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Archive for September, 2004

Vioxx, Informal News Channels and Me

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Why did I hear that Vioxx was dangerous in July while sitting at a cafeteria in Spain, but the rest of the world is only catching up with the story now?
In June I got this rather spontaneous and extremely painful inflammation of my sternoclavicular joint. My doctors here in the States put me [...]

Restore Trust: Seek Core Values; Citizens Vs. Consumers

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

The first Restoring the Trust IM Interview I ran yesterday with Buzz Merritt did as I hoped it would. It got thoughtful people like Tim Porter of First Draft and Dan Suwyn, managing editor at the Savannah Morning News, to expand upon how journalists can get back the public’s trust. Both are excellent reads.
Here [...]

Buzz Merritt: News Media Must Regain Vigor, Courage

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

This interview with Davis “Buzz” Merritt, a founder of the public journalism movement, is the first in a series of Leonard Witt IM Interviews I plan to do over the next year under the heading Journalism and the Public: Restoring the Trust. It is part of a bigger project I am in the midst of [...]

Power Trips: Exposes Legislators’ Travel Freebies

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

Public radio’s Marketplace, American RadioWorks series called Power Trips is journalism at its best. In great detail it showcases which of our federal elected legislators are taking the most and least travel freebies from all sorts of organizations.
The winner for my state Georgia is Senator Saxby Chambliss. On one seven-day free trip to Italy he [...]

Small Start-up Seeks Public Journalism Models

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

I received an email request for advice from Tom White, a publisher launching Social Enterprise Reporter: News and Innovations for Nonprofit Entrepreneurs. He writes:
I am seeking referrals to public journalism models for business journalists. Have the tenets of public journalism been translated and used successfully in business, trade or commercial publishing? I am launching the [...]