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The Guardian's freedom of information guide

This is something I haven't seen any North American publication do: Offer up a chunk of its website as a guide to using freedom of information laws. You can view it here. It talks about how to file FOI requests to obtain information about one's self, public bodies, on environmental matters and using such laws in […]

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Spending money to make money

A December-January 2005 column on how the New York Times resuscitated itself from being a financial basketcase in the mid-1970s to being the success it is today. The recipe? Sometimes, you improve a soup by adding meat and tomatoes, not by watering down the broth. Columnist John Morton explains, talking about some fateful meetings between […]

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When your feet are in the fire

This is a December-January 2005 American Journalism Review story on how news outlets should handle a crisis: Plagiarism, fabrication, accusations your story sits on a foundation of forged documents … the sort of thing we've all become sadly familiar with. The story opens with how the Seattle Times coped with an accusation of plagiarism against […]

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