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PBS Ombudsman


April 2013

April 23, 2013

Sliding Down Journalism's Slippery Slope

Every course for beginners in journalism starts out with something called "The Five Ws." They stand for: Who, What, When, Where and Why. They are at the root of factual, investigative pursuits — not just in journalism. The formulation dates... More »

April 17, 2013

Taking Note, and Not Taking Note

The first part of the headline on this brief column, "Taking Note," is the title of a widely-read blog by veteran PBS NewsHour and Frontline education correspondent John Merrow. In January, I wrote about a Frontline program featuring Merrow's reporting... More »

April 10, 2013

'Speak No Ill of the Dead'

Yesterday, I posted a brief column taking note of how informative the PBS NewsHour can be, and usually is, even when there are no big headlines, as was the case last Friday. The headline on the column read: "Above Average... More »

April 9, 2013

Above Average on an Average Day

Over the course of any year, the hour-long, five-nights-a-week PBS NewsHour probably gets more than its share of the mail that comes to the ombudsman. That's not surprising. It's PBS's only daily news program and those who watch are people... More »

April 4, 2013

Firing Blanks?

At the bottom of an ombudsman's mailbag posted on March 7, were two letters from viewers who challenged the accuracy of a statement by former New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir on the recent PBS documentary "After Newtown: Guns... More »
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