Soliciting Articles for Publication

  Whatcom Watch editor Sally Hewitt. As the editor of Whatcom Watch, I’m constantly on the lookout for new writers and oftensolicit articles for publication. This month, we’re putting out the call for experienced writers. Whatcom Watch has no reporters per se and is mainly a volunteer organization. [Read More...]

By |2021-12-31T08:37:35-08:00December 31, 2021|Journalism|

Whatcom Watch Series Wins Award

by Jennifer Karchmer Jennifer Karchmer returned to Ithaca, New York to further her freedom of the press advocacy. Ithaca is a City of Asylum for journalists and writers in exile. Jennifer is a 1991 graduate of Ithaca College.Photo courtesy: Jennifer Karchmer To the Editor: Hello from Ithaca, New [Read More...]

By |2022-03-09T14:54:38-08:00August 31, 2021|Journalism|

Whatcom Watch Featured on KING5 News

courtesy: Jennifer Karchmer Recently, a staff person added Steve Bunin to the Whatcom Watch mailing list. Mr. Bunin usually anchors the noon news on Channel 5 in Seattle. A segment of the news show he anchors is called “Above the Fold,” which highlights three local publications in northwest [Read More...]

By |2021-02-21T07:37:12-08:00February 21, 2021|Journalism|

Washington Reporters Get Free Legal Help

by Jennifer Karchmer Microsoft and Davis Wright Tremaine Protect Journalists Freelance journalists and small newsrooms that lack funds to hire lawyers can get pro bono legal representation from Microsoft and Seattle law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. The two companies joined forces in 2020 to launch the Protecting Journalists Pro Bono [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T08:49:52-08:00January 25, 2021|Journalism|

A Win for Press Freedom

Washington has one of the strongest reporter shield laws, as depicted in this map from the RCFP. RCW 5.68.010, which went into effect in 2007, “provides the news media with absolute protection for confidential sources and qualified protection for other journalistic materials and information.” Source: https://www.rcfp.org/reporters-privilege/. by Jennifer Karchmer Seattle [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T10:13:18-08:00November 8, 2020|Journalism|

Seattle Judge Rules Against the Press

by Jennifer Karchmer Seattle Times and TV Stations Must Hand Over Footage to Police Despite Washington state’s reporter shield law that protects journalists from having to relinquish notes, documents or sources in most cases, freedom of the press was dealt a disturbing blow on July 23 when a Seattle judge [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T13:57:13-08:00August 25, 2020|Journalism|

Today’s Threats Against Journalists

Artwork by Hilary Cole Here is a sample of headlines from May 30 to June 1, 2020, illustrating the dangers journalists face, as reported by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. •  “The Buffalo News (NY) crew hit by police pepper balls while covering protests.” •  “Student journalists fired upon [Read More...]

By |2020-07-19T07:08:18-07:00July 19, 2020|Journalism|

Freedom of the Press Amid Covid-19

by Jennifer Karchmer KUOW Pulls Plug on Live White House Briefings On March 25, 2020, public radio station KUOW announced that it would stop airing President Trump’s live Coronavirus Task Force briefings. With no time to adequately fact-check the president’s often misleading and false claims, the station said, it was [Read More...]

By |2022-03-10T18:01:45-08:00May 10, 2020|Journalism|

Free County Publications Proliferate

by Jim Kjeldsen and Bill McCallum In 2004 and 2006, Whatcom Watch published articles by news junkie Alan Rhodes about free publications available to readers in Whatcom County. Listed on the Currently Available Periodicals sidebar are 42 publications, one more than counted by Alan Rhodes in 2004. The difference between [Read More...]

By |2022-03-18T13:03:40-07:00April 5, 2017|Journalism|