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Our View: Mindfulness drove this story decision

 

February 19, 2021



Sometimes, the press will protect the identity of a source in order to protect that person from retribution, scorn or embarrassment, or for some other reason. That doesn’t alleviate the reporter’s duty to verify the information, but the source’s name will be protected from the public.

But what happens when the person is actually willing to be named, but the editor decides to protect the source anyway?

That’s what happened with Pine Knot News editor Jana Peterson’s piece last week on the decades-old

sexual assault of a teenage student by a teacher and her basketball coach, Robert...



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