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Just Be Clear

I'm only a columnist, not an editor-in-chief; however I do know that good journalism requires that a columnist's opinion and the editor's opinion must be labeled as such.
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Paul, regarding Skip's comments that triggered the avalanche of nastygrams ("Journalism We Can Be Proud Of," Jan. 14), I'll put my 3 cents in. (Funny that there's no cent symbol on keyboards anymore!)

I'm only a columnist, not an editor-in-chief; however I do know that good journalism requires that a columnist's opinion and the editor's opinion must be labeled as such. You're right that policy and politics can't be separated from each other. (As a state employee, I sure know that!)

As long as you make it clear who said what and distinguish facts from editorial opinion, you have every right to keep doing what you're doing. This is how I handle my monthly column and my blog. I haven't had a complaint yet.

H. Robert Schroeder, N2HX
Communications and Warning Officer
N.J. Office of Emergency Management
Trenton, N.J.

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