Jim Pumarlo, Community Newspaper Training
 
 

Jim Pumarlo wrote a weekly column

  as editor at the Red Wing (Minn.) Republican Eagle. His column was recognized in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest as a consistent winner in the category for "best explanation of news operations or ethics." He received the Minnesota News Council's first "Accountability Award" in 2000.

"How can you not win? Jim Pumarlo's columns provide readers with information vital to understanding the policies, ethics, standards and content of this newspaper. It's well-written, informative and enlightening - especially so for readers interested in the 'behind the scenes' thinking that editors do every day. It's a good column. It might be something my newspaper 'creates' in the future."
-- Judge's comments Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest, 2000-01 Best Explanation of Newspaper Operations or Newspaper Ethics, first place

"More papers should adopt this policy. You're not afraid to admit an error in judgment - something that goes a long way toward building readers' trust."
-- Judge's comments Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest, 1997-98 Best Explanation of Newspaper Operations or Newspaper Ethics, first place

Port Authority abuses open meeting law

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Red Wing Republican Eagle
Sept. 6, 2000

Port Authority commissioners met in closed session Thursday night on the stated basis of attorney-client privilege to discuss litigation pending against the agency by former Executive Director Don Holbrook.

Was local resident upstaged by 'paid' letter-writer?

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Red Wing Republican Eagle
Aug. 23, 2001
A reader wrote last week, denouncing the R-E for shortchanging the "honest comments of a longtime local reader" by publishing a rebuttal from an out-of-state resident - "a professional who has a vested interest, a doubtful local connection to the Red Wing community"?

Schools must give details of 'bad' news, too

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Red Wing Republican Eagle

A 14-year-old places first in a school competition. It's a good bet we'll get a call from the teacher, principal and child's family encouraging us to publicize the event. <--pagebreak->

Lighten up, readers; review was positive

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Red Wing Republican Eagle
May 17, 2001
Staff writer Mike Fielding enjoyed Red Wing High School's spring musical, "Pirates of Penzance." Just ask him.Better yet, read what he wrote about the play in the May 11 edition of the R-E: "While it is an agreeable entree into operetta and the roots of the modern musical, 'Pirates' also is a fine example of what high school theater could be - but so often fails to be."

Fielding's sentiments were clear to him, and this editor, but not all readers interpreted his remarks the same way.

Rights and responsibilities of reporting public records

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Red Wing Republican Eagle
May 10, 2001
A couple get a divorce, but it is not recorded in the newspaper until four months later. Someone appears in court for a domestic assault, but the sentence isn't reported in the newspaper until weeks after the fact.

Their publication raises two questions: What constitutes these items as news? Why is there such a delay in the report?

This time, privacy outweighs right to know

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Red Wing Republican Eagle
March 2, 2000
Our front page Monday carried a report of a 7-week-old boy who was revived after suffering cardiac arrest. The "heroes" included foster parents John and Sarah Robinson of Red Wing along with Lt. Randy Smith who was first to arrive at the housel. Scott Jackson, Randy Olson and Doug Rogers also were among those who responded.

Report on meth lab valuable to dialogue

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Red Wing Republican Eagle
Feb. 10, 2000

Did the Republican Eagle overstep its bounds in reporting on the police raid of an apparent methamphetamine lab in Mazeppa last week?

Separation of news, ads

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Red Wing Republican Eagle
Aug. 19, 1999

An advertiser contacts the Republican Eagle to ask for news coverage of what is strictly a promotional event. Another business may threaten to pull advertising in a disagreement about editorial policy. In each case, the issue is decided on merit without regard to pressure.

The strength of newspapers is built on the separation of news and advertising. That's often a challenge, especially in small markets where the support of a major advertiser can be very important.

Readers object to victory cigar

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Red Wing Republican Eagle

A handful of readers took the R-E and Goodhue County Sheriff-elect Dean Albers to task over a front-page photo the day following the election. The photographer captured Albers lighting a cigar at a victory celebration at a friend's house.

R-E falls short in stabbing case

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Red Wing Republican Eagle

A reader asked Wednesday in People's Platform: "Why do some people's stories make front-page news and then when other people's side of the story comes out, it's printed on the second or third page? Is there a reason for this or a bias as far as the paper goes?"

 


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