Thursday, July 07, 2005

Sources, Scruples, and the Star Tribune

Isn't it charming to see so many employees of the "Newspaper of the Twin Cities" rally to protect confidential sources?

Associated Press Writer
July 6, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Just before a judge sent a New York Times reporter to jail, journalists here rallied at the federal courthouse Wednesday to argue that reporters shouldn't be forced to reveal sources in court.

More than 100 First Amendment advocates and journalists, most from the Star Tribune, attended the noon rally the same day a federal judge ordered reporter Judith Miller jailed for not revealing her sources to a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity. Another reporter, Matt Cooper of Time magazine, agreed to testify.

"If we can't keep our promises to protect people's identities, then that information is going to dry up,'' said Allie Shah, a Star Tribune reporter who helped organize the rally. The rally was sponsored by several groups, including the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and the Minnesota Newspaper Guild Typographical Union.

Similar rallies were held in several other cities across the country, and organizers also asked newsrooms to observe two minutes of silence to show their support for Miller and Cooper. At the Star Tribune, about 200 employees participated, Shah said.

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I wonder if Dan Cohen was invited.


Blogger Derek Jensen said...

After the Cohen case, I'm not exactly sure how the Star Tribune has managed to survive for the past 23 years. But maybe lack of good information explains the type of journalism reporters like Allie Shah has been forced to provide us news consumers in the Twin Cities. An excerpt from an interview she did with the University of Iowa:

When asked to share a favorite story from her current beat, Shah spoke about reporting a story in the early afternoon at the Minnesota state fair. While looking around, Shah noticed a young couple embracing in the hot dog line. Shah thought they looked perfect for her second assignment, "young love at the fair."

Yikes. Talk about a time when we needed a source to dry up.

More keen reportorial insticts are shown in this statement regarding the moment of silence engaged in earlier on Wednesday:

Many of the Star Tribune reporters said they hadn't seen such broad interest among journalists in a case, noting the silence in newsroom that morning. "It was the quietest I've ever seen this newsroom," Shah said.

Yep, moments of silence are funny that way.

July 09, 2005 2:28 AM  

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