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Dispatch Caught Unpublishing Article Online

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    03:15 PM – September 10, 2014
    Columbus Dispatch lets down readers by unpublishing story
    By Anna Clark

    DETROIT, MI — Each day, editors across the country make choices about what news is “fit to print.” But what about the news that’s fit to un-print?

    That was the question faced last week at the Columbus Dispatch, where the editor had second thoughts about a politically sensitive story hours after it appeared on the paper’s site. The decision to pull the article—and the manner in which it was pulled—underscores how, years into the digital era, there aren’t widely understood conventions on when and why to unpublish a story. The episode also highlights the importance of transparency in these decisions, and how confusion or a lack of clarity can make news outlets vulnerable to accusations of ulterior motives. On a couple of fronts, the Dispatch could have done better here.

    READ MORE: http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/columbus_dispatch_unpublishes_dewine_story.php

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