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Meet Representative Journalism’s Advisory Board

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Now that we have our Northfield, Minnesota Community Reporting Fellowship posted at, I am sure more people will be interested in knowing more about us. There are really three five parts to us now. The three of us who are overseeing the daily workings of the trial, our national advisory board, andour funding partner, our researcher and the [...]

The New Yorker, Blogs, PJNet and the Future

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Last night I went to my, I swear, last, panel discussion on Blogs and Journalism. This one sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club. Also I finally got around to reading The New Yorker article, Out of Print, talking mostly about the desmise of newspapers. Here too, I swear, I will not read another of those “death of [...]

Witt’s Representative Journalism Funded for $51,000

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Hello Eric Von Hippel and thank you for convincing me that “free revealing” works.Several months ago, as regular readers of the know, I started freely revealing my idea of Representative Journalism to the world. Ruth Ann Harnisch, a former TV, print and radio journalist  and now president of the Harnisch Family Foundation, came across [...]

CJR: Does Journalism Need a Rhetoric Beat?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Fascinating essay in the Columbia Journalism Review by Brent Cunningham about  how politically manipulative words make their way, often unchallenged, into the mainstream press and sometimes with dire consequences. Take for example the phrase “war on terror.” Cunningham writes:
The point is that the ready and largely uncritical embrace of the war narrative—in key realms of the [...]

Want Science News? Start Your Own Publication

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I have been running a series of videos on the future of journalism. At ConvergeSouth 2007 I did an interview with Anton Zuiker of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, home of the world renown Research Triangle Park. Zuiker says as local newspapers are less inclined to support their medical and science writers “there [...]