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FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014

Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Who can take pics of police? 

Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. The arrest of two reporters covering the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week prompted outrage in some quarters and posed the question of just who can take pictures of police officers. The answer...

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MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

Questioning A Reporter's Motives Paul Turner of The Slice blog offers tongue-in-cheek reasons why journalists enter professon: A) To work in a profession where you don't have to pass state-sanctioned tests to demonstrate competence. B) To meet sexy male editors. C) So pseudonymous online readers could dump self-impressed...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Neely: Don't Blame Journalists

I’ve glimpsed on Facebook these last two weeks the occasional pledge to boycott news organizations that make any mention of the Aurora, Colo., shooter’s name. This impulse appears driven by compassion and sensitivity to victims’ families. And yet it’s all wrong. Here’s why: It is...

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Edit: Hoffman Let's State Secret Slip 

At the Lewiston Tribune, opinionator Marty Trillhaase thanks Wayne Hoffman of the right-wing Idaho Freedom Foundation for revealing true intent of the new closed primaries pushed by the Idaho GOP -- to out the politics of certain people: "Here's what he told the Tribune's Brad...

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Publisher: My Reporters Can Vote 

In the final few days of this legislative session, as capitol reporters were scurrying to wrap up stories on the big budget items regarding teacher pay, tax cuts and restoring the state’s “rainy day” fund, they unexpectedly found themselves grappling with a far more personal...

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IFF: Never Planned Journo Outing 

Wayne Hoffman, the head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, says his group has never planned to research track whether — or how — reporters vote in the May 15 party primaries. On Wednesday, Hoffman took issue with an Idaho Press Club newsletter column written by...

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.