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  • Survey: For foreign correspondents in China, getting a press card still ‘a privilege rather than a professional right’

    In January of this year, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China conducted an annual survey of members’ visa issues and found that, compared with past years, getting a visa in China was easier for foreign journalists in 2014. In an email, the FCCC reported the findings of the survey, which had 126 responses.

    We are disturbed, however, to find that the Chinese authorities are continuing to abuse the press card and visa renewal process in a political manner, treating journalistic accreditation as a privilege rather than a professional right, and punishing reporters and media organizations for the content of their previous coverage if it has displeased the government.

    Some of the findings:

    – Authorities appeared to use visas as a tool to threaten journalists, causing some to leave the country, one to change jobs and several to miss important stories. Read more

  • CJR’s site redesign wasn’t just cosmetic

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    Columbia Journalism Review’s “Darts and Laurels” has been around for decades, at least. But with Monday’s site redesign, the feature examining what works and what doesn’t in journalism got an update.

    Now, it’s called “Hit or Miss.” And like the newly redesigned site, it’s not just a facelift.

    In the past, CJR saved the “Darts and Laurels” feature for print. That didn’t work as well in a time when media news moves quickly and seeing something weeks later means there’s likely little context. Now, the goal is to do more “Hit or Miss” online on a regular basis, said Elizabeth Spayd, CJR’s editor-in-chief and publisher. The print version will be a compilation of the best from the site.

    “The concept hasn’t been changed,” she said. “If anything, I think that we put more value on it now.”

    A lot of people didn’t know what “Darts and Laurels” meant, she said, and for people who come to CJR’s site, which is where they get the majority of traffic from, the new name offers more clarity. Read more

  • Supreme Court decision is a victory for whistleblowers and the media

    This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP’s Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow Kimberly Chow wrote this article.

    Robert MacLean took his whistleblowing case to the Supreme Court and won. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Robert MacLean took his whistleblowing case to the Supreme Court and won. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Were media lawyers asleep at the wheel when a major whistleblower case came through the Supreme Court this term? While all eyes were turned on Jim Risen and efforts to revise Justice Department policies on when it subpoenas reporters, were we missing the potential for a major precedent affecting sources?

    At first glance, the ruling in January in favor of federal air marshal Robert MacLean, who leaked information to an MSNBC reporter, looks unremarkable, and it received little attention from the media lawyers at a time when the focus was on Risen. Read more

Laura Hand Wright


Laura Hand is probably best-known as the news anchor on WSTM-TV's "Action News at Noon," but she has many other jobs at the station -- and has taken on many roles in community organizations as well.
Laura got into news broadcasting while studying at Syracuse University. In the 1969-70 school year, she served as news director for WAER-FM. She spent the following summer as editor of "Report to the Middle East" at the Voice of America in Washington. After receiving a degree in journalism and political science in 1971, she joined WFBL radio as a news reporter for two years.

In 1972, Laura switched to television, joining WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV) Channel 3 as a reporter. She's been there ever since -- mostly in news. She not only anchors Channel 3’s noon newscast, but also puts the program together every day. She also hosts and produces "Our Community" each Sunday, produces and writes the community calendar feature "3 in Touch," and is the web content manager for CNY Entertainment on Until a few years ago, Laura was the early morning news anchor and producer/anchor for public affairs documentaries.

Since January 1993, she added the position of community relations director to her resume. In that role, her responsibilities include developing campaigns to increase Channel 3's visibility in the community, producing and tracking public service announcements, and involving members of the station staff in community activities.

When it comes to community activities, Laura could be the role model for involvement. She is vice chair of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, working on marketing and annual resource development. She initiated the annual Tree of Lights gift program during the Christmas holidays, and expanded the Salvation Army's Dome Day food donation program.

She is also on the Northeast Community Center’s board of directors and serves on Syracuse’s Weed & Seed steering committee. And if all of this isn't enough, she finds time to read to school children and emcee community events.

Over the years, Laura has served with the "Hope for the Bereaved" advisory board, where she helped establish the Butterfly Garden of Hope on Onondaga Lake Parkway; the Mental Health Association Task Force on Children and Adolescents; Metropolitan Commission on Aging outreach project; American Lung Association CNY Chapter Board; Syracuse organizing committee, National Senior Sports Classic, Syracuse Press Club board; and a number of SU organizations including the Newhouse School Alumni Association board.

All of these activities have won Laura a large number of awards. Among them, she was named an SU Outstanding Alumna in 1992; She received the Marguerite Higgins Journalism Prize for Gulf War coverage; a National Merit Award from the Community Action Network for the "Feed the Hungry" campaign in 1994; three awards from the Associated Press and 10 from the Syracuse Press Club, including two SPC Professional Standards awards. Laura is listed in "Who’s Who of American Women."
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"Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press."
---    Hugo L Black, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

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