Andrew Alexander, the recently appointed Ombuds for the Washington Post, concludes that news Ombudsmen are endangered by shrinking newsroom budgets. Alexander came away from the Organization of News Ombudsmen conference last week with survival tips that will resonate with all varieties of Ombuds. “One was to keep a ‘respectful distance’ from the people we cover in the newsroom, even though some of them may be friends. Another piece of advice that brought a collective nod of approval: ‘Keep a sense of humor.’” (Washington Post Omblog.)
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