Absolutely, and especially when it affects a game's outcome.

By identifying youths, are newspapers really looking out for their best welfare? Yes, though it may not be immediately recognized by students, parents or coaches.

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