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posted: 9/28/2012 5:00 AM

Herald's high standards evident in reporting

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I read with interest Mr. Slusher's commentary on the role of editors in today's era of instant citizen news. I applaud the Daily Herald's efforts to uphold high journalistic standards at a time when critical judgment is often sacrificed for immediacy and exploitation. It is difficult to withstand the demands for the sensational, driven by media more interested in ratings than reason.

While I have not always agreed with some of the paper's positions, and I feel that coverage of some local entities is uneven, I respect the Herald's attempt to communicate in a constructive and consistent manner. Over the last several years the paper has applied higher standards to its reporting, replacing sensation with good sense, eschewing the salacious for responsibility to the entire community it serves. Often the truth is difficult to determine, but setting the bar higher affords the reader a better chance to learn the facts that support that truth.

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The Daily Herald and its editorial staff demonstrate a dedication to authoritative and ethical reporting, keeping back what is neither relevant nor responsible, promoting accuracy and objectivity. I urge them to continue.

Sheila M. Barrett

Elk Grove Village

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