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

Challenges of reporting violence

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Red Wing Republican Eagle

The murder of Charlene Swanson last month has raised the awareness of domestic abuse one more notch in this community. Yet it's one of the most difficult subjects we cover in the newspaper — due both to legal restrictions and to our concern for all the parties involved.
Our reporter's excellent package a week ago gave insight into what it's like to be the victim of domestic abuse. We hope the stories also gave other victims of domestic violence timely information about where they can turn for assistance.

No privileges for advertisers

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Red Wing Republican Eagle

"You won't read that in the paper," the person says. "After all, it's one of the R-E's biggest advertisers."

That comment might hold truth at some newspapers, but it's not the case here. Over the years we've probably frustrated more than a few advertisers who seek privileges getting something printed in or omitted from the newspaper.

We pride ourselves on the distinction between news and advertising. In the long run, everyone benefits from a policy of clear separation.

Reader complains to News Council

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Red Wing Republican Eagle

"This newspaper tries conscientiously to report news fairly and accurately. When we fall short of this objective, we welcome complaints from our readers. Please direct your complaints to our editors whose names are listed here. If we cannot resolve our differences, we would welcome you to register your complaint with the Minnesota News Council, an organization which has our complete support."

Public salaries go with territory

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Red Wing Republican Eagle
Jan, 18, 1990

Joe Johnson's thoughtful letter on this page set the editors to scratching their heads. Is it truly in the public interest to list the salaries of local government workers by name?

Our definition of business news

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Red Wing Republican Eagle
May 11, 1989

A restaurant gets new owners. That's news. The same restaurant sends out a press release about the popularity of its special home-made soup. That's an ad.
An investment firm relocates. That's news. The company announces a new line of annuities. That's an ad.

A retailer opens in town. That's news. The same merchant sends press releases about grand openings and successive anniversary sales. Those are ads.


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